Patrick Sandoval has been not so good as of late. He seriously needed a rebound against Seattle. Instead, he gave up 5 runs on 10 hits, striking out 8, and walking none. Sure, a bit of it was bad luck, a bloop and a ball that hit a base, but it was not pretty.
The offense also had issues, although, as the title shows, it was partly bad luck as the Angels got screwed over by the ump so bad that Ohtani was mad. Yes, Ohtani. Needless to say, Phil got tossed for arguing with the ump.
Still, the issue was much more that the offense didn’t do much at all rather than just blaming the umps. Being outhit that hard is not a pathway to success. Sure, maybe a few more runs score and the momentum swing wakes up the bats but 4 hits through 6 innings is not ideal.
In the end, the Angels lost due to not hitting well enough to overcome the bad start of Sandoval. The loss stings, as it breaks the winning streak, and it really shows the weakness of this team lies within the rotation and streakiness of the bats.
Mariners struck first with a 2 run home run in the 3rd.
A single that just got through made it worse.
Ohtani responded with a 2 run home run of his own in the bottom half.
Unfortunately, those two runs were wiped out in the 4th.
Yet another run was allowed in the 7th, making a comeback even more difficult.
Angels finish the series with the Mariners tomorrow at 1PM. At 35-31, their winning streak is snapped, but they can still win the series as Canning takes the mound.