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.