Cowgill homers, steals home as Angels beat Seattle

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 22, 2013 at 12:17 am •  Published: September 22, 2013
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — It's been obvious for quite some time that the Los Angeles Angels weren't going to the playoffs. Now it's official.

The Angels beat Seattle 6-5 Saturday night for their 21st victory in 28 games, but this surge came way too late. Earlier in the day, they were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention.

After starting the year with big expectations, boosted by the winter signing of former MVP Josh Hamilton, the injury-plagued Angels didn't spend one day atop the AL West after winning their season opener at Cincinnati.

The Angels have been no fewer than nine games out of first place since the All-Star break. This is their fourth straight year without a postseason berth, after winning five division titles.

"I think the one word that still lingers out of all this clubhouse and how we all feel is certainly 'frustration,'" manager Mike Scioscia said. "I don't think there's been any way to sugarcoat it. It's obviously not a good feeling when you don't accomplish your goal.

"There's been some nonperformance on our club, some injuries and some depth issues. But I think we've gone a long way in the past month to show the kind of baseball we can play, particularly on the pitching side. Hopefully we'll temper that frustration and finish strong," he said.

Collin Cowgill homered and also stole home for the Angels. Rookie Grant Green hit a three-run double to help Jerome Williams win his fourth straight start.

Cowgill walked and scored in the second inning and hit a solo homer in the fourth. He tripled to open the seventh, then broke for the plate as Andrew Romine squared around to try a suicide-squeeze bunt, and scored when left-hander Joe Saunders' pitch sailed to the backstop.

Williams (9-10) allowed one run, five hits and five walks in 5 2-3 innings. He left after No. 9 hitter Henry Blanco snapped an 0-for-32 drought with a bloop single.

"I always want to go out there and do my best," he said. "I've had a couple of rough stretches, and now I just want to finish strong and end this season on a good note."

Ernesto Frieri got three outs for his 36th save in 40 attempts despite giving up Raul Ibanez's 300th career homer.



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