Shohei Ohtani tripled in his first two at-bats and the Los Angeles Angels routed Seattle 14-1 on Saturday evening, ending the Mariners’ six-game profitable streak and damaging their playoff possibilities.
Jhonathan Diaz pitched seven robust innings in reduction and the Angels scored eight runs within the third as Seattle dropped three video games out within the AL wild-card chase with seven to play.
Boston and New York are tied atop the wild-card standings, with Toronto two video games again within the race for 2 spots.
Ohtani scored two runs and had three RBIs to lift his season complete to 98. He tripled twice off starter Tyler Anderson, then was walked in his subsequent two plate appearances. The 2-way star has walked 13 instances within the final 4 video games, tying a significant league report. The others who drew 13 free passes in a four-game span have been Babe Ruth (1930), Bryce Harper (2016) and Yasmani Grandal (2021).
Peter Bourjos was the final Angels participant to hit consecutive triples on April 26, 2011, in opposition to Oakland.
Diaz (1-0) allowed simply three hits and one earned run to get his first main league win. He threw 99 pitches.
“He got here in and outlined that sport,” Angels supervisor Joe Maddon mentioned. “Give Diaz numerous credit score. He saved the bullpen the final a number of video games. He pitched effectively. The final time he pitched, bought off to a nasty begin. (Saturday) he settled in and stored making pitches all evening lengthy.”
Jared Walsh was 4 for five with 4 RBIs for the Angels, and Brandon Marsh scored 4 instances. Luis Rengifo hit a solo homer within the second inning.
Anderson (7-10), acquired by the Mariners from Pittsburgh in July, had a tough begin. He allowed 9 earned runs on 9 hits in two-plus innings.
“It appeared like each time I made a pitch, they hit it,” Anderson mentioned.
Angels starter Jaime Barria left after simply 24 pitches and two innings attributable to shoulder tightness.
Marsh, who batted leadoff, bought on base in his first 4 plate appearances. Ohtani batted second.
“It’s enjoyable seeing him getting pitched within the zone and getting walked, not deliberately walked,” Marsh mentioned. “I can’t take any credit score. I’m simply up there attempting to cross the baton, and Shohei Ohtani positively did his half.”
Angels star Mike Trout is aware of a factor or two about being deliberately walked, and he’s given Ohtani some recommendation about it.
“He’s getting the remedy. I advised him to be affected person,” Trout mentioned earlier than the sport. “Clearly, he’s being affected person as a result of he’s getting walked — however don’t let it get to you. Don’t change your strategy. We’re enjoying a crew tonight that’s within the race. They’re attempting to win. They’re not going to present him something to hit. They’re going to attempt to pitch round him.”
Angels: Trout (calf pressure) is completed for the season. He injured his calf on Might 17 and wasn’t in a position to return however mentioned he’s near 100% and will have a traditional offseason exercise routine.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (9-5, 4.01) has gained a career-best eight consecutive choices and is 8-0 with a 2.72 ERA in his final 13 begins since July 9.
Angels: Ohtani (9-2, 3.28) seeks his tenth win in his last dwelling begin of the season. He’ll bat as effectively. He might pitch yet one more time after Sunday, which might be in Seattle.