It was supposed to be a series to derail the Mariners season. Something to make this last few months bearable. Alas, instead, this series has shown how far both teams have come since the brawl. The Mariners have become a playoff team, while the Angels are in 4th place in the AL West.
Touki Toussaint, the pitcher who came from Atlanta in the D-Cell trade and had a great start last time, floundered. He didn’t last long at all and lost the game early. 2 and 2/3, 4 ER, on 3 hits and 3 walks with 4 strikeouts.
But even then the real villain was cereal killer himself, Mike Mayers, going 5 and a third giving up 5 runs on 3 home runs. And just when we thought he fixed himself.
So it didn’t matter what the offense did. That Rengifo continued his hot streak. Or that Ohtani did something at the plate. Or David Fletcher doing David Fletcher things. None of them was going to be anywhere close to good enough with this large of a deficit this fast and quick. After all, throwing Duggar, Squid, and Kurt Suzuki out there was just giving up before the game started.
The Angels were in a hole early, getting batted around in the 3rd inning.
At least Fletcher didn’t allow the team to get shutout.
And maybe the team could have came back, but instead, Mike Mayers ruined it all.
Seeing what the Shrek star was doing, the Angels tried to stop it by scoring again.
But 2 runs total won’t do much when Mayers gives up that in an at bat.
The Angels were just giving up at this point, and Mayers was out there to rest the bullpen… with an off day tomorrow. Yeah. 9-3 mariners.
At least the offense kept trying. Shohei Ohtani hit in Fletcher with a triple in the 7th to make it 9-4.
And Taylor Ward made it 9-5 with a sac fly.
Oh, and Rengifo left the game with a back injury. Can’t have nice things.
And Barria gave up a 2 out, 2 run home run in the 9th. Because why not?
Which makes it worse since Ohtani hit a 2 run BOMB in the bottom of the 9th.
On a day the offense (well, half of the offense) showed up, the pitching shit the bed. It was utterly embarrassing.
Angels lose, get swept by the Mariners. PAthetic.