Posted on May 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM
SEATTLE (AP) -- Brandon League still has his job as Seattle's closer. He's shown very little of late to back that he deserves the job.
League blew his third save in his last five chances giving up three runs in the ninth inning and committing a costly error as the Mariners fell to the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Friday night.
Staked to a 4-3 lead entering the ninth, League gave up two singles, walked a batter on a 3-2 pitch and committed a throwing error that allowed the tying run to score. Howie Kendrick provided the decisive blow with a pinch-hit, two-run single that gave Los Angeles the lead. It was yet another late meltdown that had the home fans lustfully booing League as he came off the mound following the awful effort.
"We evaluate every day. We look at everything on its own merit, whether it's one game tonight or the whole season," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "With (League) we know what he is capable of doing, but he has to come in, pound the zone, pitch down, let the sinker move and make them pound the ball in the ground."
But everything that League threw in the ninth inning on Friday was up and the Angels took full advantage.
It was League's third blown save since April 30 and all four of League's losses this season are blown saves.
"The (pitches) are up (and) I'm not getting ground balls. That's the bottom line," League said.
The meltdown by League ruined a strong start from Blake Beavan, who made just one mistake in seven innings.