ANAHEIM — The ninth inning of the Angels’ 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Monday night will go down as one of the ugliest in a season full of ugliness.
A collection of Angels errors and misplays led to the Mariners parlaying one walk and two hits into four runs, snapping a tie.
With one out, Aaron Loup gave up a single to Sam Haggerty. Loup then threw a pitch in the dirt that catcher Max Stassi blocked. Haggerty wasn’t trying to take the extra base, but Stassi came up throwing and he chucked the ball into center field. The Angels then walked Carlos Santana.
Julio Rodriguez hit a line drive right to second baseman Luis Rengifo. The ball popped out of his glove, but he still had plenty of time to throw home to try to get Haggerty. The Angels got Haggerty in a run down, but after Stassi threw the ball to third baseman Jose Rojas, no one had gone to cover home in time to take a throw, and Haggerty scored the tie-breaking run.
Ty France then hit a routine bouncer to shortstop Andrew Velazquez, whose throw home was in time to get Dylan Moore. The ball popped out of Stassi’s glove as he was tagging Moore.
Jesse Winker then hit a grounder to Rojas, who couldn’t throw home because he slipped. He got the out at first but another run scored.
The Mariners added their fourth run on a single by J.P. Crawford.
Even before all that, the Angels lost David Fletcher, who fouled a ball off his foot in the fifth inning. Although Fletcher continued his at-bat to get his second hit of the night, he came out of the game after playing two more innings of defense.
The nightmarish ending spoiled a night in which Shohei Ohtani worked six innings and gave up two runs. He struck out eight and walked one.
In the first inning, Ohtani threw a slider that was at the bottom of the zone when Winker hammered it over the right field fence.
Two innings later, Ohtani gave up a two-out bloop single to Winker, then he walked Mitch Haniger. Crawford then ripped a slider up the middle for an RBI single.
He tacked on three more scoreless innings, working around a two-out double in the fourth and a one-out single in the sixth.
Ohtani left with the score tied, 2-2, because the Angels didn’t muster much against Seattle’s newly acquired right-hander, Luis Castillo.
Luis Rengifo put the Angels on the board with a first-inning homer, with an assist from replay officials in New York. Rengifo launched a ball toward right center. Center fielder Julio Rodriguez and right fielder Mitch Haniger leaped at the same time, and the ball ticked off Rodriguez’s glove and back onto the field. Rengifo sped into third with what was at first ruled a triple, but upon review the call was changed to a homer.
It was the third homer in the past seven games for Rengifo.
Jared Walsh, who had been in a slump for most of the past few months, drove in the Angels’ second run with a single on an 0-and-2 pitch in the fourth inning. Walsh also had a walk and a bloop single.
More to come on this story.