José Suarez falters 3rd time through the order vs. Angels

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Author: Rhett Bollinger

Published on: 2022-09-19 18:10:00

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ANAHEIM — Lefty José Suarez has enjoyed a solid season and has been one of the Angels’ most consistent starters since joining the rotation in mid-June, but he’s had trouble getting through opposing lineups a third time.

That was again the case on Monday afternoon against the Mariners, as he cruised into the fifth inning before struggling against the top of the order and giving up a grand slam to Carlos Santana in a 9-1 loss in the series finale at Angel Stadium. Suarez had posted a 2.14 ERA over his past eight starts, and he hadn’t allowed more than three runs in any of those outings. But he gave up five runs over five innings against Seattle to fall to 6-8 with a 4.11 ERA in 96 1/3 innings this year.

“It’s a learning experience for a pitcher,” said interim manager Phil Nevin. “The good ones understand how…

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