The answer is, "Not well." At least, not just south of the 49th parallel. The Mariners, once threatening the Angels' lead, have meekly dropped further into second and now cling to the wild card after some uninspired pitching, slipshod defense, untimely hitting, bad luck, and poor coaching.
Did I leave anything out?
The most frustrating thing is knowing that the M's are better than this. No one expected them to sweep Anaheim, but we had every reason to expect a hard-fought 2-1 series--in either direction.
Geoff Baker writes,
That old sports saying about taking things "one game at a time"? It truly does apply here. Forget about dissecting the bits and pieces of today's game. The M's were still reeling from last night and finished the moment they fell behind. Happens a lot in these situations.Doesn't take the sting away, though. A sweep hurts.