It looked like a perfect confluence of events. Felix Hernandez, who hadn’t won since before the All Star Break in 2018. Mike Trout, who owns him. Chris Stratton, the pitcher who has a lot of the “spin rate” about which we’ve heard so much. The faint hopes we had quickly unraveled.
Hernandez hit Trout on the hand in the first, and Trout was visibly in pain. He stayed in the game, but expect some tests tonight to see if he will miss time or not. Classically, the Angels couldn’t cash in.
The Mariners got four in the bottom of the first, and the game was effectively over. Stratton could not locate, and when he did, the Mariners were all over the pitches in the zone.
The Angels clawed back, getting one in the second and two in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough. Albert Pujols made some magic happen with his wheels, and the Mariners defense committed four errors by the 4th inning to help the Halos out.
Hey Mike Gallego, is your arm tired yet? pic.twitter.com/np15LCKw66— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 2, 2019
Pujols was blindly waved home on a play he should have been dead to rights as soon as he rounded third. However, Mallex Smith’s throw was weak and hit the mound, allowing Pujols to slide in just safely.
The Mariners put the game to bed when Jay Bruce homered in the seventh off Hansel Robles.
All that’s left to hope is that Trout is alright...