The LA Angels entered play on Sunday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners looking for their first 5-2 start to a season since 2007. They entered the bottom of the ninth inning trailing 9-3, looking as if that feat was not going to be reached.
What happened next for the Angels hadn’t happened since August 29, 1986…
Albert Pujols led off the inning with his 592nd home run of his career, a solo shot making it 9-4. A single and two walks later, the bases were loaded. Danny Espinosa brought in a run with an RBI ground out, 9-5. Martin Maldonado then struck out, recording the second out of the inning.
Yunel Escobar then doubled in a pair of runs making it a two run ballgame, 9-7. Two walks later, the bases were loaded with two outs for Albert Pujols. The veteran slugger poked a game tying two run single, his second and third RBI’s of the inning.
With the winning run now on third base Cliff Pennington stepped to the plate. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Pennington smacked a walk-off single to deep right field driving in Mike Trout and completing the miraculous seven run comeback.
The Halos scored a total of seven runs on five hits and four walks in the ninth. That was the first time since the aforementioned August 29, 1986 that the Angels scored at least seven runs in the ninth to win a one-run game.
Postgame, Pennington told reporters of the that it is “huge… It gives you a lot of momentum. Two or three weeks from now, when we’re downy three or four runs in the seventh, it’s a feeling that you’ve had before, where you’ve come back and won that game.”
Video of the comeback can be seen at this link : http://m.mlb.com/video/v1267810983/sealaa-angels-sevenrun-9th-sinks-the-mariners/?affiliateId=clubMEGAMENU