The Angels walk off against the Mariners for the second straight night

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On Tuesday night the Angels won on a walkoff homer against the Mariners. On Wednesday night they walked off once again. This time when Johnny Giavotella hit an opposite-field double to right with one on and one out in the bootom of the ninth, scoring Erick Aybar from first.

 

Aybar had reached on a botched sacrifice following a four-pitch walk to David Freese. Either way, you put a leadoff runner on base in tie game in the ninth and you’re gonna have a bad time.

Speaking of bad times: this was the Mariners’ fifth one-run loss in seven games. One of my Twitter correspondents puts it thusly:

Maybe not that bad. Not even as bad as that Nicolas Cage movie about snuff films. But not good, man. Not good.

Oh, and here’s Nic Cage watching early-season Mariners film:

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Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.