Diamondbacks 9, Angels 8
Fan favorite former Angel Kole Calhoun suited up tonight, and it wasn’t for the Angels. Inked to a 2-year, $16 million deal by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the offseason, Calhoun wouldn’t take it easy on his former team tonight.
Clearly, no love was lost between the two as Trout and Calhoun had some pregame hijinks.
"Do you miss your buddy?" Mike Trout asks as he crashes Kole Calhoun's Zoom interview. pic.twitter.com/IOZS7f13po— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) September 15, 2020
First, a smasher off the starter Julio Teheran. This one looked familiar.
Kole Calhoun homered in his first AB back at Angel Stadium as a visiting player. Wow. pic.twitter.com/EqxrGyKCyL— Brent Maguire (@bmags94) September 16, 2020
Second, an encore. This one off lefty Hoby Milner.
Kole Calhoun – Arizona Diamondbacks (11) pic.twitter.com/qvGdStJB7z— MLB HR Videos (@MLBHRVideos) September 16, 2020
By the end, the Red Baron had driven in a whopping five (!!) runs, lifting the Diamondbacks to a massive 7-0 lead, buoyed by solo shots from Daulton Varsho and Carson Kelly.
Surprisingly, that lead was not insurmountable, and the Angels clawed all the way back to even up the score at 8-8 thanks to an all-around hitfest led by Jared Walsh’s power surge.
In addition to a #dinger, Walsh also chipped in two doubles and was robbed of a bloop single in the 8th by a terrific fielding play by Dbacks 3b David Peralta. A wonderful story, Walsh was a deep-sleeper drafted in the 39th round in 2015 and now has a 1.087 OPS, one of the highest such marks of any player in the league (min. 50 PA).
Unfortunately, Walsh’s heroics weren’t enough to lift the Angels tonight, as Matt Andriese surrendered the go-ahead home run to David Peralta to break a tie in late innings, and that proved to be the difference.
We will win some games.
Just not tonight.