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Angels Ensure Wild Card Chase Remains Wild in Loss to M's

It felt like a Post Season atmosphere to one team and a Spring Training atmosphere to the other.

Major Leaguer yet again...
Major Leaguer yet again...
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FINAL SCORE IN SEATTLE: Angels 1 Mariners 2

The Angels started the 2014 season off with three straight losses to the Mariners and it looks like they are trying to finish it up that way too.

Mike Morin was pitching in his second inning of relief in the bottom of the eleventh inning when he gave up a one-out double followed by a single to put men on the corners. Vinnie Pestano was summoned to the mound. Keep in mind that Sunday will be a Cory Rasmus-led bullpen game. A sharp grounder to a drawn-in Grant Green caused him to hesitate throwing home and in electing to try a double play the speedy Austin Jackson crossed the 1B bag safely by a hair and the run scored at home counted.

Do you catch the irony in the former Oakland Athletics prospect Green - acquired by the Halos from the A's last year in exchange for Alberto Callaspo - choking it up just enough to boost the Mariners to one game out of the second Wild Card spot with one game left to play?

But the big story tonight was that the Halos have a number two starter!

C.J. Wilson bounced back from a terrible outing last week. He enjoyed a dominating six innings pitching against the Mariners on Saturday night. He allowed only four hits, but one was an RBI double in the seventh inning that had been led off with what would be his third and last BB of the game. He left with he score tied 1-1 and Fernando Salas saw to it that no other runs would score in that frame.

Jason Grilli loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning with nobody out. And then he got out of it. If that happens in October it shaves a good three years off your life in stress if you are a true Angels fan. Tonight it makes us all go - huh, wow, cool...

By this point Mike Scioscia had pulled all of his regulars, most of whom were hitting like crud and seem to equally need more rest and yet more batting practice. The Angels offensive highlight was a second-inning ground rule double by David Freese being driven in by a C.J. Cron single and the single was not really anything that could be called a "highlight" but okay, well, whatever, never mind...

Well the fog of this two weeks of Autumn Spring Training is about to clear. Win tomorrow and tie the 2002 squad for 99 victories. Lose and Oakland must win their game or it forces a Monday playoff game for the Wild Card spot... to be played in Seattle.

Crazy. Crazier than a Walk-Off Fielder's Choice from a five-man infield? Well, almost that crazy.