Mike Trout bashing homers and driving in runs galore on a Sunday afternoon is one of life’s great joys. Rene Rivera driving in three runs, thanks to a double and a single, is one of life’s...well...I’m not sure what that is but I’m down with it. All in all, it did well to make fans forget about that debacle from last night, where the Halos took an L from the jaws of victory, a couple times.
Today, at Safeco, the bats were hitting with beautiful bombast; on top of Mike Trout’s 3-4 day, which included his 12th homer of the season, the Angels had big flies from the likes of Zack Cozart and Chris Young. That barrage was enough to put them up by a healthy margin, taking the pressure off of today’s Halos hurler, Shohei Ohtani.
Of course, Ohtani was holding his own as well, putting up yet another quality start and making batters look like chumps at the plate, much to the delight of this Angels writer and every other fan out there who was watching. Ohtani pitched 6.0 innings, giving up six hits and just two earned runs, but striking out six Mariners in the process. The only runs Seattle had, in fact, were off of a two-run dinger from Ryon Healy in the bottom of the seventh. Outside of that, Ohtani had himself a nice little shutout afternoon going.
All systems are operational for this Halos team, even after that weird game they put up last night. No panicking necessary, folks. They’re still in charge of the AL West 1st place spot, and the dudes we need to come through for us are still coming through for us. I’m talking about dudes like Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and...RENE RIVERA!