With the last game being so embarrassing that there was no postgame, (despite the massive home run by Ohtani) today was going to be a crucial game to get out of 4th place in the AL West.
Yes, the Angels were in 4th place to start the day. Getting out of there was up to Jose Suarez and the bullpen to not get swept by the Mariners at home. However, Wantz was going to be the opener today. May as well switch it up a bit. Can’t be any worse, right?
Wantz had a dramatic first inning. He threw at the head of Julio Rodriguez, which caused both managers to be warned as this was obviously a reaction of yesterday’s incident when Trout was almost hit in the head. Wantz did get the side out in order, though. So good job.
So much so that he pitched the second inning… and hit Jessie Winker with the first pitch, causing a bench clearing brawl. 2, actually. Anyway, 8 people were ejected.
Jose Suarez went 6 innings, giving up 1 runs on 5 hits, striking out 8 and walking none. He seems to do better out of relief, but then again, the Mariners were without almost all of their starters.
Meanwhile, the offense sucked, as usual. On top of that, Matt Duffy injured his back, somehow. The Angels didn’t score until the 7th.
The first highlight is a brawl as both benches clear after Winker got plunked in the butt.
The first run came in the 6th, as Jose Suarez left one out over the middle and allowed a solo shot. 1-0 Mariners.
Luis Rengifo almost got hit, and so he hit a home run to tie the game in the 7th!
A tied game won’t do, so the Angels scored again thanks to mini Thor.
Ortega came in and shut down the Mariners in the 8th, and with D-Cell ejected, went back out there to get the 2 out save.
He did his job and got the save! Angels win and avoid the sweep!