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.
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.
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.