After the last two days of showing off their power swings vs. the A’s, the Angels jetted up north to Seattle for a 3 game series with the Mariners. In this first true test of the new season, we’d get a small taste of how the Halos can match up with one of the teams expected to be a contender. The M’s lost 3 out of 4 to Cleveland, so the hope was that maybe they’re not firing on all cylinders yet. Would the Angels extend their winning streak to 3 or would the M’s extend their losing streak to 4?
George Kirby got the start for the Mariners and Reid Detmers took the bump for the Halos on a chilly night with the T-Mobile Park roof closed. In the first inning, Kirby worked around a Trout single to send the Angels down without a score. In the bottom half of the inning, Eugenio Suarez knocked in J-Rod to give Seattle an early lead.
The Angels would answer back in the top of the 2nd with an RBI single by Rengifo, driving in Jake Lamb.
After a scoreless bottom of the 2nd and top of the 3rd, Seattle went ahead again thanks to a Ty France double, once again scoring Julio Rodriguez. Detmers limited the damage and kept the score at 2-1.
Not to be outdone, Luis Rengifo made deja vu a reality by driving in Jake Lamb with a line-drive single. Sound familiar? The game was tied 2-2.
Detmers worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the 4th to keep the score tied. In the top of the 5th, following a Mike Trout walk, Shohei Ohtani flashed his power once again, sending a George Kirby pitch deep to center field, giving the Angels a 4-2 lead. Sugoi!!
After two more batters, Kirby would give way to relief pitcher Penn Murfee, who ended the inning with no further Halo fireworks.
In the bottom of the 5th Detmers would give up another RBI to Suarez making the score 4-3 Halos. Appearing to become less crisp, Detmers night was done. Reid was not at his best but kept the team in the game with a solid performance featuring 7 K’s.
Ryan Tepera came in with runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 outs and promptly got Pollock out on a deep fly to end the inning.
Angels pitchers Matt Moore and Jimmy Herget, along with Seattle relievers Murfee and Diego Castillo made the 6th and 7th innings uneventful. The 8th inning would not be so uneventful thanks to Taylor Ward’s blast to center field off Matt Festa, giving the good guys in grey a couple of insurance runs and a 3-run 6-3 lead.
The always excitable Jose Quijada faced off against Seattle in the bottom of the 8th with his jersey mostly buttoned, giving up a long flyout, a liner right to Urshela at 3rd, followed by a ground ball to complete a 1-2-3 inning.
In the top of the 9th, Festa kindly walked Renfroe and gave Brandon Drury a nice pitch to hit for a double to the left-center gap driving in Trout’s doppelganger all the way from first base to make it a 7-3 Angels lead.
Carlos Estevez, the closer who is not to be named closer, was brought into a non-save situation to finish up the win. Following a pop-out by former Angel Tommy LaStella in a pinch-hitting role and a J.P. Crawford walk, J-Rod put a scare into our hearts but it was a harmless flyout to deep left field. Ty France then grounded out to end the game. 7-3 Angels win to light the Halo! Three wins in a row and a 3-1 record secured. Way to keep the ball rolling and ensure at least a .500 road trip to start the season.