As we all know, baseball has a collection of idiosyncrasies that make the game particularly enjoyable in its weird and charming way. I’ve always loved the fact that coaches have to wear the same uniform as players, or that no doubt running home in some stadiums is just a dead puppy on the road to warning others. But another one of my favorite casual baseball stuff raised its head in today’s Mariners game: a starting pitcher who has an edge before they even throw a single square. Just like a quarterback taking the field with a 7-0 lead behind their defensive homes a wrong return, a pitcher having the luxury of an early lead does wonders for their game plan, psyche and overall demeanor.
This luxury was given to Marco Gonzales in good condition when José Marmolejos smashed this wild pitch of Dylan Bundy into the back walls of Angel Stadium.
Not only was this the first home run of Marmolejo’s career, 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] PRACTICE ON HON BE BEFORE THE GAME. This is the luxury of being incredibly smart. The townspeople sang my praises far and wide as our favorite baseball team took a 3-0 lead during the first 0-05%.
Seattle had another big luxury on their side tonight after Angels superstar Mike Trout lost the game to welcome a newborn Alevi. A luxury that Marco Gonzales does not have, unfortunately, he is able to miss in the middle of the plate. Although his cutting-curveball repertoire of change can be extremely effective when corner points, none of those areas play very well if he ends up in the fat portion of the kick area. While making noise through the first four clutter, Gonzales was doubly throwing out drum mate Joe Hudson for the first time. When he made gambling at the heart of the slab, he usually did it at the beginning of the reckoning, when the strikers are prone to take, as he did in this three-step destruction of Shohei Ohtani.
When Hudson rose to one spot for an entire attack, Gonzales was also in for a challenge. This steady diet of Justin Upton’s inner openers, though undoubtedly aided by prejudice, is a simple example of how Gonzales can be a nightmare for right-handers.
Unfortunately, being a control pitcher without wobbly and lost items means that Gonzales is more dependent on his defense than cousins who come equipped with a Formula 1 engine. With two departures in the fifth arc, Gonzales caused a spinning block shot by someone named Taylor Ward. When the ball spun like a Beyblade towards the second base, Shed Long Jr. got up to position to play the game, approaching the ball, just as he would use it in the air. Rather, the ball seemed to take a left turn and dodge its handle, giving the Angels a much-needed baserunner and Long Jr. his first mistake of the season. What happened next can only be described with a cramp, deep sigh and a resigned “This is baseball”.
This was Max Stassi, a life-saving pullback with a wRC + career of 75. The absurd reverse run at home, which stood straight from a nail, sparked a fantastic backlash from Gonzales.
Stassi pole dancing turned a totally boring 3-0 game into a somewhat less boring 3-2 game. For whatever reason the Mariners forgot how to strike after Marmolejo’s first shot, and the game picked up the pace of an auction where no one wanted to buy anything. Undoubtedly the upside-down nature of this season has created many unusual factors, most of which I hope will retire when they play 162 again, but I absolutely do not hate a game of being in the fifth round before 8pm. If Mariners want to bring something out of this bizarre world into the future, it should definitely be the starting time 6:40.
The scoreboard continued to read 3-2 as the sun set at Angels Cookie Cutting Stadium, surrounded by 19 miles of parking. Until, that is, a sudden mess lit up the Orange County sky like a poorly functioning Juul pod. Source? Shedric Bernard Long Jr., who played Angels ‘Hansel Robles’ Derek Zoolander.
Robles and the Angels continued this with the always controversial “two straight walks” maneuver, causing Joe Hudson to advance both runners with a picturesque stunt. I’m not kidding at all when I say this will probably be my lifelong memory of Joe Hudson, the current Seattle Mariner. JP Crawford came in with a good fortune two-RBI, and just like that, the Mariners had some much-needed insurance runs. They would quickly gather in three more runs to secure a series win against their tomato-colored enemies, delayed only by Shohei Ohtani hitting somewhat low and on the field over the wall in the center-left field. Tomatoes, by the way, have the best Ohtani and Trofta, added Anthony Rendon and Joe Maddon, but still do not have any good dishes on the list. This seems like a bad idea. I’m sure they’ll get things right away, though. It is not like they had extra time to prepare for this season and evaluate their result.
Joe Maddon: “You really can’t go anywhere without any significant crushing.”
He said he would meet with rogue coach Mickey Callaway and attack coach Matt Wise to address things.
– Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 31, 2020
When the dust cleared at the Disney brides’ funeral, the Mariners had taken two of the three from the team that I enjoy seeing they beat the most. Seed of luxury.