Detmers, Angels blown out by Mariners in ugly shutout loss

John Froschauer-USA TODAY Sports
The Angels managed just three hits across the final six innings as they dropped their fourth in a row and seventh of their last eight.

Los Angeles starter Reid Detmers suffered his sixth consecutive loss Saturday night, as the Angels scattered six hits in a 9-0 shutout loss to the Mariners at T-Mobile Park.

Detmers (3-6) was pulled after 3 2/3 innings, keeping the left-hander without a victory since April 12. He allowed six hits and walked four batters for the second start in a row.

He tossed 90 pitches (52 strikes) as a J.P. Crawford grand slam ended his outing. It’s indicative of his track record since his 3-0 start to the season and he was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake after the game.

They Angels couldn’t provide him any help, finishing 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position. The 4-9 spots in the lineup finished just 2 for 16.

Kevin Pillar did extend his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest hitting streak of his career and helping him improve to a .337 average.

The Angels (21-37), who had one hit between from innings 3-8, snapped a three-series road winning streak.

Here are three takeaways:

Detmers keeps slumping

After allowing five earned runs, Detmers’ ERA swelled to 6.14. The 24-year old labored through three innings on 58 pitches and allowing just one run.

His big blemish of the afternoon came in the fourth inning, when he allowed a hit and two walks to load the bases for Crawford’s grand slam.

The slam was the fourth hit allowed by Detmers, who was relieved by Carson Fullmer. It was ultimately the lack of control that burned Detmers again, walking nine batters across his last three starts.

He has allowed 27 walks this season, tied for the third most in the majors.

Across his last eight starts, Detmers now has an 8.93 ERA. The turnaround from his promising start to the season comes as a surprise. He has shown on many different occasions that he has the stuff to be an elite pitcher in the MLB, but things have just not come to fruition.

A 9.49 ERA in May tells the story for a lack of adjustments that clearly need to be made. He will need to make some major tweaks at Triple-A if he wants to return to the big league level anytime soon.

Miller stumps Angels lineup

It was a tale of two outings for the Saturday starters as Mariners right-hander Bryce Miller (5-5) was sharp, surrendering three hits and one walk across six innings. He struck out nine batters as he evened his record.

Seattle’s starting pitching has been effective against opponents recently. Saturday’s game was the ninth straight for the Mariners in which their starting pitcher has gone exactly six innings, including seven qualifying as quality starts.

The Angels were the latest to fall victim to a Seattle pitching staff that holds the sixth-best team ERA in baseball. Los Angeles finished hitless in four at-bats against Miller with runners in scoring position.

They were unable to record a multi-hit inning against him. Taylor Ward, Matt Thaiss, Jo Adell and Zach Neto each went 0 for 3 as the Angels were shut out for the second time this season.

Bullpen also struggles

Things did not get any better behind Detmers as the bullpen allowed a combined four runs. Fullmer and Roansy Contreras were each tagged for two runs as part of a four-run sixth inning for the Mariners.

The pair each pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed two hits. Fullmer’s ERA stands at 3.20 while Contreras’ rose to 4.09.

The best relief performance of the day came from Angels third baseman Cole Tucker, who pitched the eighth inning with Seattle up 9-0 and delivered a scoreless inning.

Tucker needed 10 pitches to work around trouble and keep Seattle from extending the lead. The Angels have now at least eight runs in two of their last three games.

The series finale between is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Sunday. Right-hander Griffin Canning (2-4, 5.08 ERA) will face Mariners right-hander Luis Castillo (4-6, 3.28 ERA).

Also, Angels first baseman Nolan Schanuel (thumb) is improving and could potentially make his return to the lineup.