Patrick Sandoval pitched well today, and got his first MLB hit in a win over Arizona. Solidifying his rotation spot, Sandoval pitched 6 solid innings giving up just 2 runs (and one was an inherited run scored). Sure it was against the worst team in baseball, but winning games you are supposed to win has not been guaranteed with this team. Many players had good games including Stassi, Upton, Walsh, and Ward.
Sandy Man Can
The game got off to a rocket start with an Upton single and a Stassi 2 run blast. 2-0 Angels. Patrick allowed a hit but allowed no runs in this first inning.
Ward started off the second with a single and Patrick Sandoval got his first MLB hit as well. A Fletcher safety squeeze and it’s 3-0 Angels. Hot Pocket followed that up with a double to make it 5-0 in the second. Walsh doubled him in, and Stassi got HBP. Arizona pulled their starter. Sandoval had a 6 run lead and acted like it, attacking the strikezone and getting a quick 1-2-3 inning.
The Angels had a quick half inning of their own in the top of the 3rd, sending Patrick back out there in an effort to speed the game up. Sandoval didn’t mind and had another 1-2-3 inning in his half of the 3rd.
Arizona’s bullpen continued to keep the Angels bats quiet in the 4th. Things didn’t go quite as well for Patrick, 3 hits were allowed and a run scored. 6-1 Angels.
Nothing happened in the 5th for the offense. Same for Arizona’s. Sandoval was looking good with easily fielded ground balls this time.
The 6th inning was a good one as the Angels hit 3 doubles to make it 8-1. Ward, Lagares, and Fletcher each got extra bases and Upton got a third hit. Sandoval had himself an easy time but he did get help from his defense.
The Angels didn’t do much in the 7th, besides a Ward walk. Patrick Sandoval got to pitch into the 7th, but it didn’t last as back to back walks was too much for Maddon. He left with an 8-1 lead and 2 runners on.
Wrap this series up
Cisheck came in and allowed a run to score that was charged to Sandoval. 8-2 Angels after 7.
Ohtani pinch hit in the pitcher spot. Well pinch strikeout, but Fletcher got a hit. Walsh brought him home with a 2 run home run to make it 10-2 Angels.
Guerra had the 8th, making it scary per usual, but able to get through it without any damage.
The Angels didn’t score anymore but it wasn’t like they needed to. Guerra finished the game off, pitching a bit quite clean 9th, giving up a run, but securing the sweep nonetheless.
The Angels are now 33-32 on the season. Oakland series up next but 4 vs the Tigers after that. They are over .500 for now, hopefully it can stay that way.