Shohei Ohtani mashes, balks twice (?), and defeats Greg Gibson (0-1)

Angels 6 Diamondbacks 5

Shohei Ohtani has come off a string of electric performances at the plate and recently on the mound, too. It’s always a great day when Friday and an Ohtani start just happen to line up together.

Right on cue, Ohtani didn’t disappoint, getting out to a blistering start. He didn’t even need any offspeed pitches for several innings – who needs ’em when you have this filth?

In the third inning, Ohtani hit this baseball off his shin which bothered him for the rest of the night. He wasn’t taken out but it clearly affected him. He absolutely crushed a double following this (same AB and first of two doubles), but rounded the bases with the gracefulness of a crippled gazelle.

He also compensated for being unable to push off this leg by throwing harder (amping from mid 90s to the upper 90s). He should have been taken out of the game at this point but stayed in to pitch an additional three innings following getting hit in the knee. It shouldn’t be too serious, but compensating leads to further injuries and imbalances…needless to say, it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

But that didn’t stop him from terrorizing baseballs.

Greg Gibson, tonight’s Fun Police and new public enemy #1, called two balks on Ohtani – leading to two runs scored. Neither of them were. Neither were close. Both were infuriating. See for yourself:

But, no matter. Ohtani helped his own cause with 8 strikeouts across five innings and still put himself in line for the win the entire game. Kurt Suzuki had a terrific game, going 3-3 with a HR and on-base five (!!) times. Justin Upton notched several knocks and made a terrific read and slide on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to break a 4-4 tie, and everything was peachy keen.

It looked great until the 9th (though perhaps a little too close for comfort) when down to the final strike, Eduardo Escobar tied up the game with a HR off Raisel Iglesias. Iglesias looked dominant but made a fatal mistake, leaving a fastball out over the plate and Escobar didn’t miss it.

Fast forward to the 10th, and the Diamondbacks pulled their pitcher Ryan Buchter before he had faced three batters — this is highly illegal! After Joe Maddon pointed it out, Buchter had to come back in to face the next batter.

With the bases loaded in the tenth inning, Max ‘Good Stats’ Stassi hit a soft grounder out of the pitcher’s reach, and the Angels took a 6-5 lead in the tenth inning. Steve Cishek and Alex Claudio tag-teamed the bottom half, and the Angels (31-32) refused to be felled by Greg Gibson in one of the weirdest games of the season so far. But hey, each win counts the same. Celebrate the win!

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eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago

Dave said this on Dodgers Backstage, now it all makes sense

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Twebur
Legend
3 years ago

Angels also announced that all cash being considered go directly for upgraded protective gear for the knees and a pizza party at the end of June.

Brewers Acquire Hunter Strickland From Angels For Cash Considerations
By TC Zencka | June 12, 2021 at 12:48pm CDT
The Brewers have acquired right-hander Hunter Strickland from the Angels today in exchange for cash considerations. Both teams have announced the deal. The Angels had designated Strickland for assignment earlier this week.
Strickland has at various point in recent seasons provided quality bullpen work in uniform for the Mets, Nationals, Rays, Angels, and Mariners going back to 2019, when he won a World Series ring with the Nats. Prior to that, he was a steady hand out of the Giants’ pen from 2014 to 2018. The Brewers will be his third team of 2021. He has a 4.03 ERA/5.03 FIP in 22 1/3 innings with the Rays and Angels, though he particularly struggled in his short time with the Angels, giving up seven earned runs in just 6 1/3 innings of work.

Last edited 3 years ago by Twebur
Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

Believe in the power of the resting balk face.

https://twitter.com/PitchingNinja/status/1403560502492606466

eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He did that during and after talking to the Ump on his way out to RF last night.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

Are the teams still carrying taxi squads or did MLB drop that requirement ?

bradllee424
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Hopefully back to .500 today.

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Hoping Ohtani is okay. It looks to me that his knee got hit hard but did nowhere near as bad as Rendon’s. Some of the ball hit the area above the knee – which is painful but is muscular rather than boney/cartilaginous. More importantly the ball hit directly on the front of the knee – rather than to the side which can affect the stability. My presumption is he will be in pain but can play through it.

Last edited 3 years ago by Fansince1971
admkir
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3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Just hope it wasn’t the knee he had surgery on.

Fansince1971
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3 years ago
Reply to  admkir

Surgery on left knee. Ball hit right knee.

H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
3 years ago

Lmao?????? What even happened

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Need to make sure The Angels have a submission for “Weird Baseball of 2021” to show on the MLB network during Thanksgiving week?

eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

red needs to know this, I seen it in the boxscore also, red was wondering why we couldn’t use canning out of the pen. Griffin ran for Zuks who just took another ball to the backside for being the third batter for the batter to face, the pitcher was done with pitching.

Yesterday’s umps, for sure, need to go back to the MLB Rulebook 101 class.

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  eyespy

They had their Cliff Notes from the Angel Hernandez School of Umpiring and Baseball Stuffs, why would they need to look at the MLB rule book?

eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

So, there have nothing

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Because Suzuki couldn’t walk and we were out of position players and Griffin Canning is a Gold Glover.

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John Henry Weitzel
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Super Member
3 years ago

Hey Umps
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WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago

Does happen often for Suzuki so let’s celebrate his 3 for 3 night!
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eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago

Zukes

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

According to Soggy Joe, Coach J Mo (Jose Molina?) is the one who caught the D Backs’ illegal pitching change.

Future manager?

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Is he a former catcher?

Check!

eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Then they watched the pitcher open up a bottle of Gatorade before informing the idiot in blue about the infraction. That is why Zukes got plunked.

Cowboy26
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3 years ago
Reply to  eyespy

And the TBW HBP was a preemptive strike. Got it

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago

Looks like I missed a weird one. 4 in a row!

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WallyChuckChili
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3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Four!
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tommyshalo
Trusted Member
3 years ago

I’m not sure how much we should credit the pitching coach here , but sure Mayers is looking better even after this article.
Wise is the wise, or is the curse of Callaway officially being gone the key?

https://www.ocregister.com/2021/06/06/struggling-angels-reliever-mike-mayers-improves-after-mechanical-tweak

Twebur
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3 years ago
Reply to  tommyshalo

ALL HAIL MATT WISE!

WallyChuckChili
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3 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Matty Dub!

tommyshalo
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3 years ago

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Rick Souddress
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3 years ago

I’m glad this nightmare of a game is behind us. Now we can get back to our nightmare of a season. (justkiddinglet’sgoangels)

Fansince1971
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3 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Every season ages you the equivalent of seven. It’s like dog years.

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

So that is how I got so old, so fast.

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Yep – I am the equivalent of 355 years old.

red floyd
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

That’s why I feel like I’m 308…

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Is that based upon your billable Hours?

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Hahaha!

eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Rick Souddress

It was a great win for the team. They came over all of the adversities thrown their way, and still came out on top, as a good team should. Yes, ATM, they are a good team.

Twebur
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  eyespy

They would have tanked this into a “team” loss last month.

But we “turned the page” on the calendar to June. That has made Matt Wise is a certified genius because Mickey was fired. And Upton is now the best lead off hitter in MLB…………all because it’s June.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

Now, internationally, there’s no need to say Shohei Ohtani or even Ohtani or even Shohei. All you need is Sho and the world knows who you’re talking about.

Pretty dang cool. He’s now struck out more than in any previous Angels season and were in early to mid June. I wish Mikey were a part of this team resurgence. I wonder if the other players have a tendency to wait for Mike to do something while now they know they’ve got to all carry the load

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
3 years ago

As I wrote above, I am starting to believe the resurgence is more due to the absence of Mickey rather than Mikey.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  tommyshalo

Well the real absence of Mickey happened when Arte bought the team and thats questionable whether that was a good thing.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Don’t forget the other Mickey. When Mickey H. got the boot that was a day to celebrate!

What a fool! He was a glorified cheer-leader and one with an important title. But he did little if anything to help struggling and perennially underachieving hitters such as Mathis.

eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Let’s be honest. No one helped Mathis. He was in the league for over 15 seasons for something else, a different talent that team crave.

red floyd
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  eyespy

So you’re saying Mathis is like Brawndo for baseball teams?

Last edited 3 years ago by red floyd
Cowboy26
Legend
3 years ago

IDK Are you Sho?

WallyChuckChili
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3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

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max
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max
3 years ago

Woohoo! We’re in 3rd place all by ourselves! Noticed that Pujols is at 126 ops+ with that other team in the area. Yay?

nishiogawakun
Super Member
3 years ago

Now if Oakland and Houston could chill out a bit that’d be nice.

red floyd
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3 years ago

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John Henry Weitzel
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3 years ago

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MarineLayer
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Setty

Unlike me, you have some spares you could afford to lose.

red floyd
Legend
3 years ago

I think that’s the rulebook that Gibson was using.

eyespy
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Doubt it, he has no need to read