7/17/21 ANAHEIM, CA - The Los Angeles Angels (44-45) honored Shohei Ohtani as the player of the month before taking on the Seattle Mariners (48-43) at Angels Stadium.
The Angels dropped a late thriller in the ninth inning to the Mariners 6-5 for the first game back from the MLB All-Star break.
Both teams gave up 12 hits during the game, but the key for Seattle's victory, was on defense, making some key plays to keep the Angels from scoring extra runs in scoring position.
Andrew Henley, the starting pitcher for the Angels, pitched four innings, struck out four batters, gave up six hits, four runs, and one home run.
"If I have a halfway decent start there, the rally we have in the ninth that comes up a little short doesn't come up short," Heaney said. "Shohei has a walk-off, and we're celebrating a win to start the second half."
Chris Flexen pitched seven innings for the Mariners with two strikeouts, gave up six hits, allowed only one run and one home run to the Angels.
The Mariners had men at first and third base in scoring position in the top of the first inning with two outs, scored after a single by Luis Torren to left-field, and Mitch Haniger came home to make the score 1-0.
Max Stassi tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning with a solo home run over the right-field wall.
The Mariners regained the lead 2-1 in the top of the third inning when Ty France single to left-field and Haniger scored.
Seattle added two more runs making the score 4-1 after Kyle Seager hit a two-run home run over the right-field wall.
The Mariners had a base runner in scoring position at third base in the top of the fourth inning, but Heany was able to retire the side for the Angels.
Haniger hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Mariners a 6-1 lead.
The Angels scored in the bottom of the eight-inning when JT Walsh hit a single that allowed David Flecther to come home to make the score 6-2.
The Angels had base runners at second and third base with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Mariners Kendall Graveman gave up a single to Walsh, and David Fletcher scored, making the score 6-3.
Ohtani knocked in two runs with a single to center-field that allowed Luis Rengifo and David Fletcher to score that would make the final score 6-5.
The Angels came up short, but you have to credit their effort, a play here or there, and they could have won the game in the ninth inning to start the second part of the season.
"Listen, of course, you want to win, but I loved every second of our effort tonight," Maddon said. "Your team plays like that every night, you're going to win a lot of games. Superlatives, I could stay here all night. We didn't pitch as well as we can. Andrew had a tough night."
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