Angels Finally Healthy, Win 9-4

The Angels got Trout, Rendon, and 2 way Ohtani back. By doing so, it changed the lineup from mediocre to the best in baseball. It was a wild game. One that went from good to horrible to great. Such Rollercoaster games just feels so Angels.

Recap

Ohtani had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day on the mound. In the first. After getting through that, and giving up 4 runs, Ohtani hit and was able to get through the 5th without any more damage. 5 innings, 4 runs, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 9 strikeouts. Oh and he scored 3 runs, had a double, a bunt base hit, and a walk as a hitter. Not ideal but I will certainly take it.

It was a hit parade for the Halos bats as every starter got a hit! Except Rendon. 3 home runs! 16 hits total, the offense looked great. In particular, Ohtani had 3 runs scored, Trout had 4 hits, and Walsh went 3-5 with a double and 2 RBI.

The Angels scored first thanks to Walsh driving in Ohtani. Ohtani was wild and let 4 Rangers score in the bottom of the first. The Angels tied it with 3 in the 2nd thanks to an Ohtani double and Trout single. Back to back home runs in the 3rd by Upton and Pujols gave the Angels the lead. Trout doubled in another and it was 7-4 Angels. That stayed until 6th when Walsh doubled in run 8 and in the 7th, Iglesias hit a home run for the 9th run.

Bullpen wise, Slegers, Claudio, and Watson pitched 4 scoreless innings. It was good relief pitching for once. Angels pitching had 12 strikeouts total. Maddon pulled a double switch in the 8th because why not, and Rojas took over 1st base. With the good bullpen today, Ohtani got his first win since 2018.

Highlights

Healthy

With Trout and Rendon back, things are looking up again. Luis Rengifo was sent back down. Also Juan Lagares and Max Stassi look to come back soon too. Oh and don’t forget about Felix Peña, he should be in the bullpen soon too.

The Angels are now 11-10 and above .500 again. Up next, more games vs Texas. 5 pm again tomorrow.

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steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago

I still don’t know how Ohtani righted the ship and went 5 innings after that disaster of a first inning.

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Two things in my opinion:

1. Mark Langston actually was interesting on this subject. He pointed out in the first that Ohtani had no time to ready himself after getting on base, running around the bases and scoring. He said pitching the first inning is always tough but particularly so when mentally there isn’t the time to fully be ready. This is a downside to him batting 2nd. By comparison in the 2nd inning Ohtani had about 7-8 minutes after scoring to gather himself. Rendon’s walk was really important in this regard.

2. I think someone told him to trust throwing his fastball because he began to do so in the 2nd and once he established it, all his other pitches improved.

If he can pitch consistently like he did innings 2-5….wow!

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Langston makes sense. Although I still don’t remember seeing a pitcher go from that bad to start a game giving up 4 runs in the first, then turn it completely around for the next 4 innings. That is some big time mental toughness and competitive drive going on there.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Apparently he made a small adjustment as to where he stands on the mound, moving several inches towards 3B. But the fastball usage also makes sense to me as I feel he does not use it enough to challenge hitters. It looked like the pitch Lowe hit out was a curveball hanging over the middle of the plate. No need to rely on your third or fourth best pitch in that situation with runners on.

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WallyChuckChili
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3 years ago

I wounder what Ohtani is drinking in the cover photo?
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tommyshalo
Trusted Member
3 years ago

I prepared myself for a rough game today, but the first inning was even worse than all my anticipations.
Then everything after the second inning turned out positive and by the time that terrible 47degree launch angle bunt happened, I was able to laugh out.
Props to the bullpen for the 4shutout innings.
This lineup is exciting.

One word for Maddon, please don’t leave it up to Sho and rest him.
Otherwise we are going to see this guy playing in every single game he can.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

This is why Soggy Joe brought out the hook early today.

https://twitter.com/FabianArdaya/status/1386890168351612930

nishiogawakun
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Good catch!

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Dude needs to spend an off-season chopping firewood or learning the guitar.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Or pissing on his hands in the shower. (Not sure he’ll make too many friends doing that though)

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Why would that drive away friends? People basically put pee on their hands all the time (urea is in many lotions).

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

I think I’ll stick to the fist bump then . Thank You.

red floyd
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3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Soaking his hands in pickle juice.

red floyd
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3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Madge, is that you?

Fansince1971
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3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Isn’t that the same thing as pee?

Last edited 3 years ago by Fansince1971
Designerguy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

I believe this is what Nolan Ryan used to prevent blisters.

Rallymanatee
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3 years ago

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nishiogawakun
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Rallymanatee

How did I not see this before!

Designerguy
Super Member
3 years ago

Celebrate the win!

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Angels2020Champs
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3 years ago
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red floyd
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3 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

So… much… manliness…

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Someone should post the young kid excited about the hockey goal. I can find that one.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

You rang?

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Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

That’s it!!

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Here’s one from the past:

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Mia
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Mia
3 years ago

I cannot get a gif to load properly on my phone for the life of me.

But that was a great f*cking game. 🔥🔥

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

There we go

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Manliness

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red floyd
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3 years ago
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Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
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Designerguy
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3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Wow. Waldo has really let himself go.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Dude, that’s Captain America.

Designerguy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

If he’s military, I don’t want him showing his Privates.

Angels2020Champs
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3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

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FungoAle
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3 years ago

Albert is making me eat crow.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Honestly, I don’t think there are many people here who if you asked them in March if they thought Albert would have 5 HR by April 26th would have said “yes.” So, you’re not alone.

Fansince1971
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3 years ago

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Angels2020Champs
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3 years ago
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red floyd
Legend
3 years ago

LIGHT UP THE HALO!!!!
Just Another Halos Victory!!!!
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Jeff Joiner
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Legend
3 years ago

I tuned in bottom of the first and the game seemed to be going all wrong.

Cue Fletcher with a 2 out full count take for a walk to extend the inning, an Ohtani bullet, and momentum from then on.

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Ohtani was marvelous. Sure it was an awful first but the mark of a true champion is how one responds to adversity. He rocks a double to score 2 and then scores. From that point on he was incredible on the mound. What a story line. We are watching history!!

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Well that team is more fun to watch!

By the way – I’ve made a decision only to bring the dancing robot out after 3 or more wins in a row. So hopefully we see him tomorrow night!

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I’ll imagine him then

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Want him to be special!!

red floyd
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I hope we see him tomorrow, and that he never leaves again.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

152-10 is technically possible.

red floyd
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3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

I’m looking for 163-10.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

That works, too.

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Ha!

Honestly – like all baseball fans I’m a bit superstitious. When I was bringing him in after single wins, the team would lose the next day. So my thought is to bring the robot in on more special occasions.

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Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

so we will have a lot of 3 game winning streaks this year but no 4 gamers?

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Hahaha. We will test it out. It’s early in the season so trying to figure out the right time for the robot

red floyd
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’ll take .750 for the rest of the season!

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

But thats only 36 more robots before the playoffs

WallyChuckChili
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3 years ago

Angels Win!comment image

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Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago

Poor trout already hates media, he keeps hearing himself on the post game audio interview with jose on BSW but still does a good job answering questions.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago

He wanted out of that interview ASAP

FungoAle
Legend
3 years ago

He’s more engaged if Alex is asking the questions.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Aren’t we all.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I thought he was married?

losangel
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’m pretty sure the pronouns in his bio are he/him.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago

He never looked comfortable in interviews, from the very beginning. Actually I think he has come a long way and is much better than he once was.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago

You’re on top of it JHW

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Angels2020Champs
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3 years ago

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Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

Gold

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago

Love this one, especially since he’s overshadowing the Doyers.