A’s Defeat Angels 3-1 and Reality Is Cruel

So the Angels lost. The real story was that someone got mad at Ohtani for half a second. Of course, Mark Canha quickly saw the error of his ways and even didn’t make a fuss after actually getting hit in the following plate appearance. Who would want to be known as that a-hole who tried to call out the most likable guy in baseball, after all? But for a fraction of a fraction of a minute, Canha was the worst person in baseball.

The baseball gods are not known to be just, however, and while he would initially suffer from a strike-’em-out-throw-’em-out double play, Mark Canha’s plunking would prove to be crucial in the game. The A’s scored without a hit in the inning and put the Angels into catch-up mode for the remainder of the night despite having opportunities aplenty.

The Angels would manage to tie it back up once on a sequence of plate appearances that no one would find praise-worthy but that we would absolutely take. After a quick Taylor Ward strikeout, Jose Rojas popped a light fly into the middle of no-man’s land. Kurt Suzuki followed by bunting him over and then David Fletcher did classic David Fletcher things.

Ohtani would go into the 7th probably a bit gassed and surrender two consecutive walks which sealed the end of the game as the A’s began to show that they aren’t the Troutless Angels offense. The second scored after being inherited by Cishek.

A takeaway from this game for some might be that the Angels can’t pick up their ace. It might also be that they have a punchless offense against pitching staffs that aren’t of equal quality to that of the Angels’. I think the real takeaway should be that life isn’t fair and sometimes villains don’t go home empty-handed.

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Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago

if you haven’t seen it, Butera DFA’d, Wong up.. Also Slegers to SLC, Suarez up

angelslogic
Super Member
3 years ago

Good, meh, good, and meh.

Last edited 3 years ago by angelslogic
Twebur
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  angelslogic

I think the (Great. Good. Meh. Suck.) ranking system is by far the most effective ever designed.

We don’t use Great often with the Angels.

Twebur
Legend
3 years ago

Anthony Bemboom up too.

FungoAle
Legend
3 years ago

Suarez sucks. He lacks machismo to fire the ball past hitters. Claudio v2.0.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago

Everyone saw we are staying in Tempe for ST through 2035?

https://es.pn/3frWdJQ

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

This team is just too damn frustrating. You know when they start to hit, the starting pitching will suck again. They just can’t pull it together. This has been an ongoing thing.

I think this squad can complete with the mid-level teams who have pitching issues. We saw that against Texas. But elite teams have shut down pitching staffs and if you miss opportunities to score or let pitchers off the hook (as the Angels did over and over in the first 5 innings last night) it’s not going to be pretty.

Coming into this series, I felt the Angels needed to win 3 of 4 to have any chance. Having lost the first 2 to Oakland they are now 8 back, with losing records at home and on the road. Salvage a split and maybe there is a faint heartbeat. But these next two are absolutely must wins.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Until they’re not.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

This kinda sums up the season so far….

From Fletcher and Bollinger: “Kurt Suzuki clarifies that the issue with the BART trains yesterday with Shohei Ohtani was that they got off at the wrong station and missed a transfer.”

angelslogic
Super Member
3 years ago

Fletch is clutch. He is batting .500 with runners at second base and his late and close BA is .409

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  angelslogic

And .094 on all other At Bats

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Rather have them when they count. For me at least.

H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  angelslogic

whispers: (probably should hit 5th or 6th then)

H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

aargh it’s so frustrating. It seems like Fletcher has meaningful men on splits, not only this season but for his career (.675 OPS with no one on, .772 OPS with runners on), yet he’s hitting behind Drew Butera and Taylor Ward and Jose Rojas

(obviously some selection bias, but that’s a pretty significant difference imo)

Last edited 3 years ago by H.T. Ennis
Senator_John_Blutarsky
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I blame a starting lineup with 5 players batting below .220 in it

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

Historic event anniversary.

https://www.espn.com/video/clip?id=29221142

Last edited 3 years ago by Cowboy26
WallyChuckChili
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3 years ago

Giants beat the Dogers!

anewfoundthrice
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Meanwhile, at the latrine, barnes tied the game and Pujols was robbed of a walk off hr

Twebur
Legend
3 years ago

Can of corn in the score book the way I see it.

nishiogawakun
Super Member
3 years ago

Down to .198

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

“Warning track power translates to a lot of outs”

Good that means they’ll keep GPa on the roster for at least another month.

eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I did not know I was on the roster, “SHOW ME DAH MONEY!!!”

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

The best line of the night:

“Albert Pujols starts inning at second base”

anewfoundthrice
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Lmao

Twebur
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Ha! Heard that!

“Pujols will be the free runner, which is not an insignificant thing”

Translation, he is such a slow ass runner, it would likely take 3 singles to bring him home.

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Wait, what? It wasn’t Pujols as the runner starting at second during extra innings was it?

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

His lazy fly out to LF was the last out of bot 9th. He (pooholes) runs at 2nd to start bot 10th

Last edited 3 years ago by Angels2020Champs
steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago

🤣

anewfoundthrice
Trusted Member
3 years ago

I’ll take my W’s where I can get them and the guy failing on the rival team gave me a big jolly W

Edit: W jokes aside, in 2006 we were about this record and made a close push to the playoffs after the all star game. I do believe if we have a healthy, playoff-hungry, rested trout late july we can win this dang thing

Last edited 3 years ago by anewfoundthrice
Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago

“We” still paying, “we” can complain

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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We’ve really come to this: celebrating the failures of a senior citizen who is not even on our team?

I’m good with hating on the Astros because they are proven liars and cheats. I’m good hating on the MFYs because…well they’re the MFYs. I understand the Dodgers are the natural rivals of the Halos because of geography and the fact the have won consistently over the past 50+ years. However, hating on Pujols once he’s already left the team is just stupid. Arte put a ridiculous contract in front of Pujols and he (Pujols) did what any of us would do and signed it. It of course did not end well at all. Arte has paid the price financially and in the court of public opinion. In my opinion, it’s time to move on…..

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

So what the hell are we going to do for fun then?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Cowboy26

Well, there’s this:

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Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago

What’s your definition of consistent winning? Dodgers have not been that in last 50 years IMO. 1990-2013 weren’t great. Half season champions in the last 30+ years isnt too much to get stoked about. At least in my perspective.

‘Hating’ on Pujols or just looking for confirmation (his lack of success) that we made a good decision with giving Shohei and Walsh more playing time is just intrinsic fandom.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

The Dodgers had the higher winning percentage in the 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2010’s, and 2020’s. The Angels had the higher winning percentage in the 2000’s. Honestly, comparing the Angels record over decades is an easy compare to most teams. Just sayin’

As for Pujols, my only point is that it’s just the Angels fans still dredging up the name and history. I’d just soon forget it about it now that it’s over. However, as of May 29th 2021, it’s still a free country and folks can say whatever they want.

Have a good holiday weekend.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago

Yes compared to us most any franchise looks better through that span of time. Might as well make it 60 instead of 50 years though haha

Pujols will be a name brought up here alongside vernon wells, mo vaughn, gary matthews jr, josh Hamilton, etc for awhile. That’s the territory like why whoever was drafted ahead of Michael Jordan gets compared to and labeled a bust. I’ve never been one who cared for dramatics within the royal family for instance, but like sports and things like draft busts or worst contracts ever are just things that exist. A team’s fan base thats left frustrated or irritated at bad drafts or bad contracts are just dramas within our hobby.

It’s a great weekend! Hope you enjoy it as well!

Twebur
Legend
3 years ago

Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

https://youtu.be/pWdd6_ZxX8c

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
3 years ago

It’s funny, I actually think it would be a great idea for Pujols to come back as a hitting coach for his service contract after retiring.

However, the idea that he was annoyed about being a bench player and the attempts to potray the Angels as dishonoring Pujols irk me in a way that makes me want to see the rest of his playing career go down in flames.

FungoAle
Legend
3 years ago

Puljos was robbed because he robbed us. An eye for an eye. Praise the lord and….Puljos sucks.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

🙌🏼🙌🏼

Mia
Legend
Mia
3 years ago

I blame the GIF thread.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

+1

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

and now for the wisecrack. San Diego just scored 7 in the top of the 11th versus the Cheaters. If we’d done something like that and the other team was coming to bat we’d say “hold on to your hats, this could be bumpy”

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

No wisecrack here. I’m trying to get into Arte’s mind. He knows he’s got a high payroll. Does he analyze it? Does he look at the team’s record over the last 6 years? Is he so completely short term that he isn’t interested in figuring out what the problem is?

nishiogawakun
Super Member
3 years ago

I guess it’s all about the bottom line. Win, lose, maybe they aren’t as important to profit.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

I think 2014 gave him delusional hope. He’s been living off those fumes ever since.

Twebur
Legend
3 years ago

He bought what was already high quality organization . My guess is he’s now involved in the decision making more than we will ever know. He is the common denominator since our fall off in 2010. He only hires 1st time GMs, easier for him to control. Nobody’s going to talk, Billy won’t, Jerry left in-season, no GM does that, probably all we need to know.
His early success as an owner gave him his arrogance. And he ain’t selling We are fucked as fans.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago

Petit is 7-0

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

Fuck (June 2014) Petit. He throws puss

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

And mows down The Angels every time.

John Henry Weitzel
Editor
Super Member
3 years ago

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Seriously this is the Angels the last 7 years.

bradllee424
Trusted Member
3 years ago

This is because we have a rotten owner. He has destroyed this franchise.

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago

Is this the end of May every year or the end of April? I’m thinking April as I still see some movement and signs of life.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago

We are wasting Sandoval and Ohtani.

One run doesn’t win 2 games

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

they call that a quality start. If Trout were healthy….

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

….we still would have lost. Even with Trout, the team had way too many holes to compete. A great generational talent such as Trout does not create a winning team by himself.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago

But we have 2 Generational talents on our team

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago

One run in 2 games. When do we get to reload?
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UtahAlumnus
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Depressing.

H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
3 years ago

Positives: GIF-thread worked well!