In the third round of tonight’s Mariners-Angels match, Shohei Ohtani absolutely wiped out a baseball. Honestly, the “erased” does not do it justice. This pitch will haunt Marco Gonzales for years to come.
With that thing, the Angels took a 3-0 lead when two home runs hit Mariner’s “ace” Marco Gonzales in almost no more than two innings of work. One night, when two former members of the Seattle organization were named All-Stars (Taijuan Walker and Freddy Peralta), such a monstrous moonlight felt like a proclamation for the things to come.
It turns out that in 2021
Because in the 8th inning, after three hours and 22 minutes of baseball, Mitchell Evan Haniger – the subject of trade rumors, the out-of-his-injury luck outfielder, the second piece of Jerry Dipoto’s first big trade that quickly became the most important piece – decided that enough was enough. And he hit Slam heard ‘around the Sound and deposited a Jose Quintana fastball in the Mariners bullpen to break a 3 – 3 draw and send Mariners fans everywhere in frenzy.
“Wow, this place is going to have to,” Mike Blowers remarked on live TV. No shit, Mike. None shit.
Haniger’s hit was the culmination of a two-out rally that served as an emblem of the Mariners season 2021. Shed Long Jr. went with one out, and after a Dylan Moore strike, Jake Bauers pulled a single to the right and JP Crawford worked an impressive turn against left-leaning Jose Quintana. All that created Mitch and perhaps the earliest hit of 2021.
Before we got there, however, the Ms needed 6.2 scoreless frames to close out the game. The first half of them came from Marco, who came back from the legendary Ohtani thing (and a monstrous David Fletcher long ball to lead out of the game) to send decent numbers. He was not spectacular. He allowed seven hits and three runs and hit just three. But he made a couple of strong defensive plays – including one that saved a bad route and a flawed throw from Shed in the left field – and fought back when sailors needed it.
The continuation of the season’s theme, the bullpen was once again spectacular. Before the season started, this collection of relievers was far from highly regarded. (No offense, JT Chargois, Anthony Misiewicz, Drew Steckenrider and Kendall Graveman.) They came through again with 3.1 innings, just two hits and three Ks. It’s a combination that keeps the Ms in many close games – and that’s a big reason why they’s 20-8 in one-run games. Well, that and good luck.
The second big highlight was Shed Long’s close-up in the fourth inning. With two on and two out, the left field went opposite on a hanging cracking ball and got inches (maybe a single inch, straight) from tying the game; instead, he settled down with a 2-RBI double.
Before Mitch saved the day and caused a last-minute paraphrase, I was already ready to focus on Shohei Ohtani and his legendary season. He’s been a big pitcher and another World War II one, getting into the All-Star Break in pace to hit more than 60 homers this season. Today’s moonlight quickly surpassed Mariner’s media and went on to national media and even non-baseball writers. Shoot, even the camera operators were not prepared for anyone hitting the ball up there.
But luckily, my favorite tweet ever remained extra true today:
every time I see an angels highlight, it’s like “Mike Trout hit three home runs and raised his average to .528, while Shohei Ohtani did something not done since ‘Tungsten Arm’ O’Doyle from Akron Groomsmen from 1921, as Tigers defeated the angels 8-3 “
– (att (@matttomic) May 18, 2021
If you excuse me, I have to answer my father’s lyrics about “MITCH!” that he sent me about an hour ago. Go M’s.