Angels 7 Blue Jays 1
We’re just over a week into the 2021 Major League Baseball season, and coming into tonight, it has seemed like following these Angels has been akin to riding an exhilarating, but bumpy, rollercoaster. That next smooth stretch of relaxation will be welcome.
The Angels got that solid game Friday night. While the opener, David Phelps, set down the Angels in the first without scoring, the Halos feasted on bulk man T. J. Zeuch. At first, it was a bit of fortune. Dribblers from Jared Walsh and Max Stassi respectively had expected batting averages of .190 and .150, yet both reached. Dexter Fowler earned a walk, and Bo Bichette bobbled David Fletcher’s grounder, enabling a run to cross. Fowler was injured on the scary-looking play, but the team later reported he left the game with a left knee contusion.
With the bases still loaded, Shohei Ohtani flipped one out to right—only his strength carried the baseball halfway up the wall:
Shohei Ohtani was fooled into nearly hitting a grand slam pic.twitter.com/XnyIghObpU— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 9, 2021
The game was put to bed when Ohtani and Jared Walsh went deep two batters apart in the fifth.
You can always tell Shohei Ohtani got one when he hops out of the box pic.twitter.com/ODLtCrRt7M— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 10, 2021
Meanwhile, Andrew Heaney cruised his way to 6 shutout innings with 9 Ks and 3 hits allowed on 93 pitches. This was prime Heaney tonight.
Shohei Ohtani finished the night with a double, homer, and 4 RBIs. Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Jared Walsh all had a pair of hits, and Justin Upton? Well, he just missed the golden sombrero, striking out 3 times.
Alex Claudio and Chris Rodriguez blew the shutout in the 8th. Claudio left the game with runners on 2nd and 3rd and a wild pitch by Rodriguez put the Jays on the board. Rodriguez finished off the 8th AND 9th, putting this game to bed for the Angels.
By the way, look for Chris Rodriguez to make Pitching Ninja’s feed with this bit of nastiness:
Fun fact: David Fletcher is good at baseball.
David Fletcher made that look easy pic.twitter.com/5RZK9VMDdO— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 10, 2021