Angels 7, Diamondbacks 3
For the third time in this three-game series, the Angel offense did its job. Today was the first time the pitching did its as well.
Griffin Canning continued his mini-streak of solid performances and earned his first win of the season (yes, he probably only has one more start to go). Canning, despite his seemingly rocky sophomore campaign, has not allowed more than four runs in any of his starts, giving the chance a theoretical chance to win every game. In the Thursday matinee, he went five strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits, striking out seven and walking two. As Fabian Ardaya says, had Andrelton Simmons not made two errors on one play and elongated the fifth, Canning would’ve had a chance to go for the quality start.
Strong outing for Griffin Canning, who likely would’ve had a chance at taking the mound for the sixth if not for Andrelton Simmons committing two errors on the same play. Weird sequence.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) September 17, 2020
6-2, Angels B5.
Mike Mayers worked two strong innings in relief. He is now third in the league in reliever fWAR. Go figure.
Only two relievers (Liam Hendriks and Devin Williams) have a higher fWAR than Mike Mayers (0.9). He has a 1.96 ERA, 33 strikeouts and six walks in 23 innings. #Angels https://t.co/A66QbHWbhy pic.twitter.com/xymCj8UtY1— Brent Maguire (@bmags94) September 17, 2020
The offense continued its torrid streak. Anthony Rendon homered:
That baseball said: 👁👄👁 pic.twitter.com/GwLQlmCyqX— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 17, 2020
Jared Walsh is setting records:
#Angels Jared Walsh has now had an RBI and scored a run in nine consecutive games, which is the longest streak in Major League history by a rookie since the RBI became an official stat in 1920.— Matt Birch (@MattBirch12) September 17, 2020
Albert Pujols is running (wait, what?):
Mama, there goes that man! pic.twitter.com/wnmfRml8ZA— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 17, 2020
And the team hit three sacrifice flies in the first three innings and ended up scoring six in the frames, all that was needed.
After the dust settled, it was a much-needed victory for the Angels, who must finish the season 10-0 to avoid a losing season.
(Picture screenshot from Fox Sports Go)