Angels 8 Mariners 7
Phil Nevin’s realization the Angels are out of the playoff picture meant that tonight, it was time to get funky, get bold, and substitute in an injured player who can’t swing a bat in the 6th inning. The move worked and the Angels, who improved to 20 games below .500, thwarted the Seattle Mariners’ chance at the playoffs once more. All the while David Fletcher, who scored in that substitution, couldn’t even swing a bat.
Some employees call such a strategy “quiet quitting”. Others call it CoastFIREing to the promised land. The Halos absolutely sailed over their foe tonight—and despite winning by just a run in an 8-7 slugfest, the boys in red never trailed once.
Tonight’s marine-layer monolith of an Angels offense drove the gravy train tonight, with an 11-hit parade that tagged M’s starter Robbie Ray for five runs. Luis Rengifo homered from both sides with a monster 4-RBI game, becoming the first Angel to do that since Kendrys Morales in 2012.
Mike Trout perhaps started another home run streak with a schmack of his own, and Shohei Ohtani got in on the fun early with a bloop (gift) double that found the left-field grass.
On the other side, Halos starter Michael Lorenzen pieced together a 5-inning, 3-run effort, and the bullpen was just able to get them over the finish line. 5 relievers combined to allow 4 runs over 4 innings. But hey, a win’s a win, and today was the right amount of crazy.
You can put a halo over this one.