Today is Arte Moreno’s Birthday! As is Mark Gubicza’s. And my Dad’s. They would want a win with their cake but alas that didn’t happen. Just sour grapes all around.
Patrick Sandoval has yet to get his first win as an Angel. He was up versus Clayton Kershaw today, and he needed to be perfect. He wasn’t. The leadoff man got on base nearly every inning and while he did make it to the 7th inning, giving up a home run to Bellinger isn’t a winning formula.
Not that the defense helped. Bobbles plagued the infield all game, and runs scored due to errors and failed double play opportunities. Sandoval left the game down 4-1 with the only offense being two walks and a home run by Anthony Rendon vs. Kershaw.
Jacob Barnes relived Sandoval in the 7th after the latter gave up a leadoff double. the thirty year old relief pitcher did little reliving as a run scored anyway. Giving Kershaw a 5-1 lead with so few pitches into the 7th is just too easy for him.
Yet the Angels decided to make it even easier for Kershaw as the bullpen gave up even more runs in the 8th. Bellinger learning to hit Angels lefty pitching is not a good sign as he went yard twice in the game.
In fact it was too easy. Kershaw ended up getting pulled and didn’t pitch in the 8th despite not even reaching 90 pitches. The 7-1 lead was handed to one of the best bullpens in MLB. To the Angels credit they did score 3 off them.
But hey, at least it wasn’t a shutout. Angels face the Dodgers two more times this weekend with Andrew Heaney facing Walker Buehler tomorrow and Julio Teheran vs. Dustin May on Sunday.