Angels 4 White Sox 3
The Angels finally got to open the season at home (after opening in Oakland the last 4 years), but they had to do so against The White Sox who are considered by many to be a top 5 team in MLB. This clash didn’t end so well for the Angels who are now winless on opening day for 8 years running.
Lucas Giolio didn’t make it easy, striking out the side int he 1st inning. The White Sox then drew first blood when Luis Garcia doubled, stole third, and scored on a wild pitch by Dylan Bundy. For his part, Bundy had a solid start, allowing only 3 runs on 6 hits over 6 innings.
Before we get to the rest of the game, here are some 2021 firsts. Any surprise you?
Angels first baserunner of 2021: Mike Trout (walk in the 4th)
Angels first RBI of 2021: Justin Upton (whaat?? Tied up the game in the 4th)
Angels first Home Run of 2021: Max Stassi (also what??)
Sure, Justin Upton tied up the game in the 4th, but that didn’t last long thanks to Adam Eaton’s 2 run blast in the 5th. Stassi answered with his own smash in the bottom half of the inning, bringing the Angels back within 1 run.
If you tuned out of this game early, you missed A LOT, including this Gold Glove caliber play:
The super bad-ass top of the Angels lineup roared back into action int he 8th. Fletcher legged out an infield hit, Ohtani reached on a fielder’s choice, and Michael Nelson Trout knotted the game back up at 3 with a single down the left field line. A few batters later, the Machine added one more RBI to his lifetime tally while giving the Angels their first lead of the game.
New closer Raisel Iglesias made quick work of the White Sox in the 9th and: