The Angels welcomed the most despised team in baseball to the Big A to conclude their first homestand of the season and were defeated handily. That team I’m referring to, of course, would refer to the evening’s umpiring crew. Ted Barrett, Angel Hernandez, Stu Scheurwater, and Jose Navas combined to attempt* to gift the Astros a free win in grand fashion by missing call after call, with an assist credited to New York.
Here is just one such call:
Here is another:
The man on the bump did the Angels no favors either. Jose Quintana was hit early and often, giving Houston a 3-0 lead mere minutes after the game had begun. He struggled to command the zone as Cheaters 1, 2, 3, and 4 strung together singles and one of those people with little integrity scored on yet another dropped 3rd strike. He would settle down for a bit, but the damage had been done.
His Houston counterpart, meanwhile, was cruising for a while. The Halos were held hitless through 3 innings, and the Astros put up their 4th consecutive run in the top of the 4th before Christ Rodriguez himself showed up on the day after Easter for some reason to mow down the Astros. He was absolutely filthy, surrendering a lone run on the botched play at the plate by the villainous crew in blue. Just look at this.
In the bottom of the 4th, the Angels would chip away at the deficit. It all started with an absolute moonshot by the Fish King himself.
They would tack on 2 more over the ensuing two innings in order to bring the team within 1 (and eventually 2 after the Maldonado safe call that was totally an easily reversible call).
But the 8th inning was when everyone knew it was over. Pujols and Iglesias singled, Ohtani was hit by a pitch after pinch hitting for Kurt Suzuki, and then Dexter Fowler of all people stepped up and singled to score a run with no outs. There was no way we were going to lose this game at that point.
Fletcher grounded into a force out, and then Jared Walsh did Jared Walsh things.
Another run would score on an Anthony Rendon sacrifice fly.
It didn’t matter when Mayers surrendered a solo shot in the 9th because the game was sealed in our hearts. The Angels are now tied for the lead in the division, and they didn’t even need to cheat to do it. This team is looking destined for greatness! Stick around guys!