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A Failing Fall. Angels Fall to the Mariners, Fail to TOD, and Fall to .500 (Again)

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First, no one could solve Paxton, then no one could steal Heredia’s glove.

Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Luis and his bat flips...what to do?
Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Mariners 5, Angels 3

It was definitely a classic Halos Sunday. We had the obligatory dinger, the interesting lineup, the questionable subs (or lack thereof), and of course, my new favorite one, the misuse of Blake Parker (he pitched in the 6th while we were down 2-0).

James Paxton was on the bump. Now he’s a lefty, and in my general experience watching baseball, lefties pitch better against left-handed hitters. Let me check the numbers...yup, lefties hitting .194 off Paxton, while righties are better, at .248. Keeping that in mind, Mike Scioscia decided to start Ben Revere and Luis Valbuena. Go figure.

Now this James Paxton fellow. He was cruising. Perfect, in fact, through 5 1/3, until Danny Espinosa promptly banged a single into left. Espinosa was picked off for his troubles. He finished 6 13 before falling off the wagon. More on that later.

Jean Segura continued to use his short, compact swing to great effect, ending with a 4-hit night. He cashed in Guillermo Heredia in the 3rd and cashed in Boog Powell in the 5th, leaving us with dreams about what could have been...Actually, I know. We wouldn’t have traded for Simba, and we wouldn’t have the God of Defense at our side.

Paxton suddenly fell apart in the 6th, imparting on us hopes and dreams of a comeback. He walked Kole Calhoun on five pitches and then Albert Pujols of four. Yunel Escobar sliced a single into right (Pujols went first-to-third!), and it was a one run ballgame. Steve Cishek relieved Paxton, and Scioscia didn’t pinch-run for Pujols, who was at 3rd with less than two outs. No matter. Andrelton Simmons promptly grounded back to the box for a 1-6-3 DP. Needless to say, those were dark times.

Times got darker indeed. Keynan Middleton came in, didn’t do his thing, and Robinson Cano stroked a beauty monster off the right field foul pole. 5-1. Go figure. Baseball.

The Angels tried to do the TOD thing in the 8th, with four straight hits off Nick Vincent, loading the bases for Cameron Maybin. Maybin shot one into deep center, but Heredia made a beautiful catch, grasping the ball by the webbing of his glove. Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols could not cash in the remainder of the baserunners, and Edwin Diaz slammed the door shut in the 9th. Baseball.

All in all, a pretty weak game, despite what the scoreline says. Many ABs were not good vs. Paxton, and the clutch hitting was simply not there today. Simmons and Calhoun both failed to get runners at third home with less than two outs. It means we’re back at .500 for the umpteenth time, waiting for something, waiting for a spark, waiting for our savior to return and lead us to the promised land...

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  • 70%
    Keynan Middleton
    (68 votes)
  • 14%
    Andrelton Simmons
    (14 votes)
  • 15%
    Kole Calhoun
    (15 votes)
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