Angels’ 9th Inning Rally Falls Short, Mariners Win 4-3

Updated: August 17, 2016

Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

After snapping their horrible 11-game losing streak on Tuesday, the Angels played the Mariners at the Big A for game three of the four game series. Tyler Skaggs took the mound for the Angels, while Cody Martin started for the Mariners.

Skaggs came out of the gates on fire. After getting a quick ground out, he struck out Franklin Gutierrez on a 96 MPH fastball and Robinson Cano on a nasty curveball. He looked ready to dominate the ballgame.

Unlike Skaggs, Martin had a rough 1st inning. After giving up a single to Yunel Escobar and a double to Kole Calhoun, Martin pegged Mike Trout with a pitch to load up the bases. Up next for the Halos was the usually clutch Albert Pujols, who drilled a RBI single to left field to make it 1-0. Later in the inning, Jefry Marte hit a sacrifice fly, and the Halos took a 2-0 lead into the 2nd inning.

In the 2nd inning, Skaggs did not have a grand time as the Mariners took advantage of his miscues. A walk, single, and hit-by-pitch loaded up the bases. Then, former Angel Chris Iannetta hit a RBI infield single to get the Mariners on the board. The next batter, Leonys Martin, hit a sacrifice fly and tied the game up at 2-2.

The problem for Skaggs on Wednesday night was his pitch count. In the 4th inning, Skaggs’ pitch count was lingering around 80 pitches with two men on and no outs. Ketel Marte’s sacrifice fly and an errant throw allowed two runs to score, giving the Mariners a 4-2 lead. Skaggs was pulled after 3.1 innings with the stats of six hits, four earned runs, two walks, and five strikeouts.

What is the best time to have Trout come up to bat? Probably with the bases loaded and one out, which is what happened in the 5th inning. The problem is that Trout struck out looking. With two outs and the bases still loaded, Pujols flied out to end the inning.

After the 7th inning stretch woke up the Angels, it was Trout Time once again. With Escobar and Calhoun on base, Trout came up to the plate in another clutch situation. He was definitely not clutch though; he struck out on a 100 MPH fastball to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, Edwin Diaz came in to save the game for the Mariners. Cliff Pennington led off with a nice single that got the rally started. Keeping it going, Escobar hit a RBI single to center for his fifth hit of the game, making it 4-3 Mariners. After Calhoun struck out, Trout finally got a clutch hit that put him on second and moved Escobar to third. Diaz intentionally walked Pujols to get to Marte, who struck out swinging. With two outs and the bases loaded, Andrelton Simmons stepped up to the plate. He ripped one down the line, but Kyle Seager made an amazing play and threw him out at first to end the game.

Drew Storen (3-3) picked up the win for the Mariners, and Diaz got his eighth save of the season. Due to his subpar performance, Skaggs (1-2) received the loss. The Angels will play the Mariners tomorrow at 7:05 P.M. for the last game of the series. Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma and Angels’ Matt Shoemaker will be the two pitchers on the mound.

Jake Wilson is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter

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