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Mariners blank Angels; Trout (.326) finishes second in AL batting race

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SEATTLE -- Throughout the final month, with losses coming more often than wins, Seattle manager Eric Wedge noticed a resolve among his younger players as they went out day after day against teams in contention for the postseason.

Wedge is hoping those lessons learned this September are being used by his club a year from now in their own charge toward the postseason.

"I feel good about it. I do. You're never satisfied but I'm proud of the way these kids have played," Wedge said. "July and August were good months for us and very consistent months for us but I'm more proud of how they fought through September and all those teams we played in a playoff atmosphere every night for three weeks straight."

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Casper Wells tied a career-high with five RBI including a three-run homer in Seattle's six-run seventh inning, and the Mariners closed out the season with a 12-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

Seattle spent the final few weeks with a chance to help determine postseason fates. Their final 18 games came against teams headed for the postseason or in the chase into the final days. Seattle went just 6-12, but lessons were learned.

"We have a lot of young guys that are starting to find their way," Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak said.

Wells added a two-run single in the sixth to give Seattle a 6-0 lead and cruise to a second straight victory to close the regular season. Wells' homer in the seventh was his 10th of the season and capped an inning that included a two-run single by Carlos Triunfel. Montero added three RBI earlier in the game, a pair coming on a two-out double in the third.

Every batter in the Mariners starting lineup scored at least once and the 12 runs were the most scored at home all season. Kyle Seager also added an RBI double off Weaver in the first inning to push his team-leading total to 86.

Seattle finished 75-87, an eight-game improvement over 2011.

"We have confidence in each other and we have a good group of guys here," Seager said. "We took some major steps forward this year and I think we're going to continue."

Beavan threw eight innings, bouncing back from a poor start last weekend in Oakland where he failed to finish the fifth inning. He allowed seven hits and no strikeouts. Beavan ended the year going 8-5 after the All-Star break and will likely be part of the Mariners rotation in 2013.

"Ever since I've been back I've tried to work as hard as I can and harder than I did the first time," Beavan said. "It's easy to get a little relaxed when you have success up here and you don't get you mental side focused when you're trying to get guys out. That's the biggest thing I learned was a mindset."

Seattle also kept Angels' star rookie Mike Trout from making baseball history. Trout went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double leading off the sixth and a single in the eighth to finish the season with a .326 average. That was good for second in the AL batting race, but pretty much locked up the Triple Crown for Detroit's Miguel Cabrera.

It was a rough final day for Trout. He was plunked in the back by Seattle starter Blake Beavan (11-11) leading off the game, then thrown out by Jesus Montero trying for his 50th steal of the season. It was just the ninth runner all season thrown out by the Mariners rookie catcher.

Trout finally reached base in the sixth when he doubled just inside the right-field line and took third on Kole Calhoun's flyout to center. Albert Pujols then popped out down the right-field line and Trout tagged up and tried to score. Wells' throw was on target and beat Trout by a few steps.

Trout was trying to become just the third rookie in AL history to finish with130 or more runs and the company would have been elite. Joe DiMaggio scored 132 runs in 1936 and Ted Williams had 131 in 1939.

"These last two games, when Oakland knocked us out, it was tough to stay concentrated, tough to get motivated," Trout said. "It's a long year, you work so hard and all of a sudden you're out of it. It's tough."

Notes

  • The Angels used six pitchers in the finale.
  • RF Torii Hunter played three innings and was 0 for 2 at the plate before being replaced by Calhoun.
  • Seattle drew 15,614 and an unofficial final total of 1,723,286. That is the lowest total since Safeco Field opened and second straight year Mariners failed to draw 2 million.
 
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The Angels' Mike Trout (.326) is unable to catch Miguel Cabrera (.330) for the AL batting title as he finishes just shy.  (AP)
The Angels' Mike Trout (.326) is unable to catch Miguel Cabrera (.330) for the AL batting title as he finishes just shy. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

C. Wells
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Los Angeles

M. Trout
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF3020001 .326
Torii Hunter, RF2000001 .313
    Kole Calhoun, RF2000003 .174
Albert Pujols, DH3000001 .285
   a- Peter Bourjos, PH-DH1000002 .220
Kendrys Morales, 1B3020000 .273
    Bobby Wilson, 1B1000010 .211
Alberto Callaspo, 3B2000001 .252
   b- Andrew Romine, PH-3B2010000 .412
Mark Trumbo, LF4010013 .268
Howard Kendrick, 2B3000003 .287
Maicer Izturis, SS2010101 .256
Chris Iannetta, C2000002 .240
    Hank Conger, C1000001 .167
Totals3107012  
a-flied out for Pujols in the 8th
b-singled for Callaspo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Trout (27, Beavan), Kendrys Morales (26, Beavan)
SB - Maicer Izturis (17, 2nd base off Beavan/Montero)
CS - Mike Trout (5, 2nd base by Beavan/Montero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Maicer Izturis (10, Misplayed grounder), Andrew Romine (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jered Weaver (L,20-5) 1222210 2.81
Jerome Williams 4222140 4.58
Andrew Taylor 0.2122200 11.57
Nick Maronde 0.1100010 1.50
Barry Enright 1566101 14.73
Jordan Walden 1000000 3.46
HBP - Wells (by Jerome Williams)
WP - Andrew Taylor (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jered Weaver 25-13, Jerome Williams 61-35, Andrew Taylor 20-10, Nick Maronde 10-7, Barry Enright 41-24, Jordan Walden 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jered Weaver 1-1, Jerome Williams 6-2, Jordan Walden 4-0
Batters Faced - Jered Weaver 7, Jerome Williams 16, Andrew Taylor 5, Nick Maronde 2, Barry Enright 9, Jordan Walden 4
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dustin Ackley, 2B4100105 .226
Casper Wells, RF3225101 .228
Kyle Seager, 3B5221013 .259
John Jaso, DH4110113 .276
Justin Smoak, 1B4110113 .217
Jesus Montero, C4223101 .260
Michael Saunders, CF4100116 .247
Trayvon Robinson, LF4120010 .221
Carlos Triunfel, SS4112013 .227
Totals3612111166  
Batting
2B - Kyle Seager (35, Jer. Weaver), John Jaso (19, Enright), Jesus Montero (20, Williams)
HR - Casper Wells (10, Enright)
RBI - Casper Wells 5 (36), Kyle Seager (86), Jesus Montero 3 (62), Carlos Triunfel 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Casper Wells 5 (10), Jesus Montero 2 (25)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Casper Wells 1
DP - Wells-Montero, Triunfel-Ackley-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blake Beavan (W,11-11) 8700100 4.43
Stephen Pryor 1000020 3.91
HBP - Trout (by Blake Beavan)
Pitches-Strikes - Blake Beavan 99-71, Stephen Pryor 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Blake Beavan 6-15, Stephen Pryor 1-0
Batters Faced - Blake Beavan 30, Stephen Pryor 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15614
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Todd Tichenor