· Seattle now has 25 comeback wins this season, including 11 wins after trailing 3+ runs, most in the Majors ahead of Texas (9).
· The Mariners have hit 11 game-winning home runs in the 7th inning or later this season, 3rd-most in the Majors, trailing Texas (14) and Oakland (12).
· The Mariners recorded 3 two-out RBI (O’Malley’s 3-run home run)…entering play today, the Mariners ranked 6th in the Majors with 188 two-out RBI, trailing Boston (223), Washington (199), Tampa Bay (190), Toronto (189) and Cleveland (189).
· Each of the Mariners last 7 games (7/31 – c) have been decided by 2 runs or fewer…the Mariners are 4-3 in those 7 games.
o Seattle is 7-7 in 14 games decided by 2 runs this season.
· The Mariners bullpen combined for 5.0 scoreless innings in relief (Cody Martin: 2.2 IP, Drew Storen: 0.1 IP, Tom Wilhelmsen: 1.0 IP & Edwin Diaz: 1.0 IP).
· Shawn O’Malley (1×4, R, HR, 3 RBI) drove in the game winning run with a 3-run home run in the 7th inning.
o Recorded a career-high 3 RBI (previous: 2, 4x, last: 7/15 vs. HOU).
o Recorded his 5th career game-winning RBI.
o Is batting .292 (14×48) with 7 runs, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 RBI, 2 walks and 2 stolen bases since July 22.
· Guillermo Heredia (1×3, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 BB) hit his first Major League home run in the 3rd inning with a solo shot to left field.
o Is one of 7 Mariners outfielders to record an outfield assist this season, joining Leonys Martin (8), Seth Smith (4), Norichika Aoki (3), Nelson Cruz (2), Franklin Gutierrez (1) and Stefen Romero (1).
· Drew Storen recorded 0.1 scoreless innings and earned his first win with the Mariners.
· Franklin Gutierrez (3×5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI) hit his 11th home run of the season in the 5th inning.
o Equaled a season-high with 3 hits tonight (also: 6/17 at BOS).
· Ken Griffey Jr.’s number 24 was retired throughout the Mariners organization in a pre-game ceremony.
o Griffey is the first Mariners player to have his number retired by the franchise.
· Mike Trout (2×3, 2 R, 3B, HR, 4 RBI, BB) homered in back-to-back games for the 3rd time this year.
o Ranks tied for 7th all-time with 160 career home runs before age 25 (also: Albert Pujols & Frank Robinson).
o Trout is just the 2nd Angel to hit a 3+ run HR in back-to-back first innings (also: Don Baylor, 9/13-14/81)…is the 2nd player in MLB history to do this with no outs (also: Alan Trammell – 6/18-19/90).
o Recorded a season-high 4 RBI (previous: 3, 5x, last: 6/18 at OAK).
· Kole Calhoun (3×4, 2 R, 2B) equaled a season with 3 hits (8x – last: 6/25 vs. OAK).
· Tyler Skaggs gave up 1 run in the 1st inning which snapped a streak of 18.2 scoreless MLB innings, dating back to July 25, 2014.
o Went 5.1 innings tonight and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 4.
ANGELS MANAGER MIKE SCIOSCIA:
On Skaggs’ performance compared to his first two starts:
“I think his stuff looked pretty similar, he had good stuff tonight. Got into some bad counts, I don’t know if he was trying to be a little too fine at time. Got into some bad counts, obviously the walks didn’t help and when he got into some bad counts and got some fastballs over the heart of the plate those guys put the balls in play hard. But he got us to a certain point in the game but just made some mistakes.”
On it being tough to find continuity with all the moving parts in the bullpen:
“There’s moving parts because some guys have struggled to get into their game, there’s a reason for moving parts. So if we can’t establish roles, we at least have to get guys that can come in, in a certain situation and match up. We’re going to continue to work on that. We feel we have some good arms down there, we feel they can come in there, into games and hopefully make pitches. We had trouble doing that tonight.”