After a brutal few weeks, it looked to be a win maybe. Shohei Ohtani pitched again but didn’t hit. While wild per usual, he was filthy. 5+ innings, 7 strikeouts, 6 walks, and only 1 hit. All with no runs allowed. The offense, both hands behind their backs, were able to get a run. But then, when it seemed things were going well for once, Maddon brought in Junior Guerra who blew the game and got only 1 out.
Yes, the offense blew chance after chance to score more and they deserve 49% of the blame, but Maddon gets the 51%.
The Wild Ohtani-San
It was a tense start to the game as Ohtani was wild per usual. He didn’t allow a run in the first, however. The offense took offense to that and did squat.
So Ohtani went out there again. A bit more control this time and got through the second cleanly. The offense did nothing again although they actually tried.
Shohei now looked calm and pitched more confidently, he allowed a hit but no runs. The offense, desperate, went old school. After Rojas got a double down the line, back to back bunts made it 2nd and 3rd with one out. Trout was IBB-ed and Walsh was regularly walked to get the Angels a run. Only 1 run though. 1-0 Angels.
It looked to be a 1-2-3 inning for Ohtani, but then a 4 pitch walk ruined that. He did get the best batter though, giving everyone a sigh of relief. A bloops single and a HBP gave them 2 runners on with no outs. Instead, a K and a line drive double play meant no runs.
That’s fine. Because Ohtani had himself a 1-2-3 5th inning. Trout got hit by pitch again. Right on the elbow pad. Again. Fans were not happy. No runs again. Still 1-0 Angels.
But as usual, things fell apart in the 6th. Two wild walks was too much for Maddon and C-rod came in.
C-rod came in and broke a bat. A gb out but runners at the corners. Then he hit the next guy in an 0-2 pitch. But he was able to get the gidp to keep the lead. And then the offense did squat.
Maddon what are you doing?
So instead of using C-rod to go multiple innings, he only goes one and Guerra comes in for the 7th. And he blew it. He was as wild as Ohtani but without the stuff. So he gave up a 3 run bomb and ruined the great game of Ohtani. It was after that he was pulled.
Slegers came in after to not make it worse and he did his job. Almost like you would use him instead. 3-1 Rays still. Not that the Angels can score again.
Aaron allowed a double but nothing else in the 8th. He was ready to come in. And he did his job right. But the offense can’t say the same. Get two in, gidp. No runs. Same old same old.
Claudio came in and pitched a clean 9th. Which just makes the earlier decision worse. It was the last chance for the Angels to come back. And they went down quietly.
The Angels loss makes them 13-16 on the year. The team will try to avoid being swept tomorrow. Please drink responsibly.