Angels A LOT, Mariners MUCH LESS
Show a friend who’s never watched baseball before this game, and they will come away with the impression that (1) the Angels are the best team in the world and (2) this sport probably isn’t that much fun.
But we, the starving Angels fans of this season, welcome the strong offensive performance against an overachieving team striving for the Wild Card spot they will probably not obtain. It feels good, to be on this side of the scoreline for what seems like the first time in ages.
Shohei Ohtani, the Man Who Walks, flew out of the gates today. After a Brandon Marsh leadoff single, Ohtani cracked a triple into the right field corner.
Phil Gosselin brought him in, and the Halos were in business.
Luis Rengifo added a solo shot in the second.
Jaime Barria, the Angels starter, was pulled in the third inning due to arm fatigue, and his replacement, Jhonathan Díaz, quickly allowed a third inning Mariners run. Incidentally, Díaz ended up “saving” the bullpen with his long relief work today, as much as one can save a bullpen that is stocked with like thirty-seven relievers.
The third began much like the first: Marsh singled, and Ohtani tripled again.
But this time, the Angels added on. Gosselin, Mayfield, Stassi, and Walsh all reached before Lagares made an out. Fletcher made the second, and then Marsh, Ohtani, and Gosselin drove in MORE runs before Mayfield ended that incredible eight-spot blitz with the third out.
Not to be outdone (by hitting), Justus Sheffield came out in the fifth and completely lost the plot. He walked Marsh, Ohtani (Bingo! if you had Ohtani multi-walk game), Gosselin, and Mayfield, and Walsh doubled everyone home off a different reliever. The second blitz of the game only produced three runs, but the game was already incredibly out of reach.
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