It started out promising enough. The Angels went up 2-0 early on a pair of homers from Upton and Walsh. You know how this usually goes.
Nice strikeout of J.P. Crawford followed by a Mitch Haniger strikeout using more pitches. Then a Kyle Seager fly out ended the top of the first.
Unfortunately, the Angels were 3 up three down in their half of the first. 0-0.
Ty France doubled to right field, Jared Kelenic struck out on a foul tip, and Jose Godoy bounced out on a slider to send France to third. Taylor Trammel struck out on a slider that he missed by a mile. So far, so good.
Justin Upton hit a homer on the first pitch he saw to lead off the Angels second inning. Juan Lagares Struck out. Jared Walsh then hit a line drive homer on a hanging slider. Taylor Ward struck out. Max Stassi walked. and David Fletcher grounded out to second base to end the inning.
Jake Fraley walked on 9 pitches only to be picked off at first. Donovan Walton got an infield hit to third base. J.P. Crawford hit a double to right field, but Walton was held at third. Whew! Mitch Haniger got an infield hit to the left side and Walton scored. Kyle Seager was retired on a fly out to Ward and the runners held. Ty France grounded out to second base. Canning ended the third inning with 59 pitches.
Phil Gosselin got a hit to right center. Shohei Ohtani struck out. Anthony rendon doubled to left but Phil Gosselin was held at third. Justin Upton walked to load them up for Juan Lagares. A fly out to right resulted in no score. Jared Walsh then grounded out to second base. (It wasn’t a rock. It was a rock LOBster!)
Jarred Kelenic drew a leadoff walk. Jose Godoy then struck out. Taylor Trammel singled to right field sending Kelenic to third. Then Jake Fraley Homered to drive in 3 runs. The Angels brought in Jose Suarez to pitch. Donovan Walton grounded out but then J. P. Crawford singled. Luckily, Mitch Haniger made out to end the Seattle fourth inning.
Taylor Ward came up and struck out. Max Stassi singled to shallow left field. David Fletcher reached on an infield single toward second base. Phil Gosselin lined out to left and Shohei Ohtani made the third out to serve up a second helping of LOBster.
Kyle Seager doubled on the fourth pitch he saw. Ty France then grounded out. Kelenic was batting while Kyle Seager stole third although Kelenic proceeded to strike out. Jose Godoy made the third out, thank goodness.
Anthony Rendon grounded out to second base as did Justin Upton. Juan Lagares also made out to end the fifth inning 4-2 Mariners.
Taylor Trammel grounded out. Jake Fraley walked. While Donovan
Walton was batting, Fraley stole second base and then Walton made out. J. P. Crawford hit a ground rule double to score Fraley. Mitch Haniger grounded out to end the Mariners sixth inning somewhat mercifully.
Jared Walsh grounded out to the shortstop who happened to be on the right side of the infield. Taylor Ward struck out. Max Stassi walked. When David Fletcher came to bat, the Mariners brought in J. T. Chargois to pitch. Fletcher hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Now the Angels saw fit to bring in Alex Claudio. He promptly coughed up a homer to Kyle Seager to make it 6-2 Mariners. Ty France lined out but, hey, the damage is done. Jarred Kelenic struck out and Jose Godoy hit a fly out to left to end the top of the seventh inning.
Kean Wong came in to pinch hit and struck out. Shohei Ohtani hit a fly ball to center to go 0-fer. Anthony Rendon then hit a fly ball to right to end the inning.
Alex Claudio was still pitching, I guess because there was nobody available who was any better. Taylor Trammel grounded out to second base. Jake Fraley hit a fly ball to right field for the second out. Donovan Walton then grounded out to second base.
Justin Upton fouled out to the catcher. Juan Lagares lined out to left field. Jared Walsh then batted, specializing in foul balls, but he grounded out to second base to end the inning.
J. P. Crawford popped out to second base. Mitch Haniger singled to right field. Kyle Seager the lined into a double play to first base.
Hey! We got this don’t we? Taylor Ward grounded out to first base. Max Stassi struck out swinging. Then David Fletcher also struck out swinging. Brutal!
Photo credit: I don’t know. Use tineye or something.