By Pete Zarustica
In these days of “Moneyball” in which statistics are worshipped, here’s one to pay attention to: RISP.
That’s how a team batted with Runners in Scoring Position. The Los Angeles Angels got three home runs on Monday – two from Mike Trout and one from Albert Pujols – but lost 5-3 to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Trout’s blasts put him back into a tie for the major league lead with 21 homers, and Pujols collected his 624th career four-bagger, but they were all solo shots and that wasn’t enough for the win. The Angels were 0-for 5 with men on second or third base.
The loss dropped the Angels to 37-30, still in third in the American League West, but now 5.5 games back of the first place M’s.
Andrew Heaney (now 3-5) had a tough outing, lasting just three-plus innings. He yielded seven hits and five earned runs. He was touched for three home runs, including two by Nelson Cruz.
“Giving up homers never wins you games,” Heaney said. “Not like that. Not that early, not that often.”
After two losses, the Halos will try to salvage a game out of the series on Tuesday by sending Jaime Barria (5-1) to the mound. The Mariners will counter with Mike Leake (6-3).
NOTE:The news about Shohei Ohtani’s pitching arm injury may not be as bad as it initially appeared. His ligament strain may not require surgery; a plasma injection may do the trick, but in any case, he’ll be out for at least a month.