Coming into the game, Upton was by far the worst hitter in all of baseball. He entered the contest hitting .099 (7-for-71) and was hitting .045 (2-for-44) over his last 13 games. Entering the night, he had yet to record a multi-hit game on the year. Not only did he have his first multi-hit game, he had his first three-hit game since August 14, 2018. Yes, it’s been that long.
Upton doubled in the second inning, his first double of the season. He stood on second with one out, but was left stranded there to end the inning. Then in the fourth inning, Upton singled to right field. This time, he was thrown out trying to steal second base. It would have been his first stolen base since July 16 of last season.
His biggest at bat of the game came in the sixth inning. After Albert Pujols tied the game with a double, Upton stepped up to the plate. On a 1-2 pitch, Upton singled to left field. Pujols turned on the burners and somehow made it home safely. Upton was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, and the inning was over. However, he still did his job and brought the run in.
Speaking of having the best game of the season, Andrew Heaney did just that as well. After a rough start to his 2020 campaign (1-2, 5.52 ERA), Heaney was excellent, giving the Angels 7 2⁄3 innings of one-run ball. He allowed only one run on four hits, striking out a season-high 10 batters. This is his first game with at least 10 strikeouts since August 27 of last year.
Aside from the sixth inning, the Mariners couldn’t do much against Heaney. In the sixth, the first two hitters reached and brought in the first run of the game. However, he managed to limit the damage to only one run.
Oh, Mike Trout also hit his 11th homer of the season in the eighth inning. It proved to be valuable, as the Mariners put a run on the board in the ninth and had a chance to tie the game.
WP: Andrew Heaney (2-2) 7 2⁄3 IP, 1 ER, 10 SO
LP: Nick Margevicius (1-2) 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 SO, 2 BB
SV: Ty Buttrey (4) 1 IP, 1 ER
Home runs: Mike Trout (11)
The Angels will look for the series win on Saturday night as Dylan Bundy (3-2, 2.58 ERA) will face Justus Sheffield (2-2, 3.51 ERA). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. PT on Fox Sports West and MLB Network (out of market).