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Angels Roadtrip Becomes A Bumpy Ride

Final Score in Seattle: Angels 3, Mariners 11

After keeping a tight game close at 4-3 with a run in the top of the 7th, the Angels stranded two men on and let reliever Jason Bulger return to pitch the bottom of the 7th. 11 batters later Justin Speier retired Adrian Beltre for the final out of the inning and the score standing at 11-3.

The blowout score belies what had been a close game, but it doesn't make the Angels situation against its AL West rivals any nicer. Seemingly no longer the pushover it once was, Seattle clicked on all cylinders, with superb pitching form Jarrod Washburn and timely hiting from Ken Griffey Jr., an almost cliché-sounding aphorism in the age when statistical analysis dismissed the effect Griffey would have on the recently-hapless Mariners.

But the hometown faithful have been roaringly approving of the return of "THE KID" and, at 40, he has yet to disappoint, blasting his 2nd HR of the season, his 1st at home this year, and yet the 400th of his Mariner career, all as a slow trickle of runs became a tsunami agianst the Salt Lake Bees bullpen imported up to the road caravan carying the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.