The Angels entered Thursday’s day game with an 0-5 record at the new Rangers ballpark in Arlington this season. With teams in front of them scuffling, LA would need a solid performance from staff ace Dylan Bundy to “get back” into the postseason race. With Oakland wrapping up a neat win over Houston in just over two hours, the Angels could move to within four games of a postseason berth with a victory.
Bundy delivered. With the Rangers susceptible to chase, Bundy had a field day, carving up the lineup. He got swings and misses out of the zone and bamboozled hitters into taking called third strikes inside the zone. After a first inning run, Bundy allowed nothing but zeroes until the eighth inning. He finished with 7.1 innings, allowing four hits and two runs, walking one and striking out twelve.
Dylan Bundy’s final line:— Brent Maguire (@bmags94) September 10, 2020
7 1/3 innings
21 swinging strikes #Angels
The Angels attempted to do the whole “aggressive baserunning to a fault” thing. Taylor Ward stole a base (that he should have been caught stealing), Matt Thaiss drifted well off first base and was doubled up on a Mike Trout flyout, and Jared Walsh was out at home on the contact play.
No matter. All the Angels needed to do was play some good ol’ fashioned long ball.
425 ft for number 2️⃣5️⃣ 💪 pic.twitter.com/lCIXmp8gkn— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 10, 2020
This is giving us Mike Trout at Topgolf vibes 🏌️ pic.twitter.com/6ZDA0BPYYO— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 10, 2020
Andrelton Simmons doubled in an extra run and Max Stassi sacrificed in another, and the Angels were in business.
In my mind, the Angels should have a few more wins against the Rangers and a few fewer wins against the A’s, so this whole thing evens out. Just keep winning, I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Go enjoy football season, everyone!
(Screenshot from Fox Sports West)