Wednesday seemed like it was going to be another typical outing for Ricky Nolasco. But the righty settled in, not allowing another run after the first, and the Angels rallied for a 3-2 win.
When Robinson Cano needed to come up with a nickname to wear on the back of his Mariners jersey for the inaugural Players Weekend celebration at the end of August, he dug into his Yankees past.
With their injury-riddled rotation requiring a radical approach to stay in the American League Wild Card chase, the Mariners have tried going with shorter outings for a number of unproven fill-in starters, supplemented by a rotating crew of long relievers and heavier reliance on the bullpen.
Andrew Bailey completed his long road back to the Majors on Tuesday night, tossing a scoreless inning in the Angels’ 3-1 series-opening loss to the Nationals at Nationals Park.
The hits just keep coming for Jahmai Jones. The Angels’ No. 2 prospect extended his hitting streak to 18 games on Tuesday with a leadoff double in Class A Advanced Inland Empire’s 2-0 win over Lake Elsinore. He also hit a single and walked once in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.
For the second game in a row, Rougned Odor’s heads-up running on the basepaths paid off. After stealing two bases and scoring three runs in the Rangers’ win on Monday, the second baseman provided what was, at the time, a crucial insurance run Texas needed in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s 10-4 win.
Andrew Albers picked up his first Major League victory since 2013 with five innings of one-run ball in his Mariners debut to help Seattle snap a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Orioles on Tuesday at Safeco Field.
Righty Ubaldo Jimenez will face off with rookie southpaw Marco Gonzales in the rubber match of a three-game series between the Orioles and the Mariners Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field.
The Royals and A’s will wrap up a three-game series with a day game Wednesday at the Coliseum, as Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy faces Oakland right-hander Paul Blackburn.
The Angels have won 12 of their last 17 games, going 10-4 in August, racking up the most wins in the Majors this month. Ricky Nolasco, who starts for the Halos on Wednesday at Nationals Park, hasn’t been as hot.
The Rangers are going to play it conservative with right-handed reliever Keone Kela, who is on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder for the second time this season. That’s why Ricardo Rodriguez’s performance was so important.