Mariners can’t stop Angels, lose important weekend series
photo credit: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
The Seattle Mariners had a chance to make ground or even overtake the San Bernadino Angels of Riverside this weekend, unfortunately, it seems these Angels are a real contender. M’s fans were treated to the thrill of an 11 inning game on Saturday, great weather, Albert Pujol’s 3000th hit, and a brilliant performance by Shohei Ohtani.
May 4 vs LA Angels L 5 – 0
Friday started off with Pujols getting his 3000th hit and Safeco field erupted in appreciation for the future hall of famer. The whole Angel gang would get involved in this win as Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons, Ohtani, and Pujols would all have multiple hits. Mariners pitcher Mike Leake would be run off in the 5th inning after giving up 3 runs and giving up 7 hits.
Meanwhile Garrett Richards would go 6 2/3rd innings with 8 strikeouts and only 4 hits allowed as the Mariners would fail to get a run on him. The M’s would hit into 2 costly double plays and fail to get an extra base hit as they looked over matched.
May 5 vs LA Angels W 9 – 8
What a game! 11 innings of back and forth battle. The game was mostly belonging to the Angels as they were up 4-0 in the 6th. The Mariners would storm back in the bottom of the 6th with a Robinson Cano double that scored Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger.
Powered by a Mike Zunino home run and a wild pitch, the M’s would procure a 4 run 8th inning which had the Mariners looking to take over the driver’s seat. Unfortunately, Edwin Diaz would blow the save as Justin Upton would nail a 404 ft homer to tie the game.
The 10th inning would see both the M’s and the Angels score a run, and even the 11th would see the Angels score another run. But it would be the heroics of Ryon Healy with a walk off single to win the game. Healy would go 3-6 with 2 RBI in this back and forth slugfest.
May 6 vs LA Angels L 8 – 2
The Seattle fans would go nuts when Shohei Ohtani was introduced. The pitcher and hitter was supposed to be a Mariner; however, at the 11th hour he singed with the Angels. The spurned lovers would whoop in glee as Ohtani would give up a 2 run homer in the 7th. Unfortunately, it was too little too late as Ohtani would accumulate 6 strikeouts and surrender just those 2 runs. The M’s wasted a fine effort by Felix Hernandez who made it to the 6th before he got shelled by the opposition. King Felix would give up 5 runs total, but the offense was missing in what could have been a winnable game.