Hopefully Seattle had brought their Lunchables and some #2 pencils, among other tried and true classroom staples, because in tonight's series finale, the Halos took them all to school, big time. Class was in session, and the lessons of the evening were long ball division and Seattle: History, as the Angels closed out the Big A set with as resounding 11-2 victory.
The name of the Angels' offensive game was home runs. The balls were flying out of Angel Stadium like ebullient signal flares, with Albert Pujols cranking two dingers (one was a two-run beauty), Justin Upton getting one (that scored three Halos players), and David Fletcher getting one. That's seven runs right there off of the homer parade, which was more than enough cushion for the pitching staff to do the rest of the work.
On top of those jacks, however, the Angels were just all around slapping the snot out of the Mariners' pitching attack, and the home town dudes would tally up 15 total knocks and 11 runs when the fat lady finally sang. So did the pitching tonight hold up their end to complete the win? Yup. Sure did.
Tyler Skaggs was the starter of record, and he looked mighty fine, going six innings and giving up just five hits and one earned run in his time on the mound. Solid as a center field rock pile, party people. The bullpen continued their recent revival to relevance, staving off Seattle for the rest of the three innings after Skaggs and together, the offense and defense sure served up a demoralizing defeat to their house guests.
Class dismissed. Mariners failed.