The Astros held on to win a squeaker over the Diamondbacks tonight. Could the Angels do their part and maintain pace with the Astros? Well, The first batter of the game, Leodys Tavares, homered off Andrew Heaney to make it 1-0. Nick Solak got a single and Roughned Odor drove him home with another home run to make it 3-0 in the first. It looked like the Angels were headed off to a pretty bad start. In the bottom of the second inning Shohei Ohtani homered on his first at bat back after regrouping and the Angels were only down 3-1.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Shohei Ohtani hit a single to center to continue his hot hitting. Taylor Ward promptly doubled to right center to score him. It was now 3-2 Rangers. Ward was able to advance to third on a wild pitch by the time David Fletcher came to bat. Fletcher singled to tie the game. Walsh singled to bring up Mike Trout with two on and two outs. Mike Trout then struck out to end the inning.
Concerning Andrew Heaney
Andrew Heaney was not having his best day. In the top of the fourth inning he hit Willie Calhoun. He then sent him on over to second base with a wild pitch. Luckily, the Rangers were not able to drive him in. He made it into the seventh inning but the score was tied so he could not get the win.
Just where was this game going to go? In the top of the seventh inning Leody Taveras singled to left center to drive Heaney from the game. It was all up to the bullpen. Uh Oh! But they brought in Noe Ramirez. “He’s often effective. Let’s see how that goes,” I mused. As it turned out, Taveras stole second base on Ramirez but Noe got Nick Solak to fly out and end the inning.
The Angels did nothing in the bottom of the seventh inning and this game was turning into a real nail biter. They brought in Mike Mayers to pitch the top of the eighth inning and he retired the side.
About David Fletcher
Not only did Fletcher drive in the tying run in the bottom of the fifth, he scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the eighth. Fletcher walhed, took third base when Walsh reached on a fielding error, and scored on a Mike Trout single. Hit ’em with the small ball! It was 4 to 3 Angels and Fletcher was in the thick of it.
Mike Mayers retired the Rangers in order in the ninth inning to get the win. Just another Angels victory.