As we all know, baseball has a collection of idiosyncrasies that make the game especially delicious in its own weird and beautiful way. I’ve always loved the fact that coaches have to wear the same uniform as the players, or that the run at home is undoubtedly in some stadiums just a dead quail to warn others. One of my favorite baseball things at random has raised its head in tonight’s Mariners game: a starting pitcher who has an advantage before he even throws a single pitch. Like a quarterback who is taking the field with a 7-0 lead after their defense backs up quickly, a pitcher with the luxury of an early lead does wonders for their game plan, psyche, and general behavior.
That luxury was given to Marco Gonzales when José Marmolejos hit this atrocious Dylan Bundy stadium on the back walls of the Angel Stadium.
Not only was this the first run of the Marmolejos career home, but it was also something I [clears throat, buys trophy, pours eight beers into it, drinks it like I’ve just won some sort of self-serving championship] PREACHED ONE HOUR BEFORE THE GAMES. This is the luxury of being incredibly smart. The townspeople sang my praise far and wide as our favorite baseball team took a 3-0 lead during the first .05% of the game.
Seattle had another major luxury on their side tonight, as Angels superstar Mike Trout missed the game to welcome the newborn. A luxury that Marco Gonzales does not have, unfortunately, is to be able to lose in the middle of the plate. Although his cutter-curveball-changeup repertoire can be extremely effective when cornering corners, none of those pitches fit very well if you end up in the fat part of the strike area. . Visiting the first four innings, Gonzales was throwing dimes to first-time drummer Joe Hudson. When he made plays on the core of the plate, he typically did so early in the count when the attackers are prone to take, as he did in this Shohei Ohtani destruction in three pitches.
When Hudson was stopped in one place for an entire ship, Gonzales was also the challenge. This constant diet of cutters inside Justin Upton, while surely assisted by the referee, is a pristine example of how Gonzales can be a nightmare for right-handed hitters.
Unfortunately, being a control pitcher without a swing-and-miss means Gonzales relies more on his defense than pitchers who come equipped with a Formula 1 engine. With two outs in the fifth inning, Gonzales fired a jam shot. -chosen by someone named Taylor Ward. As the ball turned like Beyblade to second base, Shed Long Jr. jumped to the goal as he approached the ball. Instead, the ball appeared to take a left turn on him and he pulled out his glove, giving the Angels the necessary baserunner and Long Jr. his first mistake of the season. What happened next can only be described with a shrug, a deep blow, and a resigned “That’s baseball”.
This was Max Stassi, a backup receiver of her life with a 75-year-old wRC + career. The absurd run into the opposite field of a house that remained fair by a fingernail led to a fantastic reaction from Gonzales.
Stassi’s dance pole turned a slightly less boring 3-0 drilled game into 3-2. For whatever reason, the Mariners forgot how they hit after Marmolejos ’first inning shot, and the game took the auction step where no one wanted to buy anything. Obviously the upside-down nature of this season has created a lot of unusual features, many of which I hope will be withdrawn when they play 162 again, but I absolutely don’t mind a game being in the fifth inning before the -8.00. If the Sailors want to bring something out of this bizarre world in the future, it must surely be the 6:40 start time.
The scoreboard continued to read 3-2 as the sun set over the Angels’ cookie cutter stadium surrounded by 19 miles of parking. Unless, say, a sudden jolt lit up the Orange County sky like a poorly functioning Juul pod. The source? Shedric Bernard Long Jr., who played the role of Derek Zoolander with Hansel Robles of the Angels.
Robles and the Angels followed this ever-dubious maneuver on “two straight passengers,” leading Joe Hudson to advance the two runners with a picturesque purpose of sacrifice. I’m not kidding at all when I say that this will probably be my lasting memory of Joe Hudson, a Real Seattle Mariner. JP Crawford translated into skins of two fortuitous RBI, and just like that, the sailors had some necessary insurance races. They will soon play on three more runs to secure a series win against their tomato-colored foes, delayed only by Shohei Ohtani who somehow hit low and in the field on the wall in the field. -left. Tomatoes, by the way, famously has Ohtani and Trout, added Anthony Rendon and Joe Maddon, but they still don’t have one good pitcher on the roster. That seems like a bad idea. But I’m sure they’ll fix things. Not like they had extra time preparing for this season and valuing their bullpen.
Joe Maddon: “You can’t get anywhere without the substantial bullpen.”
He said he will meet with pitching coach Mickey Callaway and bullpen coach Matt Wise to address matters.
– Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 31, 2020
When the dust cleared over the burial of the Disney mascot, the sailors took two out of three of the team I enjoyed watching them beat the most. What a luxury.