Seattle – The Angels hoped that would end the Seattle Mariners’ 20-year dream of reaching the postseason.
They lost 6-4 to the Mariners on Saturday night, but the silver lining for the Angels is that they will now get another game on Sunday’s season in a playoff-like environment at Electric T-Mobile Park. ending
There would be another intense game as the Angels could not completely eliminate the Mariners, despite taking a 4–3 lead at the top of the eighth on a three-run homer from Jared Walsh. He conceded three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
“It would be fantastic to pull it off,” said manager Joe Maddon. “Exactly. And we got it in our fists and then we lost it.
Now they’ll have another chance to ruin the Mariners’ season, with rookie Reed Daters taking the ball. Daters have not entered majors before testing positive for COVID in August.
“I think it’s cool to see that,” Maddon said of Detmers pitching in that type of environment. “It’s good for us to see. It’s good for him to participate. I know he’s up for it. He’s excited about it and yes, it gives him a taste. All of our guys are getting a taste and He has given a really good response.”
The Mariners are one game behind the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, who are tied for two wild card spots. The Toronto Blue Jays are tied with the Mariners.
Yes, it is still possible that all four teams could be a tie, and there are other two- and three-way tie possibilities that could lead to Game 163 for those teams.
Of course, Angels are mere bystanders to all of this. At 76–85, the Angels would end their sixth consecutive losing season on Sunday.
While they have nothing in the line, they have certainly pushed the Mariners in the first two games of this series, winning Friday night and rallied for an eighth-innings lead on Saturday.
It got away with Steve Sischek on the mound. Sischek hit Jared Kellenick with a pitch and then he went to the pinch-hitter Jake Bauers, jamming himself. He almost escaped, thanks to two good plays from third baseman Jack Mayfield. But Sischek dropped a two-out, two-run single to Mitch Hanniger on a 3-and-2 pitch and the Mariners took the lead again.
A Kyle Seeger single against Jimmy Hargate gave the Mariners an insurance run, and sent the Angels for another loss.
For the past two months he has been auditioning players for future roles with the team, and on Saturday night he gave left-hander Jonathan Diaz a test.
Diaz got the start for the Angels in place of Jaime Barria, who had come down with a shoulder pain from his previous outing.
In that game, last Saturday, Diaz relieved Barria and played seven innings against the Mariners. He wasn’t as quick this time around, but he still kept the Angels in the game.
Diaz conceded one run in the third and then two in the fifth and a homer by Hanniger. He was then pulled after 4-2/3 innings.
In his first season in the Angels system, 25-year-old lefty Diaz posted a 4.15 ERA in his first 13 major league innings.
Diaz left with a 3–1 deficit, but Walsh took it off the hook for the loss with a three-run homer in the eighth.
Walsh crushed a 437-foot homer after running near Brandon Marsh and Shohei Ohtani, temporarily upping the Angels 4-3.
“In a hostile environment, coming up with a big hit is something special,” Walsh said. “It’s something we want to build up to playing in these high-intensity sports next year.”
Maddon said he hopes the Angels can make the necessary improvements so that they are contenders, playing in front of such a crowd at Angel Stadium.
“In my mind’s eye, that’s what we’re seeing,” Maddon said. “That’s what it should look and feel like. And we have to work very hard to get to this point throughout the year.”