Where to even begin? I’ll do my best to summarize it all.
They scored in the first inning thanks to an RBI double from Anthony Rendon. The next inning was a great sight to see for Angels fans, as Joe Adell finally connected for his first homer of the season, a two-run shot that was absolutely scorched off his bat. Nearly 110 mph off the bat!
First career Major League homer and it is... CRUSHED. pic.twitter.com/GYn5og0DUF— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 30, 2020
That would be all from the Angels until the fifth inning. Over the course of the next four innings, the Angels scored 13 (!!!!) runs. Where the heck has this offense been all year?!
Thanks to three walks and a single, the Angels jumped ahead 4-1. Albert Pujols then brought in two more as he singled, putting LA up 6-1. Remember earlier when I mentioned Adell hitting his first home run and how it was a long time coming? Yeah, well, he sure wasted no time hitting his second homer. In his next at bat, Adell went the opposite way for his second home run in as many at bats.
A lot happened following that Adell homer that inning. And by a lot, I mean it. After his homer, here’s what happened the rest of the inning for the Angels. Hit-by-pitch, single, walk, double, walk, walk, walk. They scored three more runs from this.
The Angels tacked on some more runs in the seventh, because Mike Trout did Mike Trout things. With 297 homers, he’s now only two homers away from tying Tim Salmon for the most in franchise history.
The Mariners then said “Screw it” in the eighth and threw position player Tim Lopes out there to pitch. The Angels only put up two runs against him.
Meanwhile, onto the pitching!
Dylan Bundy picked up his fourth win of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.47. He struggled with command a bit, walking three while striking out a season-low three batters. All game, the Mariners were putting runners on base. However, Bundy was able to work around it and limit the damage to only one run.
He allowed a double to begin the game, but worked around it and escaped the inning untouched. Back-to-back doubles brought a run in for Seattle in the second, but Bundy escaped the inning with only a run after the Mariners put two on.
Seattle put good at bats together all night, driving Bundy’s pitch count up. He was taken out of the game with one out in the sixth after making 85 pitches.
WP: Dylan Bundy (4-2) 5 1⁄3 IP, 1 ER, 3 SO
LP: Justus Sheffield (2-3) 4 2⁄3 IP, 6 ER
Home runs: Jo Adell, 2 (2), Mike Trout (12) Shed Long Jr. (3)
The Angels will look to complete the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:10 p.m. PT. Griffin Canning (0-3, 4.88 ERA) gets the start for the Angels as he’ll face Justin Dunn (2-1, 5.57 ERA) of the Mariners.