Angels Lose to Mariners in Unbelievably Embarrassing Way

Nobody loses baseball games like the Los Angeles Angels.

In the ninth inning of Monday night’s 51-65 Angels game against the Mariners, the two teams were tied at 2-2 with Seattle star Julio Rodriguez at the plate, runners on the corners and one out. Rodriguez lined out right at second baseman Luis Rengifo – who had a chance to make the flyout and the second out, but made it one of the worst defensive sequences you’ll ever see on a baseball diamond.

First, Rengifo dropped the ball. When Rodriguez was already screaming down the first baseline and a double play was unlikely, he threw the ball home when Sam Haggerty tried to score. Haggerty looked to be in a rundown – until the Angels failed to cover home plate well, allowing him to score and the Mariners to take the lead.

In the chaos that followed, Dylan Moore managed to move from first to third place and beat the throw. Everyone safe, 3-2 Seattle.

Angels fans seen in the broadcast
Angels fans seen in the broadcast

Angels fans were visibly upset, but the debacle didn’t stop there. The next batter was Ty France, who dribbled a weak ground to short stop Andrew Velazquez. Instead of going for the double play, which would have ended the inning, Velazquez threw home to try and get Moore out, as he ran home from third base.

The throw was good and would have gotten the runner out had catcher Max Stassi caught the ball. But it went out of his gauntlet, and Moore scored. Wrong, 4-2 Sailors. France was second and Rodriguez third as the ball bounced to the backstop.

“It just can’t get any worse here,” the Angels announcer told Bally Sports.

Incorrect. From there the misery continued.

The next batter for the Mariners was Jesse Winker, who grounded out to third base. Jose Rojas bobbed the ball briefly, eliminating any chance to throw Rodriguez out as he ran home from third base. 5-2 Sailors.

Seattle went on to win 6-2 after JP Crawford singled a few batters later.

Shohei Ohtani walks down the hill
Shohei Ohtani walks down the hill
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It was a miserable season in Anaheim, despite the team having a generational talent in Shohei Ohtani on the roster. Ohtani started the game as a pitcher and gave up two runs in six innings, but that wasn’t enough.

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