Bullpens are the kickers of Baseball. Everyone is convinced theirs is the worst and it is the aspect that is the most scrutinized part of the game. Games can be won or lost on bullpens like any other aspect of the game but since they (usually) come in late their impact is magnified significantly.
The Angels have a bad bullpen so far this season, even though last year it was one of the few strengths of the team. Which is why bullpens are so disliked, year to year inconsistency brings forth frustration and uncertainty. Today the Angels bullpen gave up 2 runs, while the Dodgers gave up none. That was the difference in the game.
Andrew Heaney had a mixed day, just like his career. Giving up 4 runs, mostly due to waking too many, yet he outdueled Walker Buehler. With 4 walks, 5 hits, and 4 runs given up but 6 strikeouts, it was certainly mixed. But, Heaney pitched 5.2 innings and left with a 5-4 lead.
The offense did decent scoring 5 runs. Mike Trout hit a first inning home run, his 9th of the season. Anthony Rendon hit a two out ground rule double to drive in Tommy La Stella, who himself scored twice.
In the other aspects of the game, David Fletcher made a great defensive play. Meanwhile Mike Trout stole a base. There were no big gaffs for the defensive this time while the Dodgers made one that led to a run. The Dodgers also stole multiple bases and the Angels have given up the most in baseball.
Angels are 7-14 on the season. Final game vs the Dodgers in Anaheim tomorrow at 1 PM. Julio Teheran vs Dustin May. It is a must win game.