Angels 10 Mariners 9
Wow. What in the world did I just watch? Was that real life? This team just capped off a home opener series win in literally the most dramatic and thrilling fashion possible: Scoring seven in the ninth to come back from a six-run deficit.
First, the story of the afternoon, before all beautiful hell broke loose, was the atrocious outing we saw from Shoemaker, who only finished with 4.1 IP, giving up five hits, seven runs (6 earned), two walks and one K. He hit batters, he had a run score on him off of a balk, there was catchers interference to deal with, and he also had to contend with a really, really bad strike zone for a large chunk of his start.
It got so bad that at one point, Shoemaker was visibly ticked off, and this is a guy that barely does any chirping out there on the bump. If Shoemaker was upset enough for us to actually take notice, then he must have been on the verge of steam coming out of his ears. What can you do? Shoemaker may be the first to tell you that sometimes, pitchers have days like this.
Iwakuma was having no problems dealing with Halos batters, so on top of Shoemaker getting shelled out there, he had nowhere near enough run support to help him dig out of the hole Seattle had dug for him. Iwakuma finished with 6.0 IP, and he only gave up two hits and one solitary run in that entire time.
That one run, by the way, came off of an Andrelton Simmons homer in the second. He made an amazing tag last night, and today he amazingly tags a baseball into the bleachers. What a gem, that Simmons.
The Angels were in bad shape heading into the late innings, as they were down 7-1 at one point. But once they got to the Mariners' pen, they began chipping away, getting at least a couple more on the board, but it was one step forward and two runs back for the pitching, as the Halos relievers couple more on the board.
This game was pretty much on ice in the last side; the stories already written in the Press Box and the fans were just sticking around, waiting for something, anything.
That was when the bottom of the ninth inning happened, and some magic slowly started to seep out of the dugout and onto the field, culminating in one of the greatest Halos comebacks in history! Are you kidding me?!
The Angels were actually down 6 runs heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Mariners looking to close it out quickly but it didn't go as planned whatsoever.
ThanksThe last frame started with an Albert Pujols home run, and that was just the beginning of a landslide of runs and bad pitching, hit after hit or walk or wild pitch, the Angels just kept attacking.
Finally, with the game tied and runners on, Cliff Pennington threw his hat into the ring for the award of most unlikely Angels ninth-inning hero ever as he hit the game-winner into the outfield, the roar of the stadium becoming deafening soon as it dropped.
The Angels had done it. They won 10-9 in such a manner that you'll likely be remembering this game for the rest of your life. Unreal.
These guys have something special going right now. They are indomitable, it seems. I'm still in shock. Seven runs in the ninth, my lord. I can't even!!
CAN YOU BELIEVE WHAT WE JUST SAW?!?!