Their failures to hit in scoring position with the Runners for much of the night were long enough to stop cheering fans in the packed T-Mobile park after not having many reasons to do so for the first eight innings. to find a reason.
But after rallying from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings, the Mariners could not make a free runner from second base in the bottom of 10.th innings to avoid a disappointing 4-3 loss to the Angels.
Inexplicably tied 3-3 after nine innings, the Angels finished 10. executed with perfection in the top ofth, With automatic runner Magnificent Sierra at second base and Paul Sewald on the mound for the Mariners, Andrew Velázquez pushed them into third and Taylor Ward hit a flyball deep enough to score the run.
The Mariners couldn’t do that.
Eugenio Suárez started the innings at second base and never left it as Carlos Santana hit a soft ground ball back to the pitcher and JP Crawford and Cal Raleigh hit weak pop flies for the outside.
It was a familiar theme to the Mariners, who waited until the ninth inning to get hit and score a run, with runners in the scoring position.
Down 3–0 and looking ineligible at the plate for much of the night, the Mariners were set to close for the first time since the infamous brawl in Anaheim.
But the Angels traded close to Raicel Iglesias for the Braves on the deadline, rolling out well-travelled veteran Jesse Chavez to move up to ninth.
Jesse Winker worked the one-out walk and pinch-hitter Jake Lamb singled out his first at-bat as the Mariner placed the runners first and second.
Adam Frazier gave the Mariners hope with a double in the right field corner to score Winker, after pinch-hitter Jared Kellenick was out in the wrong field.
This brought Tye France to the plate with second and third placed runners-up.
Making their first start since last Saturday, when a bad left wrist knocked them out of the lineup for the last game versus the Astros and all three games versus the Yankees, France looked out of rhythm at the plate. His first three at-bats produced a ground ball and the third was an inning-double play that made him drop his helmet in disgust.
But he came off singles in the middle to score both runs and put up a roaring crowd of 42,659.
It was the last time they had something to stand on at night and be happy.
After struggling in his last two outings, both against the Astros, Robbie Ray returned to his former form, carving out an Angels lineup that is missing Mike Trout, the infamous Mariners torturer.
Ray played seven innings, allowing one run for five hits with two runs and 10 strikeouts.
He defeated leadoff hitter Taylor Ward three times and American League MVP Shohei Ohtani three times.
He allowed a run, which had come in the first innings, seemed somewhat avoidable. With two outs, Luis Rengifo hit a ball into left field, looking like it would be a single. But Jesse Winker took a winding path to shine it and Rengifo recognized it, moving to second place for a double.
That extra base proved costly when Joe Adele managed to introduce a broken bat blooper into left field, allowing Rengifo to score.
The Angels made it 2–0 in the second innings with two dismissals off the second ball in the left-field corner. Winker sprinted to swing the ball off the bat of once-bowling prospect Magnerius Sierra for the Cardinals, but stumbled awkwardly near the foul line.
Sierra saw Winker’s stomach flop for the ball and kept running, not settling for a triple and looking for a big league home run of his first career.
But Winker was able to recover enough to get the ball to JP Crawford, who removed the ball quickly with a strong throw home.
The ball went past Sierra, but was offline. Cal Raleigh did an excellent job of catching the ball with a hop and making the tag on the plate to end the innings.
Ray would not allow the other to reach the scoring position in the next five innings.
But as fans will well remember, Felix Hernandez was a frequent victim of such anemic run support. During his illustrious career with the Mariners, Hernandez made 39 starts over 7 innings, allowing one run or less, where he did not win. This included 34 no decisions and five losses, four by a score of 1–0.
The Angels took a 3–0 lead at the top of the ninth. Lefty Ryan Borucki opened the innings by hitting Mickey Moniac with a 2-2 fastball and then dismissed Max Stacey for a two-run homer to make it 3-0.