The Los Angeles Angels got a huge victory on Thursday night.
They beat the Seattle Mariners (a division rival) 4-1 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
“The Angels (30-35) won their first road game since May 15,” Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher tweeted.
#Angels 4, Mariners 1
Trout 2 HR (18), 4 RBI
Ohtani, P: 6 IP, 0 R
Ohtani, DH: 2-4
Iglesias: 1-2-3 9th, 3 Ks.
The Angels (30-35) won their first road game since May 15.
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) June 17, 2022
It’s a bit hard to believe, but the Angels spent more than a month without winning a game on the road.
They finally put an end to that streak on Thursday.
But before last night’s victory, they were 2-18 in their last 20 games and had given up too much room in the AL West standings.
Will the Angels be able to bounce back and re-take a postseason spot eventually?
The Angels Still Have A Chance
The expanded playoff format gives them a fighting chance, but they need to starting piling together some wins in a hurry.
In fact, Trout’s two home runs and Ohtani’s six scoreless innings were the deciding factors in the game against the Mariners.
For all the difficulties they have had to endure recently (they did lose 14 straight contests between May and June), the Angels are 30-35, one game behind the second-place Texas Rangers.
Things could certainly be worse, but one can’t help but imagine where would the Angels be if they had been able to keep up their excellent early-season play.
If they want to make it to the postseason, they now have to win a lot of games and starting monitoring teams in other divisions.
The good thing is that the season is still young and they have plenty of time to make a turnaround.