Seattle – Mitch Hanniger refuses to let the Seattle Mariners run the impossible in a postseason dispute.
By doing this, he ensured that the Mariners would play meaningful baseball on the last day of the regular season.
Seattle manager Scott Service said, ‘The Hannibal Game’, I think that’s what we can say.
Hannibal led Seattle to a five-run and two-run, two-run single in the eighth inning as the Mariners took their play-off hopes to the final day with a 6-4 win over Los Angeles Angeles on Saturday night.
With the Seattle season, Hannibal was RBI’s singles in the third inning, connecting his 39th homer in fifth and Seattle came in eighth with loaded bases after taking a 3-1 lead.
“It was fun to make the team stand out. It was good, ”said Haniger. “I am trying to win every match, I am winning every pitch. Every pitch is so meaningful, so the run we could make across the plate was huge it was a good feeling. ”
Seattle won’t be able to claim one of the two AL wild-card spots on the final day of the regular season, but it did create Game No. 162 issues, which weren’t often mentioned during Seattle’s 20-year post-season drought.
The Mariners and Toronto entered the final day in a 70-11 draw, with Boston and the New York Yankees trailing by one game for two wild cards. Seattle could find themselves in several tiebreaker situations on Monday after beating the Angels on Sunday and Harley in Boston or New York.
This is the first 90-win season for the Mariners since 2003.
“You always want to play for something bigger than yourself,” said Kyle Siger of Seattle. “You always want to be part of something bigger than your own personal agenda, or goals, or statistics or something like that. You want to play for something bigger and we’ll have a chance tomorrow.”
Seattle almost didn’t get the last day.
Steve Sishek (0-2) could not find the plate in the eighth. Right-hander Jared Kellenic hits Jake Bowers for a walk to open the innings. Jack Freley’s sacrifice led the runners, and JP Crawford walked intentionally.
Kelenic was knocked out of the house in third place by a tie France helicopter, but Hannigar scored on a 3-2 pitch to the left with a line drive to the Bowers and Crawford. The naturally ankle-haniger pumped his arms as he scored his first base goal and the more than 44,000 T-Mobile parks present were shaking.
Cigar dropped a single on center field to give France a goal and give Seattle some cushion.
“No one feels worse than (Sishek).” He’s an iron man. He’s as stable as possible and he’s pitching really well, “said Angels manager Joe Madden.
Drew Steckenrider scored the ninth goal for his 14th save.
Jared Walsh hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Angels a 4-3 lead over reliever Paul Sewald. Sewald (10-3) was brilliant all season for Seattle but Brandon Marsh and Shohei Ohtani opened the innings by walking the pitch 3-2.
After the strikeout, Sewald left his first pitch fastball in the middle of the plate and Walsh deposited it in the right-middle deep field for his 28th homer and silenced the crowd. Sevald was the tenth homer approved this season.
“When you think about how this season started, playing 162 games and what’s on the line says a lot about what we’ve done as a team,” Service said.
Seattle starter Chris Flexen was tough in the sixth inning before the Mariners took charge of the standout bullpen. Flexon allowed one run and six hits and kept the runners in third place to get out of the jam in the second and fifth innings.
Jonathan Diaz could not go through the fifth innings for the Angels. He allowed six hits and three runs to start the first road of his career.
Seattle jumped to add an arm to his bullpen before the game, reinstating Andres Munoz from the 60-day injured list and putting RHP Joe Smith on the injured list. Tommy John has not entered the Majors Major since September 2019 before undergoing surgery. He was pitching for Tacoma in Triple-A among minors.
Smith was not named for the injury.
Seattle also withdrew Donovan Walton’s IF / OF on Saturday for extra flexibility on the bench. Tacoma was chosen by RHP Wyatt Mills.
Angels: LHP Reid Detmars (1-3, 7.11) made its debut on August 21st. Detmar spent a month on the list of injured.
Mariners: LHP Tyler Anderson (-10-10, 41.411) made his third start in eight days. Anderson was on a short break against Oakland on Tuesday night, after being frustrated by the Angels last weekend where he allowed nine runs in two innings.
Written by Tim Booth
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times