Angels ship blow to Mariners’ playoff hopes with 2-1 win
After all of the one-run video games they’ve performed this season, the Seattle Mariners have been ready for his or her subsequent late-game hero to emerge.
That clutch hit was by no means delivered for the Mariners. And now Seattle finds itself needing assist from others to see its 20-year postseason drought finish.
Jose Suarez threw 5 sturdy innings, Brandon Marsh accounted for all of the offense with a two-run double, and the Los Angeles Angels landed a significant blow to Seattle’s postseason hopes by beating the Mariners 2-1 on Friday evening.
Seattle dropped right into a tie with Toronto, each of them one sport behind Boston within the race for the second wild card within the American League. The Mariners had gained 10 of their final 11 and began the day figuring out a sweep of the Angels would on the very least power a tiebreaker sport subsequent Monday.
They ended the evening once more needing assist.
“We have played that game so many times this year it’s incredible,” Seattle supervisor Scott Servais mentioned. “And when we’re in that game, we’ve just had a knack of coming up with the big hit, creating havoc out there on the bases and getting enough action to push across a run. Just didn’t happen tonight.”
Seattle failed at situational hitting within the seventh and missed its finest probability to tug even. In the ninth, Kyle Seager led off with a double, however Raisel Igelsias recovered to get Luis Torrens, Abraham Toro and Jarred Kelenic for his thirty fourth save.
“We are where we are. We’re at the moment of truth, I guess. Tomorrow’s game is a big one,” Servais mentioned.
Suarez (8-8) was terrific for 5 innings, the one injury approaching a single by Toro and RBI double from Kelenic. Otherwise, the Mariners have been shut down by the lefty, who closed the season by successful three of his ultimate 4 selections after becoming a member of the Angels rotation in July.
The combo of Mike Mayers, Jose Quijada, Steve Cishek and Iglesias held off Seattle for the ultimate 4 innings and despatched Seattle’s first full-stadium sellout crowd of since 2019 — greater than 44,000 — residence deflated.
“Our guys got that opportunity to get to feel what it’s like to go to the playoffs,” Angels supervisor Joe Maddon mentioned. “It definitely had that vibe tonight.”
Seattle knew shortly after first pitch that it wanted a win to maintain tempo with Boston and keep forward of Toronto. And for a lot of the evening, these followers have been crammed with nervous vitality, ready for an offensive burst that by no means got here.
The seventh inning is what’s going to linger with the Mariners.
Torrens tripled to open the seventh, his second of the season and third of his profession. Toro walked, however Seattle failed in three makes an attempt to get the runner in from third base.
Quijada entered and struck out Kelenic swinging at what would’ve been ball 4 with the infield taking part in again and conceding the tying run. Tom Murphy struck out on 4 pitches and Dylan Moore was referred to as out wanting on a borderline 3-2 pitch.
Seattle starter Marco Gonzales struggled in just one inning however it was sufficient for the lefty to take the loss. Gonzales (10-6) gave up a single to Luis Rengifo and walked David Fletcher to open the third. Marsh drove a 2-2 fastball out to deep left-center and Moore was unable to run down the deep flyball, permitting each Rengifo and Fletcher to attain.
Gonzales escaped the inning due to a key double play off the bat of Kurt Suzuki and completed six innings, permitting simply three hits and struck out 5.
“I wouldn’t doubt us,” Gonzales mentioned. “This is a group that has strong belief in each other, belief in themselves, belief in the work they put in and that’s not changing now.”
TOP OF THE ORDER
The high 4 hitters in Seattle’s order — J.P. Crawford, Ty France, Mitch Haniger and Seager — had a depressing evening going a mixed 2 for 15 with three strikeouts and hitting into two double performs.
The Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America handed out its yearly awards earlier than Friday’s sport. France was voted participant of the 12 months; Chris Flexen was voted pitcher of the 12 months; and Crawford obtained the “Unsung Hero” award.
The Angels could have LHP Reid Detmers begin Sunday’s season finale. The Angels beforehand introduced Shohei Ohtani wouldn’t begin on Sunday and skip his ultimate flip within the rotation. It will likely be Detmers’ fifth begin of the season however first since Aug. 21. Maddon mentioned he can be on a restricted pitch depend.
“If he went five innings, 75 pitches, I think we would all enjoy that,” Maddon mentioned.
Angels: LHP Jhonathan Diaz (1-0, 3.12) will make his third main league look and second begin. Diaz allowed one run in seven innings of reduction in a blowout win over Seattle final week.
Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (14-6, 3.67) takes the mound in a must-win sport. The Mariners are 21-9 in Flexen’s 30 earlier begins this season.
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