Matt Thaiss strolled to the plate in the bottom of the 8th inning in a tie ballgame, and knew exactly what he had to do. He had had arguably his best game as a pro thus far, with a single and a well-drawn walk. And then, he went ahead and iced the game with this jimmy jack to seal a series sweep against the flailing Mariners.
The #Angels needed a big hit and that's exactly what Matt Thaiss gave them. The 2016 1st-round pick came up clutch with a go-ahead blast in the 8th for his first #MLB homer. pic.twitter.com/3HjoHDaez3— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 14, 2019
Kole Calhoun contributed this well-hit dinger for his 21st home run of the year, and despite the Mariners’ early lead off a struggling Jose Suarez, the Angels clawed back to victory.
With Mariners manager Scott Servais pulling Yusei Kikuchi following the fourth inning, the Angels took advantage of shaky Seattle pitching to load the bases several times, plating two runs despite just one hit in the inning.
This win would not have been possible without a stellar bullpen, which did not allow a run in 4 2⁄3 innings, and many curious TOOTBLANs on the part of the visiting team. We wish we had more footage, but you’ll have to believe me on this one.
Of note, Mike Trout exited the game early with calf tightness. Something to keep an eye on.
The Angels will host the Astros beginning tomorrow. They are now 48-46 on the season.
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