It’s hard to give up a grand slam and still feel like you came away from a game with a solid effort, but the Angels aren’t known for being particularly by the book. In fact, Alex Cobb suffered from a 5-run 4th inning to give up the lead and also managed to look like a capable arm in a comfortable win.
The WHIP, the K’s, the innings pitched… these are the things you want to see. With an offense like the Halos’, you can stand to not have a quality start. We would take the Ricky Nolasco classic of 7 innings with 5 runs allowed almost every single night over what we’ve had to stomach this year, and we got precisely that tonight. It’s not going to always pull out the W, but you have to trust our O over the BP.
And of course, the lineup absolutely wrecked in response. The only batters to not log at least two knocks on the night were David Fletcher (1-4) and freshly reinstated Jose Iglesias (0-5 with a Golden Sombrero) as the Angels stormed back from their sizable deficit to both take a commanding lead and then lap hapless Seattle, capping it all off with a 5-run inning of their own.
The heroes were plentiful as one would expect in what eventually became a rout, but Cobb’s ability to give length in the face of hardship is precisely what this team needs right now. It’s either that or the 3.2 inning 1-run woodchippers the pen has been run through time and time again. If the Angels intend to make a run, the choice should be obvious.
Duane says I was on camera in the 9th, clapping for the last out (much like the Manly GIF).
Did anyone get a screen cap?
And if you’re interested (and even if you’re not), that’s my ST buddy with me.
I was at the game, so I missed the gamethread… reviewing it and came up with some stuff…
Fungo asked why Maddon pulled Cobb after 7. Cobb was at 100 pitches after the 7th. He was gone no matter how he was pitching.
That 4th was a clusterbleep. Between the ump needing to see my opthamologist, Ward’s oopsie, and that ridiculous blooper over Cobb’s head…. That’s the best pitching that I’ve seen lead to a salami.
I don’t know if you guys realize it, but outside of the 4th, Cobb pitched six perfect innings.
First win I’ve attended in I don’t know how long.
I’m currently reading a collection of stuff by Ring Lardner. Recommended for us baseball fans! It’s from 100 years ago but still highly enjoyable. He doesn’t take much seriously. His reports from the 1919 World Series are fascinating and funny. Now I’m reading about Jack Keefe, the “Busher”, who has made it up to the White Sox. I was amused by Keefe’s manager telling him to be careful of his uniform because Cobb might steal that off him, too.
Yeah, he was pretty good. Read Alibi Ike years and years ago, gonna have to find a copy again. Another writer everybody should read is Roger Angell, from the New Yorker. His best work was from the 60s-80s. Superlative prose style. Late Innings was one of the first baseball books I ever read, back in the 70s. Great view of that era’s game.
TLDR: don’t shift on most righties
Because baseball is slow to learn. Traditions and all that stubborn stuff.
The people in charge of making the decisions like this just do what they did before thinking if it’s around a 30% chance, I’ll try it again.
Your numbers only make it a not quite 8% chance of not failing again, so 8>30, I’ll try it again.
The reasons I believe we will win today are simple.
We are the Home team
We have momentum on our side.
We are on a winning streak.
Our Bullpen is actually starting to believe in themselves.
Our starting pitching which is not #1 in the league but is in the top 6 inmo.
For a team under .500 we continue to make comebacks.
We have an Ohtani and he has Skills.
Optimism!!! I need this.
He pays da bills
Yesterday’s game made it clear, this team believes in itself finally. That was an absolutely killer comeback.
It was a great game but you have to give more credit to Fletcher. That come backer should have been a hit and an error on the throw. Also even though you hate to see a pitcher go down to injury, it was that play that took Kikuchi out of the game and he was pitching pretty good at the time.
I think of the comebacker as not an individual play but just good luck for us. Fletch was not aiming for Karachi. Fletch is like the Glue for both the offense and defense. Fletch really is a very good player that you are glad he is on your side.
Every good team has a player like Fletch.
So then who is the Big Toe again?
The Secret Police
Awesome win last night! Other than 1 inning where everything went wrong, Cobb really pitched great. And even though he did have that one bad inning, he buckled down and didn’t give up anymore runs his next 2-3 innings. That gave the offense a chance to chip away and eventually bust the game open. 2 great wins! Keep it rolling!
Yes, Cobb was Panther after the Grand Salumi.
When was the last time the Angels offense scored in 5 different innings? Pretty remarkable for this ballclub sans Trout
Despite the ERA, which I know isn’t everything, Cobb really has been stepping it up this year. I liked him with Tampa and now I’m seeing what he can really do, going 7 with only one bad inning and still getting the win is what we need, we have a ways to go with some of our guys but I’ll take a trio of solid starts from Ohtani, Cobb and Heaney any day. Here’s hoping they keep it up! On another note, do we have an idea of what the rotation’s ERA and FIP this month is?
I assume you mean the last 30 ish days rather than just June.
Since May 6, the starting pitching has a 4.90 ERA and a 4.57 FIP.
Great win Boys… #RendonIsTheMan
hey, anyone want Kazmir? DFA’d
“How bout some coffee Johnny”
You mean Karmis?
I was thinking back to that year when Trout was injured for a good long stretch and I think it was Eric Young Jr. who helped us play decent ball. He stepped it up, as I recall. In the end it didn’t matter but it was pretty cool. This year it looks like it’s J-Up.
Meanwhile, down on the farm, the Bees lost but Adell hit yet another homer, his 15th in 26 games.He also had another hit so, if I’m adding correctly, he’s 8 for his last 15 and his average has risen to .276. It was pretty terrible before, in the .230s. So yeah, either we trade him for good pitching or we hope this is real and that he can be part of our outfield in 2022.
I want both Adell and Marsh to make it – a relatively cheap OF would make moving forward so much easier. We need to be able to spend on pitching – and short term (I hope Jeremiah Jackson comes through) at SS.
Friendly reminder Matty V just uses us to announce A’s games.
The Angels now 7-3 since the Upton Funk moved to the front row.
Very nice, all your halo victories…
That gif needs to be brought back. Going to the stadium tomorrow with my sailor son whom I haven’t seen for 26 months, before yesterday!. 2-0 since his return from Japan.
Two Great Games Back to Back! I was more excited last night but it sure feels good tonight. Let’s keep going for the day game tomorrow
Yes they were. Drama and then much happiness. I’d take a old fashioned blowout of the M’s tomorrow to win the series.
A good Bran cereal may help out that situation as well.
Flax cereal on board!
most enjoyable Game of the Season with all the funniest posts yet. The Sutton stuff was great, wise ass replies best yet, and the negative posters be side themselves with comeback as they were left speechless. Great game and was great to share with you “FOLKS”.
What the hell just happened? Came home from a Little League party and it was 5-1, then boom, things start happening. That was fun to watch.
I saw when we were 1-0 an 1-5 but didn’t check again until recently, this is awesome! Not to mention who needs a quality start when you can buckle in and fight through it like Cobb.