This game will be known for the one Mike Trout left with a calf strain. Knowing the Angels medical staff, he might be the next Lt. Dan. Let’s hope he’s back soon.
The face of the franchise battle has seriously heated up. Shohei Ohtani is playing out of his mind and smoked a 3 run HR in the bottom of the second to make the score 6-1.
At that point it was a matter of if Angels pitching could manage 7 innings without blowing the lead.
Patrick Sandoval looked good through 4 innings but got a rather quick hook after letting the first two baserunners on in the 5th. Maddon went to the bullpen and the resurgent Tony Watson struck out the side to end the threat. On the night Sandoval a solo HR to Cesar Hernandez who scored again on a Jose Ramirez single in the 3rd. He threw 57 pitches.
Newcomer Hunter Strickland gave up a solo shot to Franmil Reyes to trim the Angels lead to 6-3. But Jared Walsh got the run back by doubling in Jose Rojas in the 7th.
From there it was the usual parade of Angels relievers with the usual mixed bag of results. Cishek, Claudio, and Mayers each gave up a hit. The one off Mayers left the yard to make it 7-4 in the top of the 8th.
Raisel Iglesias came in for the save and struck out the side.
Light that baby up! Angels win 7-4.