Things were not looking too good for the Angels going into the ninth inning during their game Sunday against their division rivals, the Mariners. The Mariners had a comfortable 9-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth and Casey Fien was sent to the mound to shut down the Angels. It turns out that the Angels got some angelic help this Sunday as they were able to overcome the six-run deficit.
It all started when Albert Pujols lead off the inning against Fien and hit a solo home run (his 592nd career long ball) to dead center field to make the score 9-4. Then, Cliff Penington stepped up to the plate and drew a walk. C.J. Cron singled and Ben Revere walked to load the bases up for Danny Espinosa.
Just like that, Fien’s night was over. Pitcher Edwin Diaz came in to relieve Casey Fien and was finally able to get an out when he got Espinosa to ground out to second. He followed that up by striking out catcher Martin Maldonado for out number two. Odds were definitely not in the Angels favor with the top of their lineup coming to the plate at this point considering the fact that the only had a 1.8 percent chance of winning according to FanGraphs.
That would definitely change after Yunel Escobar came to the plate. Escobar hit a base-clearing double to make the score 9-7 and the tables were beginning to turn.
Kole Calhoun stepped up to the plate and shortly after, Diaz threw a wild pitch allowing Escobar to advance to third. Calhoun was walked on four pitches for the third walk of the inning. With runners on first and third, Trout came up and, like Calhoun, was walked on four pitches for the fourth walk of the inning. The bases were now loaded for Pujols in his second at-bat of the inning.
Albert did not disappoint, he singling to right and scoring two runs to bring the score to an even 9-9 and just like that, the Angels had made an unbelievable comeback that no one thought was possible.
Instead of the Angels ending the rally at that and going to extra innings, Cliff Pennington ended the game with a single to right, scoring Mike Trout from third to give the Halos a well deserved W.
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According to ESPN Stats & Info, teams that were trailing by 6+ runs in the ninth inning had lost 346 consecutive games, who would have guessed that it would be the Angels to break that absolutely unbelievable streak.
You might also find it interesting that this is the first time the Angels scored at least 7 runs in the ninth inning for a victory since Aug. 28, 1986.
The Angels win today has added on to their great beginning to the season. The Halos are now 5-2 and 1 game ahead of the Astros in the AL West. I know it is really early and there are still 155 games left in the season, but at least the Angels are making it fun to be a fan and isn’t that what really matters?