The homers started early and then kept on coming, least it felt that way, with Mitch Haniger starting the long ball bash in the first with a deep fly off of Barria. The young Angels pitcher somewhat settled down and managed to fend off the Mariners' big hit attack for a handful of innings until before they would go yard again.
In the meantime, Mike Trout hit home run #22 in the fifth, which evened the score up at 1-1, no small accomplishment on a night when Mike Leake was giving the Halos fits at the plate, more or less. Leake was not giving up many knocks, let alone dingers, it appeared, so leave it to Trout to cone through with a crucial hit.
That tie game didn't last all that long, however, because in the bottom of the fifth Mitch Haniger took Barria deep yet again for his second homer of the night. This time it was a two-run affair, bringing the score to 3-1 Seattle, at least until Ryon Healy hit a solo jack in the bottom of the sixth. That one could be pinned on Cam Bedrosian, though, who was on in relief with Jaime Barria's night officially over.
Barria finished with a fairly decent night, all things considered, going 5.0 innings and giving up eight hits and three runs, only two of them earned. He didn't have any Ks but he also didn't walk anybody, so I'll chalk it up as an overall positive evening for Barria.
The Angels finally got to say goodbye to Leake, but not before he had thrown 6.0 innings of one run baseball, allowing just four hits in that span. With the Mariners now going to their pen, Mike Trout and the Halos could see their opening and it was time to act if they wanted to avoid the L.
Mike Trout did exactly that. He saw Haniger's two home runs and decided to match it by hitting a two-run blast of his own in the top of the seventh. That put the Halos within one, but only for a figurative minute, because in the bottom of that same frame, Jose Alvarez gave up an RBI single to Jean Segura and the Mariners were ahead 5-3. Alvarez gonna Alvarez.
Ryon Healy added to the impromptu home run derby in the eighth with a solo big fly off of reliever Oliver Drake. The score was 6-3 and the Halos would have one more shot at matching the Mariners' home run frenzy. Such a comeback was not in the cards, sadly, as the ninth came and went and the visiting Angels wound up with the L.
It was a night where the Halos were getting heavily overmatched on the hitting side of things, but even still, Mike Trout did his MVP-worthy best to keep them in it, having yet another night of multiple dingers. He's got 24 on the season now, and he continues to kick into new gears that we didn't know he had. The rest of the team, well not so much.
Maybe Trout will just have to hit three or four homers in the next game. That could do the trick, yep.