The Los Angeles Angels took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning, but Seattle Mariners rookie Mitch Haniger hit a grand slam to tie it up. With that, the Mariners won 5-3 and have now taken two straight from their division rivals.
The Seattle Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a walk-off home run from Mitch Haniger.
SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) – Mitch Haniger’s two-out grand slam in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Friday night. Shohei Ohtani became the sixth player to reach the upper deck of T-Mobile Park with a majestic blast for his 33rd home run, but Mitch Haniger’s two-out grand slam in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Los Angeles Angels 7-3.
On July 09, 2021 in Seattle, Washington, Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels smashes a single home run against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images/Abbie Parr)
Ohtani had the night’s most memorable shot. Haniger nailed the most crucial.
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To complete Seattle’s comeback from a 3-0 deficit, Haniger blasted a 2-0 fastball from Jose Quintana (0-4) into the left-field bullpen. Jake Bauers’ single and J.P. Crawford’s nine-pitch walk kept the inning alive for Seattle.
Ohtani’s home run off starter Marco Gonzales, which soared into the upper deck of right field, gave the Angels a 3-0 lead. The home run was predicted to be 463 feet by MLB Statcast.
Based on the ball falling above the fifth row of seats before striking a concrete wall and ricocheting back down into the lower levels, the estimate looked reasonable. The Angels dugout was buzzing, and his teammates, especially Justin Upton, were in amazement.
As Ohtani’s bomb reached a rare area of the stadium, a few spectators sitting alone in the 300 level who claimed they wanted a quiet spot to watch the game while gazing at the Seattle cityscape had to dive out of the way.
Ohtani has the most home runs in the majors, and this blast came just three days before he’ll compete in the All-Star Home Run Derby at Coors Field on Monday.
Unfortunately for Ohtani, Seattle’s comeback masked the impact of his performance.
Shed Long Jr. came close to hitting a home slam in the fourth inning against Angels starter Alex Cobb, but settled for a two-run double off the top of the wall. With a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning off Steve Cishek, Seattle eventually tied the game.
Apart from the two homers, Gonzales pitched nicely after an abysmal performance in his last start. Gonzales tossed a season-high 103 pitches in 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and seven hits.
Drew Steckenrider (3-2) earned the win in the eighth inning.
OHTANI, YOU ARE AMAZING.
Joey Gallo (2020), Daniel Vogelbach (2019), Nomar Mazara (2019), Carlos Delgado (2001), and Mo Vaughn (1999) are among the players who have made it to the top deck. Only Chris Carter (465 feet) in 2016 and Jose Abreu (464 feet) in 2017 hit greater home runs at Safeco Field, according to the Mariners.
Since Albert Pujols in 2006, Ohtani is the only player to smash 33 or more home runs in the first 82 games of a season. He’s on track to finish in the top 61 percent of the field.
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STREAK OF SUCCESS
With his first home run of the season, David Fletcher extended his hitting streak to 22 games, the longest by an Angels player since Garrett Anderson in 2008.
APPEAL HAS BEEN HEARD
On Thursday, the appeal of Mariners LHP Hector Santiago’s 10-game ban for using a grip-enhancing foreign substance was heard. The hearing lasted several hours, and Santiago was informed that a decision will be made by the middle of next week, according to Seattle manager Scott Servais.
ROOM FOR TRAINEES
Mike Trout’s recovery work will continue through the All-Star break, with more clarity on a rehab assignment expected after the break, according to manager Joe Maddon. Trout has been sidelined with a calf ailment since mid-May. … While Upton was with the club in Seattle, Maddon said that Upton would not be reinstated from the disabled list this weekend.
MOVES IN THE ROSTER
IF Kean Wong was recalled from Salt Lake, while RHP Aaron Slegers was optioned to Salt Lake. For the last series before the break, Maddon requested the additional position player.
To complete the June 10 deal that sent 1B/OF Jake Bauers to Seattle, Seattle traded RHP Damsetta-Stubbs to Cleveland.
LHP for the Angels Patrick Sandoval (2-2, 3.86) takes the mound for the ninth time this season, and his second against the Mariners. Sandoval got the loss against Seattle on June 6 after pitching six innings and striking out ten batters.
RHP for the Mariners Chris Flexen (7-3, 3.80) takes the mound for the 17th time. Flexen has pitched well at home, going 5-2 with a 1.99 ERA in nine starts.
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