Twas the day before the Trade Deadline, and throughout the Big A, an assortment of players, pondered their stay. Hug watch was on, that was for certain. As Crashing the Pearly Gates peeked behind the curtain.
Jason Castro was scratched. A catcher by trade. Did this mean something, or was it a facade? Rumors encircled the Angels clubhouse. Who would catch, if Bemboom was out? Stassi was still injured it seems. Only one left would be Ward I believe?
Then at 1:35 Pacific Standard Time, the trade was announced, by a certain Mr. Bowtie. Jason Castro was gone, to the Padres it seems. A catcher is something they need. Gerardo Reyes was who the Angels got in return. It wasn’t much but a pitcher was earned.
The Canning Man Can
Griffin Canning was without his catcher. The game must go on and he took that to heart. Which meant throwing strikeouts. The Angels needed pitching? Well he would give them pitching!
A walk in the first, but that was no trouble as he threw out the baserunner. Then a 1-2-3 inning. And another. And another. Through 4 with no issue. But with one out in the 5th, he gave up a hit. With the Angels bats cold he knew he couldn’t fold.
62 pitches through 6 innings. Fast and efficient was what Canning was doing. But with no support from the offense, he knew he had to be perfect. As he reached the 7th with the score still 0-0, he gave up a home run. 1-0 Seattle.
But he kept it to just one mistake and was rewarded with a tie game. With so few pitches thrown, Maddon sent him back out in the 8th. He got through it with some trouble, as Dee Gordon almost got a double.
Maddon’s trust in canning paid off for today. 8 innings of work, 1 run, 4 hits, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. It was up to the offense to get him the win.
The Angels were stumped by the Mariners starter Justin Dunn today. They got one hit and 4 walks off of him in 6 innings. This is a not good pitcher. On a day after the Angels scored 16. Typical.
The Angels did score thanks to a Pujols double that passed George Brett and a Simba single. But he was thrown out at second after Pujols scored. There were baserunners in the 8th but LOBsters were eaten. Canning will not get a win today.
With Ty Buttrey now the pitcher of record, Albert Pujols was up for the Angels in the 9th. He still hasn’t tied Willie Mays. But he did get a single to lead off the inning. So Jo Adell grounded into a double play in his stead. Bemboom got on and all the way to 3rd. But Simba couldn’t drive him in.
José Quijada is who the Angels called upon to keep the Mariners at bay in the 10th. He couldn’t. Brian Goodwin didn’t help as he failed to charge a single in the outfield. Félix Peña was then called in to keep it at a 1 run deficit. The Angels best reliever stopped the bleeding and it ws up to the offense to do something.
Simba at 2nd and no outs. Luis Rengifo at the plate. Luis failed to get down a bunt and struck out. Shohei Ohtani was up next. Also struck out. Mariners walked Mike Trout to put two on for Anthony Rendon. Who popped up. Angels lost, 12-23 on the season.