Jamie Barria returns to the mound looking to make the team. He had a 1-2-3 first and looked to be back to his 2018 self. But then the second inning came and he gave up a monster home run right away. He did settle down and gave up only that one bad pitch.
After going down in order in the first, the Angels started out the second much better. Albert Pujols and Justin Upton hit back to back doubles. Tie game.
Félix Peña pitched the 3rd. After two quick outs he walked a batter before getting another groundout. The Angels threatened again in the 3rd with a hard fought hit by Fletcher and a hit and run with Trout at the plate made it first and third with one out for Ohtani. Shohei hit a home run, or would have if the Mariners CF did not rob him for only a sac fly. Angels up 2-1.
Ty Buttrey took over in the 4th. The first out was easy, the second out was a fantastic play by Jose Iglesias to throw the runner out with a barehanded throw. That third out though, well, that is never easy for Angels pitching.
An errant throw by the Gosselin at 2B allowed the batter to reach. Then a ball hit down the line escaped Rojas’ reach in LF for an RBI triple. Buttrey git a groundball but it hit his foot an bounced away. The lead was gone, except that Rengifo did not give up at it and threw out the runner as he fell down.
It was a tied game again. But a flare hit by Iglesias, a hustle hit and run by him and Ward, and a walk by Rengifo made the bases loaded with 1 out. Gossilin was up and he did his part and walked in a run, giving the Angels the lead once more. But the Mariners gave up and ended the inning right after.
3-2 Angles going into the 5th. Jose Suarez was up to show his stuff. It was good. 1-2-3 inning with 2 strikeouts. The offense also showed up again, loading the bases with no outs, this time with 3 straight singles by Schebler, Ohtani, and Thaiss. Rojas got a run in with a sac fly to extend the lead to 4-2.
The 6th and final inning was here. Suarez was out again to close the game out. He allowed a single to the first batter bringing the tying run to the plate. Jamie calmed down and git two straight strikeouts and a groundout to end the game.
Of course this is spring training so there was a bottom of the 6th anyway. Gosselin hit a mammoth home run to rub it in. Schebler wanted in on it too and hit a home run of his own.
Angels pitchers did good, hitting was good up and down the lineup, great defensive plays secured the win.
The Angels are now at 4-3-1 on the season. Angels have their next game tomorrow at 12:10 PST again vs the Brewers.