Achieve only four runs.
So critical for the Seattle Mariners.
They did not, the Los Angeles Angels.
It was not that the Mariners had no chance. They missed opportunities in the 9th and 10th innings and Mariner Killer Kole Calhoun did not do a 4-3 with his walk-off home range against Juan Nicasio on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the 10th innings Victory on Friday at Angel Stadium.
And also the Mariners (61-42) missed a big chance in the rating of the American League West, both the Astros and the Athletics lost. They stay one game in front of the A and five back from the Astros.
This result shows how much has turned for the Mariners. They lost an extra-innings game for the first time this year, having played the day 8-0 in such games.
But Kole Calhoun … his first walk-off homer.
This walk-off homer increased his average batting average to .201
"Juan has been throwing the ball very well lately and I thought he had enough left in the tank," said Mariner's manager Scott Servais to reporters. We did not get the run and it took a lot of wind out of the sail and then he let the ball up and Calhoun has not missed it lately. "
Calhoun has one against the Mariners Kind of dark magic in progress. He beats .357 against them (10-for-28) with three home runs (tied for the most he scores against any team with the Dodgers).
Against all other teams this season, Calhoun beats .183 (47-for-258).
But the Mariners needed four runs. They are 43-12 in games they do.
Dee Gordon had his third strike of the game in the top of the tenth inning, stealing second and finishing third in a throwing error and one for the two All-Stars of the Mariners, Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger.
Segura went and went to second base on a steal for a 0-1 count to Haniger. Angels catcher Jose Briceno, who started with the catchers Martin Maldonado exchanging for the Astros, threw the second, which sent Gordon home.
He was originally called safe on the plate, but he was overturned at the replay.
"It was not a designated game by any means," Mariner's manager Scott Servais told reporters. "Jean had a go-ahead to break a double and Dee just reacted to that very, very close game on the plate, but they did the game."
Except, Gordon said that third baseman Scott Brosius was his said before Segura declined that Gordon should take off for the plate.
"Bro let me know in advance that when they get through, you go home," Gordon said. "And I did that and they made the game."
"We had the game on and they made a good game."
Maybe it was not a designed game, with Brosius telling Gordon to leave If Segura did, but Servais insisted that it was Gordon's instinct.
"It's an instinct game by Dee," Servais said, "I thought he had a chance to make it. It was only a blink of an eye. "
But a hard blow with Haniger and Nelson Cruz later.
Segura was still in second base, but Haniger missed out to end the inning.
Then Calhoun against Nicasio – and that was it Ball Game.
The Mariners' month-long anemic attack brought zeros to Angels starter Andrew Heaney in the fifth inning, with the Angels claiming a 3-0 lead.
The Mariners offensive scored this match with a .232 team strike average in July – the worst ever average of a month – their previous low was in the first month .256.
So let's go to the bottom of their order to unravel this radio.
Mike Zunino had his second strike of the Day after his home run with a line drive, the fielder Justin Upton had turned around to lead the eighth inning – the Mariners, 3-2.
Andrew Romine stepped in as a pinch runner and after Ben Game When l brought him to third place, Guillermo Heredia found just enough space on a bloop single-to-right field to tie the game.
Heredia and Zunino had two hits each. Zunino came in at 0.185, and Heredia hit 0.225.
"I thought we had done something better offensive," said Servais. "We just have to end it, these are games we usually won … we just did not finish the deal."
Zunino started in the fifth round. He saw a fastball painting the outer corner of the plate and he hit it as if it were a routine pop-up.
But Zunino is pretty strong. It went in the opposite direction and thanks to a short porch in the right field and thanks to right fielder Kole Calhoun not larger than 5 feet-10, Zunino had his 13th home run of the season.
This was Zunino's first homer since June 29, a period of 18 days on the list of disabled people.
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It traveled 345 feet.
Speaking of the first homeruns – Cruz sent a counter-field rocket into the right center after his first homerun since July 4, and he reduced the Angels' lead to 3-2. Cruz hit it 410 feet.
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So a 345-foot homerun, a 410-foot homerun … and then a 396-foot-out?
Kyle Seager has almost two back-to-back home runs and follows Cruz with a shot into midfield – AKA Mike Troutland.
And Trout takes off. He jumped to the wall to see what else would have been like the Spielhöller, but instead Seager went back to the shelter.
Seager's former assassin was trapped and shortstop Andrelton Simmons stole a strike. So not a nice day for Seager.
It was not a pleasant start for LeBlanc either.
The Angels have loaded the base on a single by Jose Briceno in the second inning before Calhoun caps a basic double for two Angels runs.
David Fletcher followed with a sacrificial fly to put the Angels 3-0 up.
Except LeBlanc settled down. He even beat Trout in the fifth inning (on a 84.7-mph fastball). He allowed the three runs on five strokes and went three batters in six innings. He hit six, having tied a career high with 10 strikeouts to his previous start.
LeBlanc was outside, but Heaney was through the seventh inning and had thrown only 66 places.
Even after the Mariners joined the game in the eighth round, Heaney had thrown 81 more boxes. LeBlanc threw 84 in six innings.
The Mariners had the chance to take the top of Ninth. Nelson Cruz performed with a single, was drawn to the pinch runner Denar Span and Kyle Seager left.
After tricking Ryon Healy, Chris Herrmann fired a shot at the first line, but Albert Pujols, the 38-year-old, dove to the left, catching him and rescuing something that was probably a Mariners' lead.
But he pulled the runners into second and third place before Ben Gamel left.
A few takeaways:
An inning after the Mariners had runners on first and second without outs, but did not hit, they had Dee Gordon on third base with one out and their all-stars – Jean Segura and Mitch Haniger – in the 10th.
Gordon arrived with his third single, then he stole the second place and finished third in the throwing error of catcher Jose Briceno.
Haniger was 1-0 in the census after Segura left when Segura started for second place and threw Briceno. So Gordon went home.
It was initially considered safe, but the reiteration showed Briceno had applied the label just before crossing the plate. It was close, but the call was lifted by New York for the second time.
Haniger then grazed with Segura on the second base.
Wade LeBlanc pushed an 84.7 mph fastball on the bottom outside corner of the plate against Mike Trout in the fifth inning.
Trout looked, argued, and that was the slowest fastball the biggest player of this generation pulled through in his career.
Something that LeBlanc can tell his children about.
That was LeBlanc's sixth shot of the day, a start after winning a career high of 10 strikeouts in the Mariners' victory over the White Sox.
For most, this ball that Mike Zunino faces in the right field in the fifth inning is a routine.
Actually, this is still routine in many ballparks.
But Zunino is pretty strong and he just got enough of Andrew Heaney's first pitch sinker to get it over Kole Calhoun's glove and over the short porch in the right field for a solo home run – it traveled 345 feet ,
He will take it.
Between his stint on the Disabled List and his offensive bouts, Zuninos was the first homerun since June 29th.
Game of the Game
Servais said it was an instinctive game by Dee Gordon on the steal home the top of the 10th innings.
But Gordon said third baseman Scott Brosius told him that if Jean Segura should take off for second base, he should run for the starting shot on the plate.
Gordon was initially considered safe, but the call was overthrown on replay when Ian Kinsler won Jose Briceno's second place and threw him back straight to get Gordon in time.
"Bro told me that was the game and they did well," Gordon said. "We had the game and they made a good game … they have a gold glove and a gold glove and they made a good game."
Angels starter Andrew Heaney needed just 81 places to pitch eight innings. He allowed seven hits and three runs with five strikeouts.
Wade LeBlanc threw six innings and allowed three runs to five strokes and allowed three walks. He hit five.
Juan Nicasio took the loss. He threw a perfect ninth inning, but then Calhoun hit the walk-off against him as the Mariners ran him back to the hill for the 10th inning.
Mike Zunino got his stick going – and it was a while ago. Zunino finished 2-for-3 with his first homerun since June 29 and then a rope of a double to the left field in the eighth, which eventually led to the game tie run.
Dee Gordon also had a game – he finished 3 for 5.
But what about the Mariner killer? Kole Calhoun increased his average batting average to .201 with a 2-for-4 performance. He drove in three of the four runs of the Angels from the spot # 9 in the order of the walk-off homer, and a two-run double.
"It stinks as it happens to us," said Dee Gordon. "But it's part of it, we have to build from that and keep growing, we can not go home now, we have to play a lot more games and we just have to see how it goes."
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