The Angels scored 16 runs in only eight innings on Saturday night. Since then, they’ve scored two runs in 19 innings. That’s what makes baseball such a crazy sport. After their best offensive game of the year, the Angels bats have gone ice cold over their last two games as they fell to the Mariners on Monday afternoon, 2-1.
For the afternoon, the Angels only had four hits. Their lone run of the game came in the second inning on a Justin Upton solo homer.
They had a perfect chance to tie the game or even win it in the ninth, as they had back-to-back singles to begin the inning. Mike Trout stepped up with first and second and no outs, but lined into a double play, Anthony Rendon was walked, and Albert Pujols stepped up with the tying run at second. He popped one up, and the game was over.
Although the offense was quiet, you have to tip your cap to the outing Marco Gonzales had. He threw a complete game, going all nine innings on only 103 pitches. In addition to the one run he allowed, he struck out eight and issued only one walk. Not only was it by far his best game of the season, it’s up there for the best outing of his career.
Jaime Barria made the start for the Angels, giving them 4 1⁄3 innings of work. He allowed one run while striking out three. Matt Andriese followed him, and allowed what turned out to be the game-winning run in the sixth inning. Jose Marmolejos hit a solo shot, putting the Mariners up 2-1. That was all the offense Seattle needed the rest of the way.
WP: Marco Gonzales (4-2) 9 IP, 1 ER, 8 SO
LP: Matt Andriese (1-2) 1 2⁄3 IP, 1 ER, 2 SO
Home runs: Justin Upton (4) Jose Marmolejos (4)
The Angels are off tomorrow, as they welcome the Padres to town on Wednesday for a quick two-game series. Julio Teheran (0-2, 9.17 ERA) will make the start for the Angels. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. PT.