Tyson Ross was solid on Monday in a losing effort against the Giants, yielding two runs in seven innings.
Both runs scored in the third, when Ross issued three walks -- the only three he allowed -- to help the Giants take an early lead. Other than that, he held the Giants' bats silent. He gave up seven hits and struck out five. Ross has battled control problems through six starts this season, leaving him 1-3 with a 4.15 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP, and a 42/21 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column over the weekend in a road start against the Diamondbacks.
Madison Bumgarner flirted with a no-hitter in Monday's win against the Padres, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
Justin Upton singled to lead off the seventh inning, ending Bumgarner's attempt at a no-hitter. Yangervis Solarte followed up with a single himself, but Bumgarner saw himself out of the no-out jam with no further damage. They were the only two hits he allowed. He issued only one walk while striking out six. The lefty has put together back-to-back dominant outings, lowering his ERA to 3.03. Bumgarner also owns a 1.06 WHIP with a 32/6 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Marlins at home next.
Felix Hernandez was his usual dominant self on Monday, limiting the Angels to one run over seven innings in a win as the Mariners escaped with a 3-2 victory.
King Felix allowed his only run in the seventh inning when Matt Joyce hit a solo home run to right-center. It was one of only six hits Angels hitters recorded. Hernandez also walked only one while striking out eight. As expected, Hernandez has dominated the competition to begin the 2015 season, boasting a 1.73 ERA with a 0.84 WHIP and a 44/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings. Hernandez will take the mound at home against the Athletics next.
Matt Shoemaker pitched quite well on Monday, but relented late as he allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mariners.
Shoemaker and opposing starter Felix Hernandez traded goose eggs, bringing a scoreless ballgame into the seventh inning. Nelson Cruz got the scoring started with a solo home run and Logan Morrison followed up with one of his own. Seth Smith added a third solo home run in the eighth, chasing Shoemaker from the game. Shoemaker only allowed four hits on the night along with one walk while striking out 10. Despite the loss, Monday's effort was the best Shoemaker has looked in five starts. He has a 5.40 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 27/6 K/BB ratio in 28 1/3 innings. He'll have to deal with the first-place Astros at home the next time he takes the mound.
David Freese homered in the ninth inning in a failed attempt at a comeback in Monday's loss to the Mariners.
Freese was 0-for-2 with a walk coming into the at-bat against Fernando Rodney. He drove a Rodney offering over the fence in centerfield to reduce the Angels' deficit to 3-2. The third baseman has five home runs already after hitting 10 total throughout the 2014 season. Freese also has 19 RBI and a mediocre .220/.262/.420 triple-slash line.
Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the seventh inning with a solo home run, his 14th of the season, to help the Mariners take down the Angels on Monday.
Angels starter Matt Shoemaker was twirling a gem until Cruz ripped a line drive down the left field line to put the Mariners up 1-0. He finished 1-for-4 on the night. Cruz has four home runs in his last four ballgames. Along with the 14 in total, he has knocked in 26 runs and is batting .340/.382/.796.
Fernando Rodney allowed a solo home run but still managed to close out the Mariners' win over the Angels on Monday.
Rodney allowed a one-out solo home run to David Freese to bring the score to 3-2. He got Johnny Giavotella to line out, then issued a walk to Matt Joyce. Collin Cowgill pinch-ran, but was caught stealing at second base to end the game. As usual, a Rodney save opportunity provided lots of drama. He's 8-for-9 in save chances this season despite a 5.56 ERA and an 11/7 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings.
Chris Denorfia (hamstring) will be placed on the disabled list prior to Tuesday's game.
Denorfia aggravated the left hamstring injury that he's been dealing with since before Opening Day. "It's very frustrating," he said. "I've never had a recurring muscle injury like this before." Matt Szczur will be recalled to take Denorfia's spot on the roster.