The score of today’s game does not really reflect the complete dominance that the Mariners achieved over the Angels in every phase of the game. The Mariners creamed the Angels in every aspect of today’s game in a total team effort that felt especially satisfying after a couple of games where they picked up one-run wins in a month where they leaned heavily on their pitching like the Mariners. offense wavered. It felt extra-specially satisfying to record this win against the despicable Angels at their home park to secure a series sweep that would further elevate the Mariners in the Wild Card standings while merrily burying the Angels deeper in the AL West cellar. Quite a fun time was had, and at this point I have to say, for all my whining about the YouTube game, the actual broadcast team was solid: Yonder Alonso, in particular, injected good insight, the stats presented were mostly helpful. and useful, and obviously, the mic segments were great, with Adam Frazier and Logan Gilbert—not the first two guys I’d think of in this role, necessarily—both showing well on a national stage. Maybe having the High Cast of celebrities and influencers where I spent about thirty seconds before snapping so fast I left a smoking Kate-sized hole behind me helps take some of the pressure off of YouTube trying to make baseball Cool For The Kids and let the rest of us to enjoy some baseball in peace. Or as much peace as you can have when there’s a live chat rolling with all the internet’s hottest baseball takes. Look, it was good for a YouTube gameok
Anyway, back to the game. Let’s talk about all these phases of governance, because they are nice to count.
1) Starting booting
The Mariners started George Kirby, who continues to show signs of improvement and growth as he goes along in his young career. The Angels clearly watched some film of Kirby against the Orioles, who ambushed his fastball early in the count, but Kirby’s fastball today was excellent, so he was able to coax out a lot of bad balls and weak contact along with some pretty quick innings. of the swing-happy Angels. He didn’t pick up the whiffs like he might have in the past—he got no whiffs on the 19 sinkers/two-seamers he threw and just one on the slider—but he was able to use his curveball very well today. , getting the highest CSW% on that pitch (except for his changeup, but he only threw four of those today), and was able to lead off that pitch.
He also had that absolute gem of an at-bat with Ohtani in the third inning, when the Angels got on the board for the first time on a pair of pinch-hits by Andrew Velazquez and David Fletcher, bringing Ohtani up with the Mariners now. protecting only a three-run lead. Kirby put Ohtani away on three pitches, starting by challenging him with a fastball, then running a curveball onto his hands for a foul, and then executing this absolutely perfect pitch:
Ohtani would get Kirby back in the fifth with an RBI single followed by a double by certified Mariner-killer Luis Rengifo to give the Angels their second and third runs of the day, but that wouldn’t be the thing that frustrated Kirby the most. the day: that would be in the sixth inning, when after getting two quick outs he walked Steven Duggar, causing Scott Servais to summon Penn Murfee from the ‘pen to finish out the sixth. It was kind of a disappointing end to a strong start for Kirby—in a game that was so satisfying on so many levels, that’s the one missing piece to this game—but it’s good to have a target to shoot for the next outing, right?
Touki Toussaint drew the start for the Angels, which upsets me because I hate rooting against Touki, who became good friends with several Mariners players while playing with the Peoria Javelinas in the AFL, and also because I really believe in Touki as a pitching talent. but he is currently in perhaps the worst possible organization to help him become the best pitcher he can be. Free Touki. Like Kirby, Touki also leaned heavily on his curveball, drawing some ugly whiffs from Mariners batters, but he also struggled with his command, striking out three but walking four (and hitting a batter) and giving up four runs in just 2.2 innings. Which brings us quickly into…
2) The offense
An 11-7 score might not suggest that the Mariners outplayed the Angels so easily offensively, especially considering the Mariners are at full strength and the Angels are Shohei Ohtani and the Sholite Vocal Band, but it felt like a pretty decisive offensive victory for the Mariners. As noted above, they jumped on Toussaint in the third inning for four runs, starting, as most good things do these days, when Sam Haggerty took first base on a hit by pitch and then just as quickly stole second. Two more walks loaded the bases for Mitch Haniger, who doesn’t care much for the Tigers, especially not NOBLES:
The real offensive trade deadline crowdfunding has been with us all along, it turns out. Haniger absolutely burned the ball today; that was the most hit ball of the game, at 108.7 MPH, but Haniger had three of the top ten most hit balls of the game today:
That would bring in one run, then a bases-loaded walk to JP Crawford would bring in another, before Carlos Santana did what he does best and came up with another two-run single to stake the Mariners to a 4-0 lead.
But the Mariners offense would go on to score so many more runs! So much more. Mike Mayers, who looks like a metaverse Andrew Scott, would be saddled with long relief duties after Toussaint was shut down, and Eugenio Suárez greeted him very rudely in the fifth (with Haniger on board, because of course he was):
Cal thought that looked fun, so he got in on it too with a solo shot to make it 7-1.
And so it would go. Every time the Angels scraped together a few more runs, the Mariners answered back, stretching their lead. The Angels got two more runs in the fifth? Birthday boy Jesse Winker had an answer for that, belting out this 93 MPH fastball in his favorite part of the zone, up the middle:
Adam Frazier was on board for that, reaching base three times today out of the leadoff spot, to push the lead to 9-3. The Angels got two more runs? Cal Raleigh has an answer for that, and this one exploded:
That is a certified tank, going 425 feet, which at the time of this writing is the most hit baseball in MLB today. It’s also what we in the business call a “dagger,” pushing the Mariners’ lead to 11-5 heading into the bottom of the 9th. It’s also the most-among-all-MLB catchers Cal Raleigh’s 18th home run in MLB this series, and the thing that secured him the coveted “YouTube Player of the Game” award, introducing the Big Dumper to a national audience . We are so proud.
3) The bullpen
Admittedly, it’s not hard to be better than the Angels’ bullpen, and the Mariners’ normally strong relievers faltered a bit here: Penn Murfee gave up two runs in 1.1 innings of work, and Matt Festa allowed an Ohtani bomb that will likely lead all . the national media highlight reels of this game even though Cal’s went further and was hit harder. Matt Brash, however, was absolutely disgusting, striking out the side in his innings and recording some hilarious numbers along the way:
Here it is in video form:
So there you have it. Victory in all phases of the game, with the bonus of some advanced Tungsten Arm O’Doyle shit with a four-hit (double shy of a cycle!), four-RBI day for Ohtani in the losing effort (John tried to convince the Slack that Festa purposefully allowed the last homer to drive his offseason price tag even higher. and though I never will doubt the ingenuity of a Staten Island native, I think it was just a missed pitch). The Tungsten Arm Effect was so strong, Twitter even had to define it for the standards:
There’s another YouTube game on the 25th, when the Nationals come to Seattle for a Seattle-Cleveland game with big Wild Card implications, giving the Mariners another chance to show a national audience what, exactly, we do here in Seattle.