Anaheim-It started on Thursday against the Houston Astros. No one was walked when Luis Garcia walked Shohei Ohtani with four balls, or when Garcia walked Otani with five balls later in the game. There was a runner on the second base when Otani hit in the 7th inning, and he ran every time Otani intentionally walked on the 10th.
By Saturday, it became a running theme, rather a walking theme. No one knew when the best Angels players could hit another good pitch.
Otani took another two steps with the Angels’ 14-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners, in line with yet another Major League Baseball record in the Freepass. It matched Babe Ruth (1930), Bryce Harper (2016) and Yasmani Grandal (2021) with 13 of the most walks in a four-game span.
This time, his teammate brought a bat.
Rookie Brandon Marsh, who was one spot ahead of Otani in the lead-off hole, collected singles in the first two at-bats with Mariners starter Tyler Anderson. Every time, Otani continued with a triple. Neither Marsh nor Otani participated in the sixth inning until the fifth at bat.
Philip Gosselin, who hit behind Otani, won two to three in four RBIs. Angels sixth batter Jared Walsh won the base-loaded doubles pair 4-5.
It was enough attack to overcome the shortened start of the injury by Angels pitcher Jaime Barria. A right-handed player was removed after two efficient and scoreless innings with an injury the team called “arm fatigue.” Barrier threw 1052/3 innings this season after throwing 32 1/3 in the 2020 season when the pandemic was shortened.
Rookie left-handed Jonathan Diaz (1-0) took over in the third inning and incredibly finished the match himself. Diaz allowed only one run in seven innings to win his first Major League Baseball. He became the 20th different Angels pitcher to win this season and threw an amazing 98 balls with confidence.
The Angels jumped into a 3-0 lead, scoring eight runs in the third inning to chase Anderson. Luis Rengoo hit a solo home run during the onslaught. This is the only home run out of Angels’ 14 home runs.
Before the 30,221 spectators were announced at Angel Stadium, the Angels won their second match in nine tries at the last home stand of the season.
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