L.A. GETS DONE IN BY UPLAND NATIVE MLB: FORMER ANGELS SEASON-TICKET HOLDER JAKUBAUSKAS HELPS SEATTLE GET SHUTOUT VICTORY. SEATTLE 1, ANGELS 0.
SEATTLE - Apparently you can't be too careful about who you sell tickets to.
A former Angels' season-ticket holder rose up and struck down the Anaheim crew Wednesday night.
Seattle Mariners right- hander Chris Jakubauskas hadn't much been on the Angels' radar before Wednesday. But after he threw six innings of shutout ball in a 1-0 Seattle victory, the Angels will be remembering this one for a long time.
For one thing, Jakubauskas' performance negated a brilliant start by Ervin Santana, who gave up a first-inning run and almost nothing else.
"Is it frustrating? What a question," Santana said after taking the loss despite allowing one run in 62/3 innings. "No, it's not. I know we're trying to score runs. If sometimes the line drives or fly balls are caught, all you can do is say we'll get them next time."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Santana has still some distance to travel as he recovers from the sprained right elbow that shelved him for the first 31 days of the season. But after watching the 26-year-old Dominican walk just two and give up five hits Wednesday, Scioscia liked the improvement he's seeing.
"Ervin pitched well and had pretty good location," the manager said. "But he's not quite where we know he can be."
Ichiro Suzuki doubled and Ken Griffey Jr. singled in the first inning to give the Mariners their 1-0 lead. The rest of the night was spent with both sides succumbing to quality pitching.
On most nights, Santana's effort would have been good enough to win. It had been 11months (June 28, 2008) since the Angels last suffered a 1-0 loss. But from first pitch to last, the Angels had no answer for Jakubauskas.
"The Angels were always my team," said Jakubauskas, who went graduated from Damien High of La Verne in 1997 and who has kicked around the periphery of professional baseball for most of the past decade.
"The year the Red Sox won the World Series (2007), I had season tickets," he said. "I was pitching for Fullerton (the Flyers) and I was always at The Big A."
A first baseman and outfielder at Damien, Jakubauskas didn't become a pitcher until he was playing in independent ball when he couldn't latch one with any of the 30 major-league organizations.
Now 29, Jakubauskas didn't sign with the Mariners until 23 months ago. But now that he has, he's blazed a quick path from Double-A to the big leagues.
Scioscia, who'd never seen him throw before, came away impressed, even as he said his hitters didn't have good nights at the plate.
"He moved the ball around the strike zone just enough and he changed speeds on his fastball just enough," Scioscia said.
The Angels had one good chance to break through against Jakubauskas. After getting only one base runner in the first three innings, a double by Torii Hunter and a couple of walks with two outs loaded the bases for Howie Kendrick.
Kendrick has spent most of the season looking for his stroke, and if he was going to find it, this was going to be as good a time as any. After hitting ninth in the lineup, he'd been moved up to seventh.
On the first pitch, he swung and flew out to right.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||May 21, 2009|
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