Parker Bridwell pounded in Angels’ blowout loss to Mariners – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM — For four innings, Parker Bridwell defied the odds.

And then the fifth happened, ruining the night for Bridwell and the Angels.

Bridwell, who had skated through four innings of line drives with only one run on the board, was finally burned by four runs in the fifth inning of the Angels’ 10-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

The big blow was a three-run homer by Robinson Cano in the fifth, his first of two homers on the night.

Charged with five runs, Bridwell took a step back after a couple encouraging performances in his rookie season.

Bridwell had not allowed more than three runs in four games, and in his previous two outings he gave up two runs apiece at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park.

“That points to a young pitcher with great poise,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before the game. “Hopefully he’ll continue and not get flustered in situations where you might be a little too much adrenaline and might be taken out of your game.”

In this game, though, the Mariners were on Bridwell from the start.

In the second inning, Mitch Haniger hit a 111 mph line drive that was snagged by third baseman Yunel Escobar and turned into a double play. In the third, Cano drilled a ball 101 mph, but Eric Young Jr. caught it while crashing against the left field fence. In the fourth, Haniger hit a 103 mph liner into another double play.

At that point, the only run had scored on Mike Zunino’s 446-foot homer in the third. But it was clear that Bridwell wasn’t fooling the Mariners hitters.

As he began the fifth inning, the Angels bullpen was quiet.

Jarrod Dyson led off the inning with a double into right field. After a groundout, Jean Segura doubled into left-center, making it 2-0. Ben Gamel then ripped a single up the middle, sending Segura to third.

Bridwell’s first pitch to Cano was belted just over the fence in right, pumping the lead to 5-0 and changing the complexion of the game.

Even if Scioscia had a quicker hook on Bridwell, it still might not have mattered because the offense was quiet against Seattle lefty Ariel Miranda.

The Angels didn’t get their first hit against Miranda until the fourth inning, when Kole Calhoun’s broken-bat flare dropped into center. They had only two hits against him in seven innings.

Albert Pujols and Cameron Maybin, two key hitters at the top of the order, have both been particularly cold lately.

Pujols is hitting .196 (19 for 97) since he hit his 600th homer on June 3.

Maybin, who had been hot for…

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