The Angels lost the day game today. In today’s nightcap, Reid Detmers went up against Chris Flexen aka “Big Baby.” The first inning was pretty uneventful, except Shohei Ohtani drew a walk. I’m sorry I don’t have a video for you. The Mariners did absolutely nothing. Reid indeed!
On the positive side, the Mariners won’t be able to throw at Mike Trout this evening. The second inning yielded the same result as the first, except this time it was Jared Walsh who walked but never advanced. No Mariner reached base through two innings.
Mighty Magneuris reached on a lead off single in the third inning. Taylor Ward scored him by doubling to right field. Now we can have a video.
A couple of batters later Max Stassi scored Taylor Ward, who had advanced to third on a Luis Rengifo groundout. This was on a ground ball single to left.
No No-Hitter Today, Sorry!
Jared Walsh battled for nine pitches but finally struck out to end the Angels half of the inning. It’s 2-0 Angels. Sam Haggerty managed a two out single to make sure Detmers didn’t get another no-hitter. Adam Frazier struck out to end the inning.
Holy crap! Mickey Moniak homered again. 3-0 Angels. Maybe Big Baby will cry.
The next three batters were out in order. David Fletcher seems to be specializing in line drives today. Ty France lined out. Mitch Haniger walked. Eugenio Suarez and Carlos Santana both made out to end the fourth inning. Reid indeed!
The top of the Angels lineup went three up three down in the fifth inning. That’s not a good look. Luis Torrens hit a two out solo homer to make it 3-1 Angels. Sam Haggerty doubled and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. It was OK though, Adam Frazier struck out to end the inning.
Jared Walsh singled to put a man on for “all or nothing” Mickey Moniak who promptly struck out. “Line drive” David Fletcher then homered on a line drive to left to score two runs. 5-1 Angels.
In the Mariners’ side Ty France singled on a ground ball up the middle. Detmers retired the next three on a strikeout and a double play. nicely done! Detmers through six: 5-1 Angels.
No More Flexen
Matt Brash came in to replace Chris Flexen at the start of the seventh inning. He retired three in a row to send this to the bottom of the seventh inning. The Angels made several defensive substitutions. J.P. Crawford got a one out single. Luis Torrens got a two out single on what would have been ball four anyway. Sam Haggerty struck out to end the seventh inning.
Brennan Bernardino came in to replace Matt Brash on the mound. Rengifo grounded out. Max Stassi popped out. Jared Walsh popped out. Sorry, no video.
No More Reid Indeed
The top of the eighth inning brought in Ryan Tepera. He induced two groundouts, but Mitch Haniger doubled on a liner deflected by Micky Moniak to Magneuris Sierra. Maybe that was on the outfielders, but then Eugenio Suarez was hit by the second pitch he saw. He got Carlos Santana out to end the eighth inning.
Hey! Mickey Moniak singled to lead off the ninth! Admittedly it was on a soft grounder to the pitcher. David Fletcher singled on his first ground ball of the day. It was an RBI single.
I’d say the Angels are cruising, but now Velasquez is up. At least Velasquez saw nine pitches before he hit into a force out. Magneuris Sierra walked. Hey that works! Taylor Ward grounded into a force out, or was it? The Angels challenged and Ward was ruled safe. Shohei Ohtani hit a sacrifice fly to make it 7-1 Angels. Rengifo popped out. Oh well!
Now let’s see what the Mariners can do to tarnish the “Reid Indeed” gem. Oliver Ortega came in to pitch the ninth. 1. J.P. Crawford ground out. 2. Kyle Lewis strikes out looking. 3. Luis Torrens struck out swinging. Game over man! Game over!