Shohei Ohtani overcomes harm scare in Angels’ loss to Mariners

Jesse Winker hit a grand slam, Marco Gonzales struck out seven and the Seattle Mariners beat the Angels 6-3 on Sunday as Shohei Ohtani acquired a go to from trainers and continued to battle.

Winker’s slam — the second of the season for Seattle and Winker’s third profession one — put Seattle up 5-1 and helped the Mariners keep in third within the AL wild-card race. Eugenio Suarez added two hits and drove in a run.

“You know, the one thing about Wink is he’s a talker,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais stated. “He likes to get everybody going and you need the days like today. I talked to him about it a little before the game today: ‘I need your energy today. Go ahead, talk smack, get your teammates fired up,’ and as soon as you give him the key, he takes it and runs with it.”

Two-way sensation Ohtani was visited by trainers earlier than his second at-bat after colliding with Gonzales close to the on-deck circle in a collision with Gonzales, however stayed within the recreation and interim Angels supervisor Phil Nevin confirmed “he’s OK.”

Gonzales (7-11) additionally took a comebacker off the foot as he snapped a two-game shedding streak. David Fletcher doubled for 2 runs within the three-hit fourth inning and added one other RBI within the sixth to chop Seattle’s result in 6-3. However Gonzales reached a season-high 91 mph a few occasions after the incidents, giving up a stroll and eight hits, to guide Seattle to its second win in three video games

“Guys were joking that I need to get beat up before the game apparently,” Gonzales joked. “But I’d vote against that.”

Andres Munoz, Penn Murfee and Paul Sewald mixed for 3 scoreless innings of aid as Seattle improved to an AL-best 22-9 in its final 31 video games. Sewald earned his 14th save in 17 makes an attempt.

Angels starter Tucker Davidson (1-3), in his first look since being acquired from the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, walked 5 and struck out one in an uneven begin over 4 innings. He gave up six earned runs and 6 hits.

“He showed us some flashes of some stuff that we heard about,” Nevin stated. “ I can understand being nervous coming to your first time pitching for a new team, and I think that’ll calm down his next time out.”

Ty France and Mitch Haniger hit consecutive one-out singles within the third inning earlier than Davidson walked Suarez, loading the bases for Winker. The left fielder bent a 2-0 pitch across the right-field foul pole for a 5-1 lead. Sam Haggerty added a run-scoring double within the fifth.

All these hits had been clutch, one thing the Mariners have struggled with all season.

“I attempt to remind myself that you already know the stress is on“ the pitcher, Winker stated. “It’s simply my job to place a superb swing on the ball and clearly these are three clutch at-bats in a time of the sport the place we wanted them. That was the story of the sport for certain.“

Shohei Ohtani’s shut name

Shohei Ohtani grounds out in opposition to the Mariners throughout the first inning Sunday.

(John Froschauer / Related Press)

Ohtani and Gonzales collided because the pitcher tried to again up dwelling plate within the third inning on a throw from the outfield. Ohtani drifted towards the sector of play whereas watching occasions unfold as Gonzales backpedaled into place.

“I felt bad,” Gonzales stated. “I crushed his foot and luckily didn’t roll my ankle too bad and was able to keep going.”

Gonzales additionally received a go to from the coach and stayed within the recreation. Ohtani struck out in that at-bat, however appeared to have a little bit of a limp after reaching base on a single within the fifth inning.

Ohtani struggled within the four-game collection in opposition to the Mariners, going 2-for-16 with seven strikeouts.

“Just a little spike on the top of the foot,” Nevin stated.

Roster transfer: The Angels claimed outfielder Steven Duggar on waivers from Texas and designated outfielder Dillon Thomas for project.

Damage replace: Outfielder Mickey Moniak, a high rookie prospect acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies this week in a part of the deal for pitcher Noah Syndergaard, will miss at the very least eight days after fracturing the tip of his left center finger within the ninth inning of Saturday’s 7-1 night-cap win over Seattle. Moniak and the staff stated he additionally acquired six stitches after a ninth-inning bunt try that went improper. He’ll be re-evaluated when the stitches are eliminated in eight to 10 days and may very well be again within the lineup at that time.