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.