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Shohei Ohtani left his jaw open, teammates were stunned and fans almost 150 meters from home plate ducked for cover.
Ohtani had, without a doubt, the most memorable recording of the night.
Mitch Haniger hit the most important thing.
Ohtani was the sixth player to hit the top deck of T-Mobile Park with a huge bang for his 33rd homer, but Haniger’s two-out grand slam in the eighth inning knocked the Seattle Mariners 7-3 over the Los Angeles Angels.
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“He’s got that kind of power, that kind of talent,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais. “But at the end of the day it’s only worth one and (Hangiers) was worth four. I liked (Hangigers) a little better, even if it didn’t go quite that far.”
Haniger drove a 2-0 pitch from Jose Quintana (0-4) into the left bullpen to round Seattle’s rally from a 3-0 deficit. Seattle kept the inning alive thanks to Jake Bauer’s hit and JP Crawford’s nine-pitch walk.
“On deck I was just rehearsing what I wanted to get from him. I was looking for a fastball and just saw myself being successful and then you get the feeling that I’ll make it, I’ll get through and it happened,” said Haniger . “I was just pumped up.”
The Angels took a 3-0 lead thanks to Ohtani’s solo homer-off starter Marco Gonzales, who rose to the top deck of the right field. Statcast from MLB projected the homer at 463 feet.
“That ball went far. It said 463. That can’t be 463,” said Angels manager Joe Maddon.
The ball landed over the fifth row of seats, hit a concrete wall, and bounced back into the lower levels. It made the ballpark hum and its teammates – especially Justin Upton – in disbelief in the shelter of the angels.
“I think Statcast was wrong. I think this ball was well over 150 yards … I know we talk about Shohei all the time, but we don’t talk about her enough. It’s just amazing,” Angels -Starter Alex Cobb said.
A couple of fans, sitting alone at the 300 level and saying they wanted a peaceful place to watch the game while watching the Seattle skyline, suddenly had to get out of their way when Ohtani’s explosion reached a rare section of the ballpark .
Ohtani leads the majors in Homers, and that drive came three days before his appearance in Monday’s All-Star Home Run Derby at Coors Field.
Unfortunately, Ohtani lost the explosion.
“We had a nice thing, then we gave them the momentum back,” said Maddon.
Shed Long Jr. narrowly missed a home run and settled for a double with two runs from the top of the wall in the fourth inning ahead of Cobb. Seattle eventually even pulled on France’s two-time RBI single in Steve Cishek’s seventh.
Apart from the two homers, Gonzales recovered well from an ugly outing on his last start. Gonzales allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, throwing a season high of 103 pitches.
Drew Steckenrider (3-2) took the win in eighth place.
Ohtani reached the upper deck together with Joey Gallo (2020), Daniel Vogelbach (2019), Nomar Mazara (2019), Carlos Delgado (2001) and Mo Vaughn (1999). The Mariners said only Chris Carter (465 feet) in 2016 and Jose Abreu (464 feet) in 2017 have met longer homers at the stadium.
Ohtani becomes the first player since Albert Pujols in 2006 to hit 33 or more homers in his first 82 games of a season. He’s on his way for 61.
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David Fletcher led the game with his first homer of the season, extending his hitting streak to 22 games, the longest for an Angels player since Garrett Anderson in 2008.
Mariners LHP Hector Santiago heard the appeal on Thursday for his 10-game suspension for using a non-slip foreign substance. The hearing lasted for several hours, and Seattle manager Scott Servais said Santiago had been told a decision should be made in the middle of next week.
Angles: Mike Trout will continue his rehab work during the all-star hiatus with more clarity about a rehab task likely to come out of hiatus, Maddon said. Trout has been sidelined since mid-May due to a calf injury. … Upton was with the team in Seattle but Maddon said he doesn’t expect Upton to be activated from the injured list this weekend.
The Angels recalled IF Kean Wong from Salt Lake and gave RHP Aaron Slegers an option for Salt Lake. Maddon wanted the extra position player for the final series before the break.
Seattle sent RHP Damon Casetta-Stubbs to Cleveland to complete the June 10 deal that brought 1B / OF Jake Bauers to Seattle.
Angels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (2-2, 3.86) makes his ninth start of the season and second against the Mariners. Sandoval threw six innings to hit 10, but lost to Seattle on June 6.
Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (7-3, 3.80) makes his 17th start. Flexen was great at home with a 5-2 record and 1.99 ERA in nine home starts.