June 16, 2022, the Angels face the Mariners for the first time this season. Both teams, who had high spirits to start the season, find themselves battling for 3rd place in the AL West.
Shohei Ohtani hoped to stop the skid, just like he did not too long ago, stopping the longest losing streak in franchise history. He, the last bastion of NL Baseball, pitching and hitting in the same game, looked to once again, single handedly save the day.
Thankfully, he had help today.
On the mound, Ohtani did his job. He went 6 innings, giving up 0 runs on 3 hits while striking out 6 and walking 2.
Meanwhile, at the plate, Shohei went 2 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Trout pinched in as well, hitting a home run for the first runs of the game.
Scoring started in the 3rd, as after Ward got the Angels’ first hit, Mike Trout drove him in by hitting an opposite field 2 run home run.
It was a pitcher’s duel, which meant that was the only scoring for a while. There was a nice defensive play, however, with Brandon Marsh making a diving catch to end the 5th.
Runs will score in the 7th, as Taylor Ward hit a single and Mike Trout hit a 2 run home run, this time to LF.
Aaron Loup did his job in the 7th, but Ryan Tepera gave up a run in the 8th on back to back hits.
Perhaps it was the ball, as he rejected ball after ball from the ump.
It seemed to work too, as he got out of the inning without anymore damage. 4-1 Angels after 8.
D-Cell came in for the 9th, looking to save the game. He sent the Mariners down in order, securing the win!