Rockies smash walk off Grand Slam on Angels crappy bullpen

The Angels went to Coors Field with an outside chance of claiming a playoff spot (only 4 games behind the Astros), as well a chance at the worst record in baseball (only 2 games away). It’s the story of a weird 2020 baseball season and team that can’t decide if they are good or not.

Your 30 seconds recap of this games looks like this: Jared Walsh is still hot, Justin Upton continues his resurgence, Mike Trout is still Trout, Shohei Ohtani still looks lost as the plate, the bullpen is still trash, and Griffin Canning did alright despite only throwing 59 strikes in 99 pitches.

Joe Maddon (or Billy Eppler) also still don’t believe position experience really matters and you can just pretty much play someone anywhere around the field. Can’t wait to see Simba play first base!! This is what happens when you aren’t familiar with your position:

Not a right fielder by trade, Taylor Ward also had this happen to him:

Not really Taylor Ward’s fault that time around – blame State Farm and stupid overhang at Coors Field.

As I had said, Canning was fine. He held the Rockies to just 3 runs and was one out shy of a quality start.

Jared Walsh, who has been swinging a hot bat, tied up the game with his 4th bomb of the year. Walsh has a .929 OPS on the season and over his last 8 games is batting .385.

This game entered the 9th all knotted up at 3 but enter Anthony BemBOOM with the go ahead blast.

Remember when Ty Buttrey was good? It’s not this year. He came in to save this game and blew his 4th save opportunity in 9 attempts. Can we stop pretending he can finish off close games?? It’s not just Buttrey – the Angels lead the league with 13 blown saves.

José Quijada followed Buttrey and he didn’t fare any better. After striking out Raimel Tapia, he walked Trevor Story to load the bases and then gave up grand slam to Charlie Blackmon

With this loss, the Angels are now 4.5 games out of a playoff spots and 2 GB from a 2021 first round draft pick.

(Cover Photo: Fabian Ardaya Twitter)

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Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

Fletcher leading off today. Yay!

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Ohtani .189 BA really hurts. If you factor in Adell the Angeks had 4 players in the lineup batting under .200.

Idahalo
Newbie
3 years ago

I was wondering where everyone at HH went. Here you are!

PatrickNaN
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Idahalo

Good to see you!

BushLeague
Member
3 years ago

I’m getting the feeling Pujols is either retiring or getting DFA’d after this season. Dude has barely played and I just saw they are working out Marsh at first base now.

nishiogawakun
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  BushLeague

That’s be such a dream come true!

aces666high
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  BushLeague

I recall a Pujols interview from a year or two ago where he said he was going to play out his contract because he was a man of his word or something along similar lines.

Dudes not gonna leave 30 mil on the table no matter how embarrassing he gets. Angels are gonna have to eat yet another stupid contract.

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago
Reply to  aces666high

He gets paid whether he plays or not. Only himself doing an announced retirement can change his being on the books. If released he gets paid. If injured he gets paid. If traded he gets paid except for $550,000 that the teaming receiving him gets. In other words by trading him to St Louis his money is still on the books. The only good thing that could happen is it opens a roster spot for someone.

BushLeague
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3 years ago

Really missing Calhoun’s defense this year

Commander_Nate
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3 years ago

Albert Pujols 660 Watch: Day Infinity.

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago

“Yup tat sur whas sumting las nite……gotta luv tat bullpen, but et shore do schink, sumbodi should clean et out.”

Now we need to just set our mind on playing the bench full time and that might let us catch those Pirates.

Walsh coming through is a nice surprise and in the last 14 games keep him in there as l think he has a future.

l would love to see Trouty raise his BA to .325 and get the HR count up over 20.

The Fletch coming back would be nice, but only is 100% healthy, as lingering ankle issues are not the best thing to have to deal with.

All aboard, now boarding on track number six, plenty of room in the drawing car. Yes sirree everyday there are plenty of you getting on board with saying goodbye to Billy Eppler, the builder of the cheap pitching staffs.

Now if we just only remove from the owner down……how about Vice Presidents down?

Ward now has himself 4 multi hit games in a row. Good for him.

You heard it here first, I miss Noodles, for real.

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago

Correction please, Ward achieved no success in his bid for 2 hits last night.

Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago

On the plus side, Trout at .303. Hope he goes nuts tomorrow

max
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max
3 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TfporTfpUA

Well that 5 game winning streak was fun, 1-3 since

Last edited 3 years ago by max
jcstein
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3 years ago

I’m so happy to see Walsh finally finding his swing. Ward doesn’t look bad offensively speaking, though I hope he finds his power stroke. Walsh definitely looks like he could be our 1B for the foreseeable future

nishiogawakun
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3 years ago

Now I’m full on rooting for the Mariners to catch the Astros

PatrickNaN
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3 years ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

I’m all in on rooting for bad things to happen to the Astros. The Mariners catching them is fine with me.

...Rev Halofan
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3 years ago

13 Blown Saves.

3 we came back and won.

If the 10 left were cut in half, we’d be in a playoff spot, with room to spare.

I’ve officially given up on Eppler.

This probably assures him job security for five more years.

Last edited 3 years ago by ...Rev Halofan
Fansince1971
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3 years ago
Reply to  ...Rev Halofan

I agree with this. I think Billy and his team have failed completely from a pitching standpoint- particularly the bullpen. He has to go. And I was one of his biggest supporters.

PatrickNaN
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3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

He’s only on year 5 of his 15 year rebuilding plan. Give it time. We need to draft a few more toolsy high school outfielders and we’ll be fine!

Charles Sutton
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Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  ...Rev Halofan

Trade for Matt Harvey! He’s a bullpen guy. We got this!

PatrickNaN
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

That’s a great idea, but I really wouldn’t give him more than 9 or 10 million this time around.

nishiogawakun
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  ...Rev Halofan

Ouch, I had not put that together but I think you have a point.

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago

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We just gave up a WOGS to Sharlito Copley 😣  😆 

Last edited 3 years ago by 2002heaven
LAAFan
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Well, at least it’s almost over.

PatrickNaN
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  LAAFan

Almost over as in the season or as in any hope of winning during Trout’s prime years?

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  LAAFan

Crazy we went from mid-Pandemic “please! any baseball to watch is good!” to “please make it stop!”

Brent
Super Member
3 years ago

Whoever pitcher that was pointing at the ball as if it was catchable was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on a diamond. No dude, that wasn’t catchable, you just gave up a walk off grand slam. Jesus…

AngelsMambaFan
Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

ahh brings bitter memories… I remember 2008 ALDS game 2 again the Red Sux.. K-Rod did the same thing pointing up when JD Drew hit the ball and of course it ended up over the wall… WELP

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago

I also remember when Hansel Robles used to good…..Last Season.
Maybe Covid 19 destroyed this team like it did the economy. 😣  😥  Mike Trout and Taylor Ward in the 3rd inning……WTF!!! The outfield defense this season has been deplorable.

Last edited 3 years ago by 2002heaven
John Henry Weitzel
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3 years ago

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This bullpen is disgusting. Pathetic.

UtahAlumnus
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Explain how you throw balls in a tie game bases loaded bottom 9th.

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  UtahAlumnus

By not being a good pitcher? When they brought in Quijada I told my son “ uh oh, this isn’t going to go well”

Christianhanson
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Fuck this team man
September