Angels comeback comes up short in loss to Seattle Mariners

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Six Angels relievers — including one they certainly hoped not to have to use — combined to hold the Mariners to one run over the final 8-2/3 innings, after Peña recorded just one out.“I don’t know how the bullpen got us to the ninth, to be honest with you,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “These guys were stretched thin. They did a great job. If we had not gotten back into it, there’s no doubt we would have had to go to Plan B to save some guys.”Plan B was catcher Francisco Arcia pitching, which would have made him the first Angels position player to pitch in 25 years.Instead, the Angels relievers and hitters made it a game.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Down 8-0 in the fifth, the Angels got on the board on a Justin Upton two-run homer. The Angels, who have the worst average in the majors against lefties, got nothing else in six innings against lefty Marco Gonzales. In the seventh, though, Gonzales was gone. Upton and Albert Pujols drove in runs and then Simmons was robbed by left fielder Denard Span of a three-run homer. Instead, it went for a sacrifice fly, pulling the Angels within 8-5.But the Angels could not finish the job. They came up empty in the eighth against Alex Colome and the ninth against Edwin Diaz.“Even though it’s a loss, it’s a good feeling knowing no matter what the score, we can catch up,” Simmons said.Simmons said the mood in the dugout was still upbeat, even after Peña gave up seven runs in a nightmare first inning.“It was night and day from what we had seen in his last start,” Scioscia said of Peña, who gave up two runs in six innings in his last outing. “Usually he’s around the zone, has good life, uses all his pitches. He never got comfortable. He missed his spots. Those guys had good looks at him, obviously.”Peña allowed hits to the first four hitters and then a walk. After a strikeout, he issued a walk and then gave up two more hits, accounting for seven runs.Peña, who had a 2.73 ERA in his first six big league starts, sounded undeterred after the game. He said he didn’t even review the outing on video to diagnose what went wrong.“I felt normal, like any other day,” he said through an interpreter. “It was just one of those days that things didn’t go your way.”The last time an Angels starter allowed seven or more runs while getting one out or fewer was Joel Piñeiro in 2011.Peña’s poor performance left the Angels to maneuver 26 outs with a shorthanded bullpen. Of the seven relievers on the roster, two of them were most likely to be used only in an emergency.Related Articlescenter_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, right, scores without a throw to Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, left, on a single by Justin Upton, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, catcher Jose Briceno, right, and first baseman Jefry Marte, center, have a discussion with starting pitcher Felix Pena during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. Pena did not last the first inning after facing nine batters. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jim Johnson works against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners starting pitcher Marco Gonzales delivers to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon, right, slides in to steal second as Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons takes the late throw during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia, left, pulls starting pitcher Felix Pena, with first baseman Jefry Marte watching during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. Pena did not last the first inning after facing nine batters. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons turns two, stepping on second to force out Seattle Mariners’ Denard Span, then throwing to first to get Nelson Cruz during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Seattle Mariners center fielder Mitch Haniger uses his body to stop a line drive bounce hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons for a single during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger is hit by a pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, right, is congratulated by Mike Trout, left, with Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino looking on after Upton hit a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun sprints to catch a fly ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Jean Seguraduring the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Seattle Mariners left fielder Denard Span leaps at the fence to catch Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons RBI sacrifice fly ball, to score Justin Upton, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, right, scores without a throw to Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino, left, on a single by Justin Upton, during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, catcher Jose Briceno, right, and first baseman Jefry Marte, center, have a discussion with starting pitcher Felix Pena during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. Pena did not last the first inning after facing nine batters. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, left, catcher Jose Briceno, right, and first baseman Jefry Marte, center, have a discussion with starting pitcher Felix Pena during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2018. Pena did not last the first inning after facing nine batters. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)ExpandANAHEIM — Felix Peña left the Angels in a hole that would require an entire team effort to try to escape.They almost made it.Peña gave up seven runs before the Angels even came to bat on Sunday afternoon. They  trailed by eight before eventually losing 8-5 to the Seattle Mariners, snapping their four-game winning streak.“We didn’t get the win, but it’s a positive note that down a lot of runs early, we managed to make it a game still,” said Andrelton Simmons, who was robbed of a three-run homer that would have pulled the Angels within one. “We were a couple inches away from a different result.” Noé Ramírez threw 28 pitches in two innings on Saturday and Hansel Robles had pitched the previous two days. That left Jim Johnson, Cam Bedrosian, Justin Anderson, José Álvarez and Blake Parker to figure out a way to get through the rest of the afternoon.Johnson got seven outs while allowing one run. Bedrosian got four outs, Álvarez got three and Parker got four, leaving just Anderson with eight outs to go. He got five, before the Angels were left with no choice but to use Robles.The Angels rarely use a reliever three days in a row. The last one who did it was Keynan Middleton in April. Middleton soon thereafter wound up on the disabled list with an injury that required Tommy John surgery.“Everyone contributed, everyone did a great job of keeping us in it,” Parker said. “I think our offense did a great job of coming back and scoring some runs. That helps you get into the game a little bit… Just fell a little bit short.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros last_img read more


HK club ends SMB-Alab’s 7-game run

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I was really really pleased with the effort,” said Alapag, whose team remains on top of the league with an 11-3 record. “In the end, we gave ourselves a chance. I thought we fouled a little bit too much and it’s tough. They put a lot of pressure on Balkman and all the other guys to fight for rebounds.”Deguara had a season-high 31 rebounds to go with 18 points, while Holyfield, who replaced the injured OD Bassett in the lineup, added 19 boards to his 20 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsEven with Renaldo Balkman as its only reinforcement, Alab kept the game close up until the end and even led 77-71 on a three from Ray Parks who finished with 29 points. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next HONGKONG—San Miguel Beer-Alab Pilipinas’ seven-game winning streak came to an end on Wednesday night, but there was no hint of disappointment from coach Jimmy Alapag after the shorthanded Filipino club dropped an 88-83 decision on the road against Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League Season 9.Playing without 7-foot-3 center PJ Ramos, who went down due to food poisoning before the game at Southorn Stadium, Alab struggled to contain 7-foot-5 Sam Deguara and 6-foot-11 Mike Holyfield as Eastern finally beat Alab for the first time in four games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Go powers Ateneo to cruising winlast_img read more