Scoreless through two and a half, somehow Jhonathan Diaz versus Chris Flexen turned into a pitchers duel early. Could it have something to do with anemic batting? Mitch Haniger singled in the bottom of the third to score Ty France. 1-0 Seattle.
The fourth inning was also scoreless. Seattle did get a couple of men on base, but they didn’t exactly display any urgency to make it to the postseason. Boston won today, but the Yankees lost horribly. The road to the wild card remained open for Seattle. Jose (“The Hero”) Rojas hit a homer, though, in the top of the fifth to tie the game up. Luis Rengifo then golfed a single to center and David Fletcher(!!!) also singled to put a man on first and third with one out and a tie game. Regrettably, Brandon Marsh hit into a double play to kill this rally.
Mitch Haniger hit a two run homer to score Ty France in the fifth inning. 3-1 Seattle. (Now they show some urgency.) Kyle Seager also doubled to chase Jhonathan Diaz from the game. For once, I do not contest a Joe Maddon pitching change. In defense of Diaz though, he had only given up one run in four innings. Obviously, the Mariners suddenly figured him out. Andrew Wantz got his chance to shut down the Mariners but he didn’t exactly have his best stuff. He got through his three batters without allowing any more runs.
Shohei Ohtani drew a lead off walk to lead off the sixth inning. It’s not a homer but, let’s face it, a walk is a man on base. Gosselin couldn’t do anything but Walsh hit safely to advance the runner. Bye bye Chris Flexen! Sadler came in to pitch and retired Stassi and Mayfield.
Austin Warren relieves Wantz and pitches 1.1 scoreless innings. In the eighth, Marsh and Ohtani walk before Jared Walsh launches a huge three-run homer to put the Angels up. That ball was demolished.
Steve Cishek loads the bases and then gives up a two-run single to Mitch Haniger.
Kyle Seager singles in another run. The Angels lose.
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