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Angels look to stop losing streak against Mariners, Gonzales

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Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Mariners swept their first series of the season against the Angels, a two-game set in Seattle at the beginning of April. The M's won four of their last five games against the Angels in Los Angeles last season; Seattle hung 18 earned runs (10.13 ERA) on the Halos' starting pitchers in those five contests.
  2. Seattle has been swept in back-to-back series at home, against the Astros and Indians. The Mariners have gone 2-6 against teams currently at .500 or better and 11-2 against teams currently below .500.
  3. The Angels were swept in a three-game set by the Rangers in Texas, falling to last place in the AL West. The Halos are 6-1 (.857) at home this season and 2-9 (.182) on the road, the largest disparity (.675) between home and road record this season.
  4. Jay Bruce hit a solo home run in the second game against the Indians, his only hit and RBI in his last five games (18 at-bats, .222 slugging percentage). He slugged .673 and drove in 13 runs in his first 13 games of the season.
  5. Since the start of last season, Kole Calhoun is batting .239 with a .782 OPS in 76 games as a leadoff hitter and .162 with a .481 OPS in 78 games in any other lineup spot. This season, Calhoun has yet to reach base safely in any of his 16 plate appearances when not batting leadoff.
  6. Felix Hernandez will be making his 28th career start against the Angels in Los Angeles. The only active starter who has made as many as 28 starts on the road against an opponent is Justin Verlander against the Indians in Cleveland (28 starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/18/2019 thru 4/21/2019
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales will try to continue his hot start to the season, and maintain his recent dominance against the Los Angeles Angels, when the teams meet in the second game of their four-game series on Friday night in Anaheim, Calif.

Gonzales (4-0, 3.19) is the first pitcher for Seattle to win his first four starts of the season since Rick Honeycutt in 1980.

One of those wins came against the visiting Angels on April 2, when Gonzales allowed one run and four hits over 8 1/3 inning in the 2-1 victory.

Gonzales also went 3-0 in six starts against the Angels last season with a 3.34 ERA.

The chance to become the first pitcher in the majors to go to 5-0 is just a side note for Gonzales, who's more interested in the team's success.

"I love that we are out swinging bats," he said after his most recent outing. "Run support, I think that's the story to the start of the season. It's pretty comforting taking the mound when you know how our guys are swinging it."

Some Angels have done very well at the plate against Gonzales, while others have struggled.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout is 9-for-20 with a home run and three doubles in his career against Gonzales, and shortstop Andrelton Simmons is 9-for-22.

Albert Pujols is 2-for-20 and Kole Calhoun is 1-for-16, however.

Trout is expected to return to center field after serving as designated hitter the past four games since returning from a three-game absence because of a groin strain.

Pujols had two RBIs on Thursday night as the Angels nearly rallied from an eight-run deficit to win, which would have tied a franchise record. The 39-year-old Pujols needs four RBIs for 1,995 in his career, which would tie Lou Gehrig for fifth on the all-time list.

Los Angeles was down 10-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but scored seven runs in the inning and another in the eighth to tie the game at 10-10.

Jay Bruce hit an RBI pinch-hit single in the ninth, and the Mariners held on for an 11-10 victory to end a six-game losing streak.

Felix Pena (0-1, 3.65) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Angels, who have lost four in a row.

Pena's only appearance against the Mariners ranks as the worst of his major-league career.

Last season, he faced nine Seattle hitters and recorded one out on July 29, allowing seven runs and six hits in the eventual 8-5 loss at Angel Stadium.

Converted to a starter after two seasons as a reliever with the Chicago Cubs, Pena vowed to rebound from that performance and he lowered his ERA from 5.23 to 4.18 by the end of the season.

He's still looking to get past the fifth inning this season and become eligible for a win. He's allowed one earned run in 8 2/3 innings over his past two starts, both victories by the Angels.

Los Angeles could use a lengthy outing from Pena after using four relievers on Thursday.

"The bullpen has been taxed," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said after Thursday's loss. "Understandably, we go to them when we think the game is on the line, but I think long haul, it's going to have to happen less. We're going to need a little bit more length out of the starters."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 19, 2019

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