Mariners 2, Angels 1
As the dust was settling on the MLB trade deadline, Marco Gonzales (hereafter referred to as Cy Gonzales) got ready to work. As a soft-tossing lefty who doesn’t appear to have elite stuff, Gonzales tries to keep hitters off balance in order to succeed. This is not a knock on Cy, as he’s clearly been successful against the Angels, for whom soft-tossing lefties seem like kryptonite. Cy Gonzales might epitomize them. He entered the game 7-1 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP against the Halos.
The sun seemed to be a major factor early. The second batter of the game, Sam Haggerty, blooped a double in between Justin Upton and Anthony Rendon that may have been caught not for the sun. Later in the inning, Jared Walsh misread a foul ball.
In the bottom of the first, Andrelton Simmons, new leadoff hitter, popped it up to short, but J. P. Crawford lost the ball in the sun as well. This “hit” was notable for the Halos, mainly because it was one of two that they had on the afternoon before the ninth inning.
Jaime Barría worked for the Angels, and he mostly pitched well. His lone blemish was acceptable. In the third, a couple of knocks plated one for the Mariners:
Barría worked 4.1 decent innings, allowing one run, five hits, two walks, and striking out three. José Marmolejos also added a solo home run off Matt Andriese.
MARM💣! pic.twitter.com/cxPYLNwcMr— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 31, 2020
Justin Upton added a solo home run early, but it was all the offense the Angels could muster.
Upton sends one to the rocks! pic.twitter.com/lyloLotLvG— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 31, 2020
In the ninth inning, the Angels put together a mini-rally, as Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons led off the inning with singles, but Mike Trout lined into a double play and Albert Pujols popped out. It was a tough game for Trout, who struck out three teams and had the aforementioned LIDP. Gonzales definitely did a number on him. Cy finished the complete game allowing one run, four hits, one walk, all while striking out eight. He threw 102 pitches. It was a clinical performance.
Jahmai Jones made his MLB debut as a pinch-runner in the ninth, but he was not able to score.
The Angels are off on Tuesday before playing a pair of games against the revamped San Diego Padres.
(Photo is a screenshot from Fox Sports West)