Angels 3 Twins 6
Once Upon a time, the Angels won a game today. It was not this game. The good prince Canning put this game out of reach early, surrendering a grand slam to Miguel Sano. Those 4 runs would be all the Twins needs to snatch the victory in game 2 of this Twin bill.
Is there any good new for Canning? Not really. He loaded the bases up again in the 2nd. While he didn’t surrender any more runs, he did surrender the mound after throwing an atrocious 68 pitches in 2 innings of work. Had someone cast a spell on Canning who had only allowed 1 ER over his last two starts?
Thankfully, the Angels roared back in the 2nd inning with 3 runs of their own and some exciting baserunning – including Taylor Ward who scored after blowing through a stop sign at third. Twas all the energy the Angels could muster as they were held scoreless the rest of this game.
This was going to be a bullpen game, so it’s a good thing Joe Maddon didn’t unnecessarily use the pen in first game, amirite?? First up was Hunter Strickland who so far is proving the Rays never loose a trade.
Angels fans were teased briefly in the 3rd when Jared Walsh hit a HR to make it a one run game.
Or did he? The HR was reviewed and found to have hit the foul pole netting – not the foul pole itself. Walsh was then set down on strikes. What a buzz kill. We really can’t have nice things.
Despite scoring 3 runs, the Angels could only muster 3 hits this game from Drew Butera, Taylor Ward, and Jose Rojas. Only 2 runners left on base – good right? Not when you only have 5 baserunners the entire game.
One of the few highlights of this game came on this nasty Alex Claudio pitch: