The Angels won thanks to a good bullpen today by C-rod and Watson, who ground pounded the Rangers bats that Cobb woke up. Ground ball pitching isn’t flashy but it got the job done.
Alex Cobb was bad for the second time in a row, allowing 3 runs in 2 innings. It was rough as the starting pitching continues to disappoint. This was after the Angels scored 4 runs in the first inning, giving him a good lead.
C-rod came in for the 3rd and pitched 3 and a third scoreless innings of relief. He is looking great and gave some much needed good innings out of the pen. Demands to put him in the rotation skyrocket yet again. It was as if a new starter came in and was dominant.
Which was highly needed as the offense didn’t do anything after the first. Ohtani hit a double that was inches away from a home run but that was it. No runs scored from the second to 9th does not a win make.
Watson got the last two outs of the 6th on a one pitch gidp. He then easily took are of the Rangers in the 7th to preserve the lead. Watson ground pounded the Rangers and got through his 1 and 2/3 to bridge the gap to Mayers.
Mayers escaped the 8th that was made dangerous due to a HBP and a bloops single. The pressure was enormous as again, the offense did nothing since the first. He seemed to have gotten this groove back, which is a relief.
Closer Iglesias came out for the save, making the fans hold their breath. A one run lead was all he was allocated. It was enough as he shut the door on the Rangers, saving the game and winning the series.
Up next is the red hot Seattle Mariners. Heaney takes the first game at 7 pm on Friday.