Every run the Angels have ever surrendered can probably be credited to Yermín Mercedes in some way. Such obstacles as “coming up to bat,” “playing in the game,” and “being born yet” are minor inconveniences for the king of the stick. But no, seriously.
The Heaney game was one thing. The pitching was just not on point yesterday for the Angels, and nobody would be altogether shocked by a lucky rook mashing off a collective bad, demoralizing night. But Alex Cobb was not pitching poorly. In fact, he looked very good. Seven strikeouts and a walk in 6 innings pitched and holding 8/9 of the insane White Sox offense to 5 hits during that time frame! And in frames when a certain designated hitter wasn’t batting, he allowed 0 runs!
But that certain hitter did bat, and he spoiled what was a legitimate gem single-handedly. Yermín Mercedes smacked a home run. He crushed a double. He easily singled. The kid played a key role in every single run scored by the White Sox, and there was no reason to believe he would ever be out again before Tony Watson retired the deity and made the impossible possible.
The Angels didn’t help matters by really struggling to make it to string together hits or walks, but things were looking pretty up for a bit after Gold Glove center fielder Luis Robert looked up and made the White Sox’ 5th or 6th or 9th error of the series in grand fashion.
Anthony Rendon accidentally drove in a run thanks to that classic Fletcher hustle we all know and love, and Jared Walsh drove him in with the only hit with runners in scoring position the team would have– until the Angels came through in the bottom of the 8th.
Jared Walsh tied it up with a liner and Justin Upton ruined Mercedes’ fun in the best possible way.
Guerra took the mound again in the 9th and recorded his first save of the season with Raisel resting after pitching twice in a row. Light that baby up with comeback after comeback! We’ll take it even if it takes giving up 100 consecutive hits to a youngster.