Monday’s game was certifiably drunk.
After a brutal finish to the road trip where they were swept by the Texas Rangers, the Angels had another divisional matchup against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim. Yes, those same Athletics who just reeled off nine straight wins, including a memorable Sunday game against the Houston Astros that included a benches-clearing brawl.
Back in the comfy confines of Angel Stadium, the Angels offense pounded out four consecutive hits in the bottom of the first inning. With a 3-0 lead, the Angels gave themselves both the lead and an early cushion. Anthony Rendon’s second home run with the Angels, a two-run shot, snapped his hitless streak of 28 at-bats.
Their early lead lasted about all of 20 minutes. Making his second start with the Angels, Julio Teherán quickly gave up the lead. After a Matt Chapman solo home run, Oakland tacked on two more runs to tie the game. Chapman homered again the following inning. The very next inning, Chapman cleared the bases with a triple. A once-promising start quickly became a 9-4 deficit and the Angels were looking at yet another defeat.
Just when all appeared to be lost, the Angels started chipping away. In the fourth inning, Mike Trout clobbered a 428-foot two-run blast to bring the Angels within three runs. Since returning from paternity leave on August 4th, Trout flashed some elite dad strength with his fifth home run in a 7-game stretch.
Two innings later, a 110.4 mph missile left Shohei Ohtani’s bat and landed in the right-field pavilion, tying the game up at nine runs apiece. For the first time this season, Trout, Rendon, and Ohtani homered in the same game. Add in Jo Adell’s first-multi hit game (both were hit 106+ mph) and you had a glimpse of what this offense could do when they were clicking.
Mike Trout, once again, proved he was beyond this world in the eighth inning. Former Angel Yusmeiro Petit ‘s two-strike curveball met Trout’s bat and left the bat at 109.4 mph, traveling 426 feet to give the Angels the 10-9 lead. Trout now had an absurd six home runs in a 7-game stretch. What was once a 3-0 lead and then a 9-4 deficit, now became a 10-9 lead. Like I said, this game was drunk.
Ty Buttrey shut it down in the ninth, securing a much-needed win for the Angels. The disastrous previous series was met with a spectacularly fun and entertaining win for the Angels.
*Cover Photo: USA TODAY Sports*
Just when you think 2020 has sucked the fun out of everything…this game happened. We’re back baby!
[holding breath and bracing for more disappointment]
Yes……..Angel’s fans can thank me for giving you David Fletcher.
Turning around the season?
Celebrate the win!
Mike Trout is the Mike Troutiest Mike Trout to ever Mike Trout.
Thank you for coming to my Mike Trout talk.
Rendon and Ohtani both looked great at the plate tonight. They’ll both gotta be turning it around.
Mike Trout’s swing is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Am in awe everytime he connects
I guess angels offense finally had enough of angels pitching.
Game like this almost brings back the memories of when you just knew they were gonna come back and they did. I’m sure it’s just a mirage but I’ll take it dammit.
Best player in baseball period, Justin…whoops I mean Mike Trout!!!
Sorry, got my proclamation lists mixed up.
Welcome to CtPG!
So YOU were telinauthor?
Yeah I think I said that in my into article
Mark it on your calendars, folks. August 10th, the day the Angels started their march to the playoffs. Only half kidding.
Mike Trout. Mike freaking Trout.
His sheer talent and imposing will on a baseball game make me want to examine every single slump he’s ever been in. The slumps have to be due to injury. There’s no other explanation.
When healthy l have never seen better or better for such a long time.
If only he’d start stealing again.
Trout now 2nd in the AL in OPS (behind JaCoby Jones), 2nd in HRs (behind Judge). Probably right there in WAR.
You noticed the Goody switch, good eyes to notice that.
hey…Fangraphs hasn’t updated but it’s interesting. Going into the game Fletch led the team in WAR! Rendon had a terrible minus batting WAR but such a good fielding one that his total was on the positive side. Noodles was the opposite.
Here ya go, Eric. Trout checks in at 8th in fWAR ranks among position players, juuust ahead of Fletch.
thanks! It’s so beautiful, baby!
That bum Chapman does have more than him, though. 😉
I was thinking that I was going to start watching the Padres more, but then I realized that I would be missing Mike Trout. So here I am!
This is a good line up, l really like Trouty batting third. Get on base in front of him and KaBoom.
Mike Trout vs Matt Chapman showdown was fun tonight, but we know who won. Incredible displays of offense!!
that game was WILD and this is all of us
now *that* reminds me of college
ceeee-le-brate good times, come on!
I doubt she remembers college.
And she wonders why EVERY MAN she dates shits on her