Coming into last night’s game, it had been a struggle for Andrew Heaney in 2020. He got off to a decent start, but things were disastrous over his last three outings. Over the course of his last three starts, Heaney threw only 14 innings while allowing 14 runs and 19 hits.
He sure bounced back nicely last night. He picked up his first win since August 4, as he gave the Angels 7 2⁄3 innings of one-run ball.
“He filled up the strike zone,” Joe Maddon said to the media postgame. “He was in attack mode. If he can stay in that frame of mind, he can be that successful on a consistent basis. That’s what we’re capable of doing when we get in attack mode and he was outstanding.”
Maddon was right, as Heaney was attacking hitters all night. He struck out 10 Mariners, a season-high for him in strikeouts. “He’s different,” Maddon added. “He’s got a different kind of delivery. I loved the attack mode tonight, that’s how good he can look and how good he can be.”
We saw this earlier in the season, as Heaney was really good through his first three starts. To begin the year, he owned a 2.35 ERA while opponents hit only .189 off him. Then, things really began to unravel during those last three starts.
The only time Seattle did anything was in the sixth inning when they scored a run off him. After the first two hitters reached, Heaney limited them to only a run.
“When you feel like you can minimize those big innings and feel that’s all they can scrape off you, you feel pretty confident moving forward,” Heaney said. “Anytime you get runners in scoring position you’re trying to bear down. I think you feel the situation out.”
He sure did that, as he gave the Angels a much-needed win as they look to win the series versus Seattle tonight.