In Griffin Canning’s first start of the season, he had 7 strikeouts, gave up 4 hits, 2 walks, 3 earned runs, 1 home run, and got himself a loss in 4.2 innings. He threw 82 pitches. Joe Maddon pulled him with 2 outs in the 5th, which is something he likes to do for some reason.
Felix Peña relieved Canning in the 5th and got 4 straight strikeouts in his 2.1 innings of work. Cam Bedrosian followed up pitching the 8th with 1 strikeout, 1 hit, and 1 walk.
Pitchers gave up only 3 runs today, but with an offense that failed to score at all, it was too much to overcome. 2.75 runs scored per game will not get wins. We need Rendon back NOW.
David Fletcher continued to be hot, leading off the game with a double followed by a walk in the 3rd, 8 straight PA reaching base. 2-4 overall.
Tommy La Stella got 2 hits, including a double in an inning where the Angels failed to score per usual, somewhat comically.
Justin Upton continued to show why he is a Hot Pocket, getting a hit and getting thrown out between 3rd and home in the same inning. Hot and cold in one player at the same time, just incredible.
Trout and Ohtani failed to get any hits, Simba got a GIDP and injured himself running to 1B, rolling his left ankle.
Offensively, with 11 LOB, the Angels once again love to eat LOBsters. 1-8 with RISP will do that.
A development that was seen today was that more players were wearing masks in the field and on the base-paths as well as more strict in the dugout compliance. How this impacts player performance we do not know yet.
With the season looking to be in danger with the viral outbreak with the Marlins, every game that does get played matters even more. So for the Angels to lose today and be 1-3 to start the season is a big deal, especially with how good of a team the A’s are.
Angels home opener vs. the Mariners tomorrow. A must win series.