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