The LA Angels were shutout by the Seattle Mariners in an embarrassing 10-0 slaughter on Friday night. On Saturday however, the roles were reversed as Ricky Nolasco and Co. shutout their rivals from up North.
The LA Angels have been sitting one game within .500 this past month. They have show excellent resiliency with their “never say die” attitude and did it again on Saturday night. The Halos were coming off one of their most embarrassing losses of the year, suffering a 10-0 thrashing from the Mariners. However, they showed rather quickly tonight that Friday was a fluke.
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Ricky Nolasco took the mound, coming off his best start of the season on Monday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He went 6.1 innings and allowed no Dodgers to cross the plate, giving up only five hits. He also struck out five while giving up two free bases. On Saturday he threw a complete game shutout, the first of the season for the Halos. Nolasco allowed only three hits and sent down seven Mariners on strikes.
Backing him up on defense, Cameron Maybin made a handful of miraculous plays. After Nelson Cruz hit a line drive off the wall early on, Maybin played it perfectly and gunned down Cruz as he tried to stretch the hit to a double. He also made a catch against the wall. He made a couple of sliding grabs for good measure to limit the Seattle offense.
On offense, Maybin teamed up with All-Star Game worthy shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Simmons hit a solo shot to center field in the second inning, while Maybin drove in Ben Revere on an RBI single in the third. The Angels capped off the scoring in the seventh inning, when Yunel Escobar scored on a wild pitch right before Luis Valbeuna scored on a fielder’s choice.
Recently acquired utility man Nick Franklin made his Halo debut as well. However, he went 0-2 with a strikeout and was pinch hit for in the seventh inning.
While it was not a 10-0 massacre, the Angels did what they always do and came back. Whether it is from a poor outing or poor inning, the Halos have been coming back all season. Playing with emotion is something this team has done well this season, and will have to continue if they hope to play late into October.