Giants 6 Angels 7 (!!!)
Sometimes in life, you find yourself in a rut. You feel like everything’s going wrong. You get let go from your job. Your spouse leaves you. Your favorite grocery store is out of your favorite confections, so you turn to your drink of choice in a certain refrigerated section. You do it, hoping to find some sort of answer. A glorious salvation to your woes and your troubles. A restart! So you go home, and you turn on your television to your favorite baseball team. You need to get away from your life, to escape. From all the Pain. That sounds good, right?
For most of the game, it appeared that was the wrong choice…unless? The Angels, for all their sportacular whimsy, found themselves in the same metaphorical cataclysm.
Tonight, the goal was to press the restart button. To end the four-game losing streak, to beat down on a weak visitor to Angel Stadium than the mighty Dodgers and reign supreme, at least for a series. The Angels, unfortunately, managed to inflict more pain on their tear-stained fans’ faces–and still win.
Griffin Canning, allowing oodles of hard contact and struggling to locate, hit Donovan Solano and followed it up with a poorly placed fastball to Brandon Belt.
Brandon Belt – San Francisco Giants (3) pic.twitter.com/F3mq14b665— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) August 18, 2020
Down 2-0, he surrendered a triple to Evan Longoria, who may have had a HR had he hustled out of the batter’s box.
Mike Trout answered later in the inning, with this opposite-field blast which tied up the score at 2. Though Fernando Tatis Jr. homered twice tonight, Trout was the first player to reach double-digit dingers this season.
Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels (10) pic.twitter.com/zU68qD6ioG— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) August 18, 2020
Between this and the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, there was a lot of Pain To Be Suffered. Despite multi-hit games from David Fletcher (who extended his hitting streak to a league-leading 16 games!), Anthony Rendon, and Albert Pujols, it looked like the Angels would come up a run short. Canning, Hoby Milner, and Noe Ramirez combined to allow four additional runs, with budding star Mike Yastrzemski drilling a baseball out of the reach of Albert Pujols in the sixth for the tying and go-ahead run.
The Angels’ offense pieced together runs, but it wasn’t until Angel farmhand Trevor Gott hung a curveball that fans could drive home safely.
Tommy La Stella – Los Angeles Angels (2) pic.twitter.com/bgCVF1Dpm7— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) August 18, 2020
The Angels (8-15) will hope to do it all again tomorrow and continue to dig out of that massive hole. For fans, pain is temporarily over until the next game. But hey, they can’t lose on Gubie Tuesdays, right? #LTBU
Bottomless pit? The Angels were in my stomach?
Celebrate the win!
Loving Trout’s Dad Power, but when was the last time he had more HR than walks?
Is he getting squeezed, not as focused at the plate, selling out for the long ball?
I have seen the footage of him getting angry at a call (unlike Trout), so maybe there is a new strikezone out there this year (like it seems there is more pop on the ball, many more HRs, etc)?
Rendon hitting behind him?
Plus I think he’s coming to the plate a lot more frequently with 1B occupied.
He has the most called strikeouts in mlb. I think it is because the umps have sucked and the inconsistent strikezone has been bothering him.
I was like….
Giants and losing games in Anaheim, name a more iconic duo.
dodgers and losing World Series?
The lineup is good! Dylan Bundy is good! That is a list of all the things that are good.
at this point i’d rather see Suarez here than Canning The Regressor
That is the Angels’ current rotation sorted by lowest ERA. Not so coincidentally, the list remains the same when sorted by lowest BB/9. Heaney and Canning have got to stop giving up free bags.
that is probably just a coincidence. stating that the goal is to reduce walks as a general rule is probably dangerous
This one’s for ending the 4-game losing streak!!
This video makes me wonder if a priest needs to be called.
It’s so creepy – I just keep watching it. I hate it but am fascinated by it. Like going to the circus and seeing the wierd stuff. For some reason I’m picturing that as Miami and at a Marlins game. I have no clue why.
It did happen at a Marlins game, actually. Lol.
For once, staying up paid off. 😊
Lol, had that summary all written up didn’t you? Then the walk off. Nice save, kind of.
I did, pretty rude of them to win it if I say so myself. :/
Go Utes btw
YaHoo Baby, a walk off ninth inning HR, does it get any better!
Only if Pujols retires and Upton is released
WOW, what an unexpected win!! Okay, back to finishing up this postgame. 🙂
Funny stuff during Shark week too.
Drive Home Safely!
Or Get Off the Couch Carefully!
I want so bad for Vic to say “roll into bed safely”
Vic doesn’t Cater to East Coast fans.
It’s a Walkoff!!! I’m not ready to sleep.
Well, for me, Victor shouting WOKE ME UP from a sound slumber.
Time to dust it off