Angels lose to Mariners as Ohtani’s oblique injury lingers

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Angels starter Patrick Sandoval, with a season record of 7-13, labored through five innings as the Angels opted for a bullpen day on the horizon.

As Shohei Ohtani was once again sidelined due to an oblique injury, J.P. Crawford’s three-run double led the Seattle Mariners to an 8-0 win over the Angels. 

Angels manager Phil Nevin left Ohtani out of the lineup for the ninth consecutive game on Tuesday.

Eugenio Suárez contributed with a homer and an early RBI single. This victory snapped the Mariners’ four-game losing streak and put them just 1½ games behind the AL West-leading Astros, thanks to Houston’s loss to Oakland. Seattle also tied with Toronto for the AL’s third wild-card spot.

Seattle struck early, scoring three runs in the first inning against Angels starter Patrick Sandoval. Then, in the fourth inning, they added four more runs. Suárez and Ty France delivered clutch RBI singles, and Dylan Moore contributed an RBI double, all with two outs.

The game took a turn in the fourth inning when Crawford’s home run to right-center cleared the bases. 

Julio Rodríguez followed up with an RBI single, and Suárez added his 20th homer in the fifth inning.

Sandoval (7-13) struggled through five innings, with the Angels opting for a bullpen day on Wednesday. While he yielded eight runs, only five were earned. In the first inning, a miscue by Mike Moustakas at third base on Rodríguez’s grounder contributed to Seattle’s big inning.

Moustakas could have potentially been charged with another error in the fourth inning on France’s grounder, which was ruled a hit. Unfortunately, he had to exit the game in the fifth inning due to left wrist soreness.