SEATTLE — Scoring runs was not supposed to be a problem for the Angels.
Then again, this wasn’t the lineup the Angels were supposed to be using.
On the day the Angels announced that third baseman Anthony Rendon would be out for the rest of the season because of wrist surgery, their patchwork lineup did little in an 8-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
The Angels didn’t have a hit against reigning Cy Young winner Robbie Ray until Max Stassi’s infield hit in the seventh inning.
It was the third time this month that a pitcher flirted with a no-hitter against the Angels. Dodgers lefty Tyler Anderson was just two outs away before Ohtani tripled in the ninth inning on Wednesday night. Back on June 2, the Angels had no hits against New York Yankees starter Jameson Taillon until the eighth.
The Angels were expected to have one of the best lineups in baseball, but that group has been together infrequently, and Rendon was just one of the missing pieces on Friday night.
Interim manager Phil Nevin also gave Shohei Ohtani the night off because he’d pitched on Thursday night and Nevin wanted him to play both games of the doubleheader on Saturday. First baseman Jared Walsh was out because he was sick, Nevin said.
It left a lineup with just three players who were projected to be starters before the season began: Mike Trout, Taylor Ward and Max Stassi.
Matt Duffy hit third and Luis Rengifo hit fourth against Ray, whose only jam came in the first inning.
Trout drew a walk and then Rengifo was hit by a pitch with two outs. Ray got Stassi on a groundout to strand the runners, and the Angels did not have another baserunner until Stassi’s hit, and that was a borderline hit.
Stassi hit a comebacker, and Ray reached up for it but the ball nicked off his glove. The Mariners had their infield deep and shifted toward the left side, so by the time second baseman Adam Frazier charged into the grass to pick it up, he didn’t have time to throw out Stassi.
The Angels finally scored a run against Ray in the eighth, when Juan Lagares led off with a triple and Andrew Velazquez followed with a double.
That was far too little, too late on a night when starter Michael Lorenzen didn’t even give them much of a chance if they did have their lineup intact.
Lorenzen was charged with seven runs in five innings, his worst start of the season.
Lorenzen gave up single runs in each of the first three innings, and then in the fourth, he gave up four more. He walked Jesse Winker to lead off the inning. An out later, he gave up a single to Frazier. Lorenzen was one out away from escaping the inning with no damage, but he walked Taylor Trammell and then walked J.P. Crawford to force in a run.
Lorenzen then threw a knee-high sinker to Ty France, who yanked it down the left-field line for a three-run double.
Lorenzen still made it through the fifth, which was helpful for the Angels just before Saturday’s doubleheader. Austin Warren then worked two innings.
Mayfield worked the eighth, becoming the Angels’ first position player to pitch since Adam Eaton last July. Mayfield pitched a scoreless inning.
More to come on this story.