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Nelson Cruz is the Angel killer (again) as Mariners’ 2-1 win over Halos finishes sweep

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MLB: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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The Angels are killing me lately...more or less the last week or two, but I guess specifically THIS SERIES with the Mariners. You know what I’m sayin’?

The games seem to go at a glacier pace, a tempo so slow that they make Sleep’s Dopesmoker seem like a grindcore song. Of course, they also lose these games, and spend their portion of the monotony floundering at the plate.

Tonight, the only run the Angels could get was on a wild pitch from Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma in the bottom of the third. Meanwhile, the Angels had actually got a nice 6.0 innings out of spot starter Jhoulys Chacin (in for an ailing Tyler Skaggs), in which he only gave up three hits, five Ks and just one solitary run (a Kyle Seager homer in the 5th).

This was it. Their game to win. It may have been a rough one to watch at times, but at least they were in it, all thanks to Chacin stepping up. Now they’d just have to figure out how to score in ways other than wild pitches. Maybe, I dunno, by hitting the ball. Fat chance. Instead, it was the Mariners that took their shot at the brass ring.

In the top of the 7th, with reliever Jose Valdez in the game for the Halos, Nelson Cruz launched a solo homer that put Seattle on top 2-1 and that’s where we’d end up at the end of the 9th. Like that, the game was over, as was the series. Tonight’s game last 6 hours (not really) and all we got out of it was a lousy loss and they’ve now lost 5 out of their last 6.

Why do we subject ourselves to this stuff?!?! Oh yeah, because sometimes there’s stuff like this:

That was cool! Mike Trout is my hero! Go Angels!

/grumblegrumblegrumble