Angels 0 Mariners 2
The Angels, for the second consecutive night, wasted a wonderful starting pitching performance and conceded the victory to a somehow not-so-lowly Mariners squad.
It’s a shame because Halos starter Patrick Sandoval chipped in a magnificent start – one of the best starts the Angels have had all year. Across seven innings of 2-run ball (114 pitches!), Sandoval struck out six and walked two, keeping Mariners hitters off-balance much of the night. Unfortunately, Seattle was able to scrape together two runs including a Luis Torrens triple in the sixth, which was enough to make the difference as Angels bats ran cold.
The reason for that? Mariners starter Chris Flexen, who matched and even outpitched Sandoval. With 19 less pitches thrown, Flexen went the same distance with the same K’s and BB’s but with three fewer hits allowed and gave up zero runs. In fact, the Angels only had those three hits all night. Shohei Ohtani struck out twice, including on a nonsense strike 3 call at least 2-3 baseballs off the outside edge.
It’s a frustrating night for the Angels, who after looking poised after Boston, can’t hang with a team they should be handily defeating. Go get ’em tomorrow.