Final Score in Anaheim: White Sox 12, Angels 8 …
Andrew Heaney tossed two dominant innings – and maybe his future lies in the bullpen – as he allowed four runs on a grand slam in the third inning and then was charged with three runs in the fourth inning, leaving then before getting an out.
Down 7-1 the Angels fought back, a three-run homerun to dead CF by Albert Pujols helping the cause greatly, some cruddy D by the Pale Hose of perhaps of even greater importance.
But the story of the game was the first appearance and glimmer of brilliance displayed by Angels rookie pitcher Chris Rodriguez. His 2.0 IP of relief included 3 Ks, a walk and two hits surrendered. Bailed out by Mike Mayers with two runners on, C-Rod allowed no runs in his major league debut. The team’s top pitching prospect showed all the reasons as to why the team should stretch out his arm from the pen with an eye on dropping him unto the rotation sooner rather than later.
The tying and go-ahead runs got on late but – nah – and then the bullpen blew a hole in what was a tight, even hopeful one-run ballgame. If they shut ’em out in the top of the disastrous ninth, Ohtani hits a walk-off HR in the bottom of the frame (assuming all plays go the same way, fine, debate me all night). Whatever, the gravy here was C-Rod getting on the mound and perhaps seeing the final IBB of Albert Pujols’ career. Jose Rojas also made his big league debut too with an out in the ninth as a pinch hitter. Get the jitters out of the way Joe Maddon. Five Angels in all made their team debut tonight but… ehhhhh, whaddevah….