Angels 2, Astros 4
You would have been forgiven for thinking, after 1.5 innings, that this game was going to be a shootout. After Griffin Canning’s season debut was postponed to Thursday, the matchup of Zack Greinke vs. Dylan Bundy was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel. It definitely did not start that way.
After Shohei Ohtani reached on a dribbler up the first base line, Mike Trout absolutely turned on a baseball and provided some serious sound:
things you love to see: it pic.twitter.com/pY3lBrGQ7g— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 6, 2021
ain’t no lie, Ohtani said bye bye bye pic.twitter.com/x4YVRQiK6t— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 6, 2021
After a 2019 and 2020 where it seems like Trout adopted some of the extreme launch-angle philosophy
where he turned into just your average great hitter, through the early part of 2021, it seems that line drive, through-the-ball Mike Trout is back. While his gaudy home runs totals of the past two years have been impressive, I fully expect a line-drive Trout to both be able to crush home runs and keep the high batting average and on-base percentage that we’ve been accustomed to seeing. Get ready for this new version of Trout.
The Astros responded in the second. After Bundy struck out three in the first, sandwiched around an error, Kyle Tucker and Aledmys Díaz tagged him for solo shots in the second. It was all the stingy Bundy would allow. Despite being BABIP’d in the sixth, Bundy stranded runners on second and third with one out, getting out of the inning with a pop up and a beautiful 95 mph fastball that painted the outside corner. He polished off his quality start, going six strong innings, allowing four hits (two of them home runs, the other two dinkers), striking out ten and walking two.
(By the way, extend Dylan Bundy!)
At the same time, Greinke was matching Bundy stride-for-stride. After his rough first inning (which wasn’t really rough, just Mike Trout exists), he settled down, getting through seven innings allowing just the two runs. Hitting just 96 pitches, Greinke seemed like he could have gone longer, had this not been the second start of his year.
The bullpen held up until the ninth inning. Raisel Iglesias, who has had a few shaky outings, left a pitch up to Carlos Correa, and the Houston shortstop punched it out over the yellow line.
CORREA WITH THE 2-RUN HOMER TO TAKE THE LEAD!!!! pic.twitter.com/7VXDEd3XlI— Apollo Media (@ApolloHOU) April 6, 2021
Not so fun fact: Angel Hernandez was behind the plate today.
Angel Hernandez and Alex Bregman exchanged some words after that strikeout. Bregman had a point. Hernandez rung him up on pitch 6 pic.twitter.com/dsmnz9PMs9— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) April 6, 2021
SMH. 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/8qN48yYoW9— Apollo Media (@ApolloHOU) April 6, 2021
Sure, Angel Hernandez. Pitch 3 looks like a strike. pic.twitter.com/QOxge8BLvj— Jessica DeLine (@abaseballchick) April 6, 2021
José Rojas made his Major League debut. He looked a bit jittery in the field, bobbling a baseball and overcooking a few throws. He was able to draw a walk, so he did manage to reach base safely.
Onto Florida to face the Blue Jays.