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Angels rally falls short, Shohei Ohtani makes another impact, David Fletcher extends hit streak

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Halos drop opener to Seattle on Friday night

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels trailed 6-1 entering the eighth inning and rallied to within a run, but the comeback effort fell short in a home loss to the Mariners.

Shohei Ohtani’s two-run single with two outs in the ninth got the Angels to within 6-5 on Friday, and he advanced into scoring position on a single by Jared Walsh. But Phil Gosselin lined out to end the game.

Ohtani had a memorable day off the field as well.

He received $150,000 for participating in the Home Run Derby on Monday at Coors Field. Ohtani, who is making $3 million this season, decided to pay it forward, per Jeff Fletcher at the Orange County Register:

Ohtani received $150,000 for participating in the Derby, but he distributed that to around 30 Angels support staffers to thank them for their work, sources said. Ohtani distributed checks on Friday to trainers, clubhouse workers and media relations staffers.

Ohtani apparently decided that he was going to use the money in this way no matter what the outcome was.

In the eight-player event on Monday, Ohtani lost in an entertaining first round to Juan Soto. Pete Alonso received $1 million for winning, and Trey Mancini was paid $500,000 for finishing second.

Notes

  • David Fletcher singled twice and doubled, extending his hitting streak to 25 games. He’s hitting .447 (46 for 103) during the streak, with 12 multi-hit games.
  • Max Stassi hit his seventh home run of the season, and is hitting .303/.391/.521.
  • Adam Eaton, signed on Thursday, doubled in his Angels debut.
  • Rich Waltz made his Angels debut behind the microphone on Friday, after getting hired to replace Daron Sutton on play-by-play earlier in the week. Jack Harris at the Los Angeles Times caught up with the veteran broadcaster.
  • Alex Cobb starts for the Angels on Saturday night (6:07 p.m., Bally Sports West), with All-Star Yusei Kikuchi on the mound for Seattle.