The Angels win today in their second game vs Texas. It was an intense start by Ohtani that ended in a comfortable win. Thanks to some luck and bad Rangers defense., the Angels take game of the series.
Shohei Ohtani was on the mound again, this time just as a pitcher. He started the game by giving everyone a panic attack by loading the bases before getting out of it without giving up a run. Ohtani was effectively wild and with his pitch count made it only 4 innings. He gave up only 1 hit, but walked 6 and struck out 7 also hit a batter. No runs and he left healthy, which is all that matters.
The offense kept quiet until Scott Schebler came to the plate in the 3rd. He smoked a double immediately, moved to 3rd on a fly ball, and scored on a sac fly by Fletcher. 1-0 Angels.
As the bottom of the 4th came, the Rangers gifted Trout a double by forgetting to catch the ball. Upton singled him to 3rd, and a wild pitch brought Trout home. 2-0 Angels.
Griffin Canning came in for the 5th and took only 11 pitches to get through his first half inning. His second inning did not go as well, allowing a solo shot in the 6th.
Meanwhile the offense helped get that run back thanks to a Trout home run in the 6th. 3-1 Angels.
However, Canning was pulled with 1 out in the 7th. Griffin went 2 and 1/3 innings with 1 run allowed in relief. Mike Mayers came in and allowed an inherited runner to score on a bunt by Joey Gallo. He pitched a clean 8th and did his job.
The offense made sure that they would get to the 9th with a comfortable lead. Pujols hit a home run, and so did Suzuki. By doing so they beat the shift in a more explosive way and increased the lead to 6-2.
With a 6-2 lead, the closer Iglesias came in shut the door. He allowed a hit, but got a GIDP to end the Rangers’ day.
The Angels are now 9-6 on the year and face the Rangers again tomorrow at 1 PM. Q gets the start, and the Angels look to win a series and keep up with the red hot A’s and Mariners.