ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels refused to indulge in champagne, cigars or self-congratulation after securing their initial playoff mark in a half-decade.
Their goals extend distant over a small ritual they reached with nonetheless another widespread feat over a multiplication rival.
The Angels became a initial group in a majors to bind a postseason berth on Monday night, with Matt Shoemaker pitching five-hit round into a eighth inning of an 8-1 feat over a Seattle Mariners.
Manager Mike Scioscia finished his priorities transparent when he arrived during his postgame news discussion list and unceremoniously swept aside 3 Angels caps with postseason logos trustworthy to their sides.
“Guys are wakeful that this is one small miracle that we need, and we consider they’re unapproachable of that,” Scioscia said. “But we have a prolonged approach to go. we consider these guys know a bigger esteem that we need to keep a eyes on.”
They also need to watch their health. Albert Pujols left a diversion in a third inning with a left hamstring cramp after attack a three-run double, while Shoemaker felt annoy in his left side after his final pitch.
Pujols wrote off a cramp to dehydration on another prohibited day in Orange County, and he expects to play Tuesday. Shoemaker will have an MRI on Tuesday, though a pain had already left after a game.
David Freese and Brennan Boesch homered for a large league-leading Angels (94-56), who reduced their sorcery series to 3 in a AL West competition with their 11th feat in 12 games. Los Angeles is positive of during slightest a wild- label berth, though is 4 games forward of Baltimore in a query for home-field advantage via a playoffs.
“When a time comes, I’m flattering certain everybody is going to celebrate,” pronounced Pujols, who got a purchase two-out strike off Hisashi Iwakuma (14-8) for Los Angeles’ initial runs. “Just given we acquire a spot, that doesn’t meant you’ve finished your job.”
Shoemaker (16-4), who turns 28 subsequent weekend, softened his possess authorization record for rookie victories with his ninth win in 11 appearances given Jul 26. He pitched 7 shutout innings and didn’t concede a curtain to strech third bottom before Logan Morrison doubled and scored on dual groundouts in a eighth.
“Standing here right now, it feels fine,” Shoemaker said.
Tony Campana had a two-run singular and Howie Kendrick had an RBI double in a Angels’ 17th win in 20 games.
The Mariners (80-69) forsaken dual games behind Kansas City for a second AL furious label mark with their fifth detriment in 6 games.
Iwakuma couldn’t get out of a fourth inning of his initial career detriment to a Angels, agreeable 6 hits and a career-worst 7 runs. Humberto Quintero gathering in Seattle’s usually run.
“We’ve played them intensely well, and truthfully, adult until a time we took Kuma out of a game, they didn’t unequivocally strike a round that good,” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “But they’re a best group in baseball, so we don’t take anything divided from them.”
Iwakuma’s career-long prevalence of a Angels (5-0, 1.64 ERA) abruptly finished after he late Los Angeles’ initial 8 batters. The Japanese right-hander, who walked only 16 batters in his initial 176 innings this season, walked Efren Navarro and Mike Trout with dual outs in a third before Pujols privileged a bases with a shot down a left-field line.
“I suspicion Kuma was winning … (and) he finished it demeanour flattering easy,” McClendon said. “But a two-out travel on 4 pitches (to Navarro), and afterwards a wheels only came off and he couldn’t get it behind together.”
GAME OF FIRSTS
The Angels have a majors’ highest-scoring offense mostly given they get assistance from everybody with a bat. They installed a bases in a fourth for Campana, who delivered his initial RBIs for his new team. Boesch afterwards strike his initial homer for a Angels in a fifth, putting them adult 8-0.
Mariners: Dustin Ackley returned to left margin after blank 6 of a final 7 games with a left ankle injury. He left in a sixth inning.
Angels: Josh Hamilton’s harmed right shoulder felt clever after 3 rounds of batting practice. The cleanup hitter competence lapse as shortly as Wednesday.
After 3 uninterrupted wins with their bullpen stuffing harmed Garrett Richards’ revolution spot, a Angels will try it again, starting with reliever Cory Rasmus (3-1, 2.80). Roenis Elias (10-12, 3.81) pitches for Seattle.