Julio Teheran made his Angels debut tonight with a 60 pitch limit. When I saw that number would be his pitch limit, my comment in the writer chat was: “60 pitches for Teheran? Ugh. This could be a scary night.” The reason, of course, is the Angels Bullpen has been flat out awful this season.
For his part, Teheran pitched pretty well, but Joe Maddon pulled him in the 3rd inning at 52 pitches with 2 outs and runners at the corners. Ryan Buchter was the first man up because Maddon would rather play to the lefty/lefty matchup than let Teheran try to finish the inning. The result was predictable and it took Buchter only 3 pitches to give up a 3 run homer to Kyle Seager.
The Angels opened up the scoring with a Max Stassi home run in the 3rd inning. That smash was his 3rd of the season, and at the time made him the club HR leader (along with Albert Pujols).
David Fletcher hit his 2nd home run in the 6th and Mike Trout had to answer back. Who hasn’t heard all the talk that David Fletcher just might give Trout a run for the AL MVP award?? Not anymore folks. Mike Trout followed Fletcher with a home run of his own and later smashed a 3 run homer in the 8th, pulling the Angels within 1 run. This was Trout’s 27th home run at T Mobile Park and his 19th multi homer game of his career.
Justin Upton was 0 for 3 with 3 Ks and Anthony Rendon continues to struggle with a .148 AVG.
Losing a 1 run game when you have an impressive show of firepower is pretty depressing. The Angels need to figure out their bullpen – and fast.