Every fan likes their team beating up on 1st place teams right? I mean if you don't then I don't know why you're following sports in the first place, and you also probably aren't a huge admirer of tonight's series opener between the Halos and Mariners at the Big A. This game showed a textbook Angels offensive Onslaught, which buried the Mariners and gave all the faithful watching a nice spiritual lift my, on top of giving our favorite team a much-needed win against a division rival of course.
Yep, the good guys were firing on all cylinders tonight, save for one starting pitcher named Garrett Richards. Richards was the lone dark spot on an otherwise kick ass Angels game, going just 2. 2 Innings. He gave up a three-run home run in the first to Mitch Haniger, and to add injury to insult, he would eventually get taken out of the game due to some irritation in his arm, which is going to require an MRI tomorrow. Brace yourself folks, this is Angels after all, so who knows how bad the news could be.
Forgetting about the Richards black cloud for a second, we can focus on how good the lumber was in tonight's affair, with the angels garnering 15 total hits and everyone joining in the fun of unleashing Runza plenty on the visiting Seattle Squad. Cole Calhoun homered as did Albert Pujols, and plenty of other studs got their own RBI knocks, such as Andrelton Simmons, Justin Upton, Shohei Ohtani and yet again, Kole Calhoun.
By the time the Angels had finished five total innings, they had dumped eight runs against their opponent and found themselves in the curious and rare position of having the bullpen come in and earn their keep by fending off any possible Mariners attack.
The Halos relievers would give up no earned runs for the rest of the game, and surprisingly enough, Noe Ramirez ended up getting the win, and we saw decent nights from guys like Cam Bedrosian and Jose Alvarez.
Hey, I know the Garrett Richards thing is frustrating enough to make even the most positive and Silver Lining thinking Angels fan let out an audible groan, but we can at least be stoked on all of the hits we saw and fact that they're starting off a rivalry series in good fashion. Is a series win against the Mariners in the cards for the Angels as they prepare to go into all star break? Well, I'm not going to hold my breath but it's looking pretty good right now, and I would be very very pleased with that, to put it lightly.