The Angels leave Boston with a sigh of relief as they narrowly avoid being swept. Q was decent but didn’t last 5 and the bullpen blew it but the offense scored enough to save the game. It was one of highs and lows that ends on a high note somehow.
The Angels went down in order in the first. So did Boston.
In the second, a Rendon HBP and a Walsh double made it 2 on, no outs for the Angels. Ward drove in Rendon with a single. After an odd groundball that resulted in a Walsh out, Gosselin doubled in Ward, Butera singled in 2, and it was 4-0 Angels. Q responded with a shutdown 1-2-3 inning.
That good scoring didn’t happen in the 3rd, as they went down in order. So Q had to not be good either, allowing 3 straight hits and giving up a run. Just the 1 though. 4-1 Angels.
No scoring again in the 4th, as they left a baserunner stranded. Q had himself a 1-2-3 inning though, seemingly refocused.
They at least tried in the 5th, but Ohtani was thrown out at home. Q gave up a solo shot and was pulled. 4 and a third, 2 runs allowed. Slegers came in with a runner on first. And allowed another hit. And a 3 run home run. 5-4 Boston. Cishek came in and limited the damage.
In the 6th, Churches was HBP and the Angels did not score. At least Boston didn’t score again either.
The 7th came, nothing from offense again. Strickland came in for 2/3 of an inning. Got 2 K. Then Watson finished it off.
Walsh got a single against the shift. Ward walked. But no runs scored as they were stranded. Again. Closer Iglesias came in and didn’t allow runs in a non save situation, somehow.
Down to their final out, Trout pops up to RF… and it drops. Base hit. The first in what felt like ages. Ohtani is up next, and he gets one around the pesky pole! 6-5 ANGELS!
Mayers was up for the save, and he walked two batters. But he got nerves of steel and stranded them , securing the save!
As the team is now 17-22 on the year, the easiest part of their May schedule is next. The Angels return home and face Cleveland and the Twins for a double header. Drink responsibly.