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Ohtani & Angels start the 4th of July holiday festivities with a dud in Safeco against Mariners

A 4-1 loss versus the second place AL West team isn't what anybody wanted, that's for sure.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Angels 1 Mariners 4

Hopefully the neighborhood that you happen to live in is one that goes off for the 4th of July holiday, at least in terms of fireworks. Some Halos fans may have been hoping to get a head start on that type of fun from today's series opener Reedagainst the Mariners, but right no5w it looks like you are neighbor are your only chance to get an early 4th of July display of bombastic and entertaining power. That's all due to the fact that the Halos went down with nary a speck of fight in them at Safeco Field this evening, losing the game 4-1.

It was just a typical, uneventful 2018 angels Los that saw Andrew Heaney give up a few runs in the early stages before settling down, and the offense was pretty much absent save for a solo home run from Andrelton Simmons. The current standings have the Mariners just a half game out of first place in the AL West, and the angels are sitting ugly in the fourth spot.

Perhaps the most annoying part of tonight's defeat is the fact that rookie Phenom Shohei Ohtani was back at the plate for the Angels, but he was totally boxed up and held hitless, going 0-4 on the evening. Not quite the impact you want him to have when he returned but hey, we will cut him some slack.

Tonight's contest in Seattle more or less looked exactly what you would think a game between the 4th Place team and a second place team would look like.

Let's hope that tomorrow, when we're all thirsting for some good old-fashioned American Pastime with a Halos bent, that this team and the lineup and the pitching, which will be starter Garrett Richards, does a little bit better to provide some sweet, explosive results.