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.
Let’s hear it for the strength of schedule “WOO HOO”
Pretty solid though to be 500 at this point without our favorite fat kiiiiid
I’ll see y’all on August 1
No you won’t because I don’t think that date exists in these parts.
Why? Planning on moving to Siberia after the All Star break?
Time for the silver lining optimists to back up their Bekins moving vans and go on vacation ( we achieved our goal to get over .500 after May 30. ).
Regarding the bullpen- yeah, it’s weak. On the other hand, it seems to be serviceable when you aren’t using it for six bleeding innings every game. The stabilization of the starting pitching means we aren’t killing the bullpen by pitching their arms off. Seems like these next few games are going to indicate if we are for real. Hold our own against the Bay Area teams, bash the crap out of the Tigers. That is what good teams do.
Winning is good.
I mentioned this yesterday before the game:
Pretty cool that both of these also improved after the sweep.
We have about for Posters who just love and live for the negative, just mind boggling for me to understand this frame of mind. If it is so dang negative why do you visit here?
Mean while back at the ranch, GPB believes we will be 9-6 in June’ finish and we might just be in the hunt in July. Now you’ll see that our starting boys are the real deal and they are really good.
I don’t think we necessarily wallow in negativity–at least I don’t think I do, at least speaking of myself–but we are not really sold yet because we’d been buttercupped a bit too often last few years. It’s terrific that the team looked impressive against the likes of the sneks, but we’ll see how things turn against quality teams–and Oakland is coming up at the right time for a reality check. If the team looks good, and hopefully wins the series against them, then we’ll have more reasons to start believing
The 13 win in 18 game stretch includes a split of a 4-game series against Oakland. Sure, we swept the Royals, Rangers and DBacks (the Royals only in the ‘sneks’ category after we swept them, right?) in that stretch, but also split against division leaders in Oakland and SF. Isn’t that what we are meant to do – beat up lesser teams and play .500 or better against division leaders?
But sure, I would feel good if we took 2 of 3 off Oakland.
I don’t think the Royals are actually a bad team. At least offensively they are pretty darned talented.
I agree. They were over .500 before we swept them. But I doubt that would assuage those that think this stretch proves we are really in contention.
Well, we’re not quite a contending team…yet. Needing to beat Oakland is not just about upping the record, but placing ourselves into a “contending” position. (almost) Every team will have some good, bad, and meh stretches. We need a few more good stretches than the teams in front of us to be “contending.” Any time we can make our stretch better and their stretch worse is critical.
They’re a young up and coming team. Who knows maybe they’ll cheat too and then we can hate on them also. 😫
it’s 14 of 19!
Meh. Been a rough stretch. So you had Pom Poms installed in your rectum years ago – we get it. Go team.
I’d be enjoying all this stuff if it weren’t all fake news. It may seem like our pitching has been pretty good of late, but experts have long agreed that this is impossible, even for a couple innings in a row much less several games. Jared Walsh seems pretty good, which is impossible because he’s from our farm system. Justin Upton and Taylor Ward can’t be good because I have been assured by many men who know baseball that they can’t possibly ever play well. Max Stassi. MAX STASSI! Eppler traded nothing burger for him because he is the worsiest thing ever and Eppler is even worsierest. It may look like Stassi’s pretty good, but he’s not. Anthony Rendon looks like he’s searching for a six fingered man who killed his father. I know there are stats and wins and stuff, but I believe in science, experts, and people who have worn two foot deep craters in their couch watching games and thus know the sport better than most players and their research has shown this team is the worst evah.
Don’t believe this lie the Matrix is trying to feed you. You may think this team is fun to watch, it may even feel like we are having fun, but it is all a construct put together by Arte’s cabal of stripper f***ing Christian billboard salesmen who don’t care about winning. In reality this team may be over .500, but in really real reality it is the most baddest stupid team in the history of sports.
Welcome back Gitcho. Where you been?
Teaching the Angels pitching staff how to not nibble like bitches.
Actually just working and sleeping and working.
You earned your rec for “stripper f*cking Christian billboard salesmen”
Rec….for the Inigo Montoya reference.
”Anthony Rendon looks like he’s searching for a six fingered man who killed his father.”
You complete us Gitcho 💘
This is pure magic.
gghello, my name is Anthony Rendon, and you killed my father…prepare to die
Hoping for 2020 Bundy.
2 wins in June is doable.
B-b-b-but…no B-b-b-Bassitt this series.
And Bundy will score four touchdowns in the game!!!
MLB is going to be testing Stassi for any performance enhancing substances and checking his bat. The guy is en fuego, and I can’t believe what I’m seeing! If Ranger fans are paying attention to this they will be dumbfounded, and pissed.
They also had half year of Maldy in exchange to several years of Sandoval, so yes they definitely would have enjoyed todays game.
Ranger fans, they could have had Stassi for basically nothing.
I think you mean the trASTROS. Big Boy Butera is an ex stRanger. It’s all Texass
Season ain’t over!!
Two sweeps yeaaaaah!
65 games into the season and the Angels have the same W-L record as the New York Yankees.
Arte Moreno: “Achievement Unlocked!”
Unfortunately I think this says more about the underachievement of the Yankees than it does about the achievement of the Angels.
That said, I still feel we can get a lot better, which is the good news.
Let us have this.
Arte is “The Best”
Come on spy. I KNOW you don’t really believe that!
Whoa. At first I thought you wrote Arte is “The Beast”
I’m not sure how I feel about that.
Now that, would be pushing it
Yes, but it would explain the Josh Hamilton signing.
No it wood xplane the Billey Ephpler hiring
Wee stihl don’t hav any prospex in ar farm sistem abuv AA that uther teems wood wont. THIS IZ AR WERLD SEARIEEZ WIN FOR 2021……HAY WEE SHOOD ALL JUST ENJOY IT TILL TOODAY WHEN REALITY SETZ IN ( TB, Oak, Yankees )
Or until Arte desydes itz OK for us Angel’s fans to eat cake!
Please, Just Say No.
Hey 2002 – IF (and it’s a big if) the Halos end up with a winning record in those three series you mention (Oak, TB, NYY), will you consider a self imposed ban for 2 months?
Because if they don’t end up doing well in those games you know you will be here posting photos of players the team should have taken in the 10th round and generally spreading the seeds of anger.
So – you cool with a self-imposed ban if the Angels do the improbable and price you wrong?
Hell just comment as gitch
I don’t want to work that hard to read something when I am 90% sure you just said blah blah prospects, blah blah team sucks and these wins don’t matter, blah blah Arte and friends.
I don’t understand the photo. Are you saying we should have drafted Lady Chatterley? Would she help with clubhouse chemistry?
Odor batting third says a lot about the current status of the MFY, but feels comfortable to share a same record at this point.
Don’t really care about the MFY but why Boone has not been fired is beyond me.
Tend to agree. I would have to look at the manager when dissecting their underachievement. They have all the other pieces, really.
Strangely, Hal Steinbrenner said Boone is not in trouble. Not sure if that is the dreaded “vote of confidence” or not. But not firing Boone (he’s been there several years now and no WS appearance even) seems like management needing to keep him around as the potential Fall Guy.
If they fire Boone now and still fail to make it to the series with the new skipper then the fans in NY will start calling for Cashman’s head.
Yeah, Cashman was always able to stand the test of George and that earned some respect around the league but I would guess the shine is starting to wear off. Stanton trade turned upside down so quickly, my gosh.
The Stanton trade was foolish. They didn’t need him, his bloated contract, and his declining physical health. So glad they got him.
Thatz the thing about teems who wanna ignore chemistry and intangibles……You can’t go to Baseball Reference and find statistics about laziness and the inability to come through in the clutch. That’s why Billy Beane is still there in Oakland and Paul DePoDesta isn’t.
Q: Why is Boone still employed? A: The wrong Steinbrenner owns the team.
If daddy owned the team, Boone would have been fired, Billy Martin hired and fired, and Buck Showalter would have been hired…all by June 1st.
BeKauz Dad’s deceased.
Would be leading the NL East as we speak
Whachu talkin’ bout Willis? The mets are 32-25!
Isn’t that a Rookie Ball short-season record?
Do playing that many games qualify for the Cy Young? Batting Title?
It did last year.
Sweeping the snakes baby.
Angels be like:
I think I’d rather just go visit a Doctor.
Little blue pill?
Holy crap that is awesome.
Just went on Amazon to order this guy a “Bad Mother Fucker Wallet”…..do you have the address to his snake pit?
Holy shit! I’m stealing one from you… Can He Pitch?!?!?
Put him in bases loaded no outs and he’d be unfazed.
Lucky for us all of our pitching problems are a thing of the past, from here on out, best bullpen ever assembled, thank you Perry.
If there is any potential downside to this winning streak is that the front office will take a step back and maintain faith in the pen. I still see holes and I know everyone does too. For me, we always need to be on the lookout to improve and that clearly did not happen when we resigned Jack “wet newspaper” Mayfield. A newspaper is what he uses to hit the baseball. Jeeezus.
Wow, eebie jeebies!
Celebrate the win…and sweep!
Yaaaaahhhh!!!!! We swept the NL West’s last place team can you say July 2019 again.
Yes the two weeks after the Tyler Skaggs tragedy when we thought we were going to beat up and get fat on Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Detroit and KC. We get the A’s starting tomorrow, then the TB, the Yankees and the Giants with a 4 game break against the Detroit for the remainder of June. Next 15 games with only Detroit as a supposedly easy win.
Enjoy, Yes Mike Mayers and Alex Cobb especially.
Bite. They won six in a row against Major League teams.
You don’t know everything. So you should learn to enjoy some things sometimes.
He actually knows very little . Only enough to infuriate the uninitiated . Unfortunately, 2002 draws his powers from the dark side.
Difference is in 2019 we fell apart because we couldnt sweep Detroit and Baltimore I believe. That fifteen inning game at the end of that series was brutal. I think the pitching improvement is encouraging, especially the low walk rates and the offense walking more. But what do I know.
Difference right now is that we’re beating up on the weak teams — like we’re supposed to. Unlike last year when we couldn’t beat DET and BAL.
Difference is – your a tool 2002. Just chill out a bit. Seriously- why do that? Are you that invested in the team’s failure that you can’t allow folks to enjoy a bit? You seem to relish and almost invite the team to suck.
The flipside is you all love or tolerate the losing with one great player. Arte has never gone all out to hire a proven winner for his front office and he’ll just keep on doing it until he sells the team or something bad happens to him ( Donald Sterling, Eddie DeBartolo, Frank McCourt or Bruce McNall ). I’m not here to love either him or his cronies ( Billiy Eppler and John Carfino ).
Ever wonder why this is all happening since 2011 when he secured his big money cable TV deal? You would think more money and other resources would equal more success, and yet it hasn’t has it?
I come here to follow a losing baseball team for the last decade…..
I stay for Shufflebot ..
I totally heart shufflebot.
Are you okay?
Also the Angels have played the 10th hardest schedule in MLB. It’s an accomplishment to be over .500. Schedule is tough for most of the rest of June for sure, however this last streak of games is definitely a big positive worthy of some celebration rather than negativity.
We have a older team than most of the teams we’ve played against too ( 5th oldest team in MLB ).
Their payroll is still in the top 10 in MLB, except in their pitching that is. A bunch of late 20’s to early 30’s non high level prospect guys who are their 3rd team. And yet TB traded Blake Snell and they might very well get back to the WS. 😥
Don’t be a poopy pants.
Tony’s ears just perked up
So did Peter McNeeley’s
He’s just sad because we win so much.
I’m loving every second of this Halo surge.
However: 2002Heaven has his reasons for remaining negative in the face of all this glee. I don’t agree with him, but his POV is legit, innit? I mean…sorry to make you do this, but remember the prevailing mood we’ve all had for the last…gawd I don’t even want to cite the number of years.
The team we’ve seen over the last 19 games (14-5) is the team I thought we were, but had doubts about the SP. The pen is still our Achilles, but the SP has come around.
Let’s see how the next 15 games shake out.
This is fun AF, but 2002Heaven’s points are well-taken. I simply don’t agree.
I think he’d get less shit if he’d just said something like what you just typed. Something more like…
“While I enjoy the fact that we’ve been hot lately I am worried because we’ve had our hopes raised and dashed several times before. Blah blablah badly constructed sentence that hot takes Mike Mayers and Alex Cobb and confuses literate people…”
But instead he put it in a half assed Jim Rome smack off kind of way, so he gets the bristles.
Damm! I should work for Fox News then! 😆
You know who also beats the crap out of lesser teams a lot? Just about every team in the post season every year…. who apparently all also aren’t very good in your world. Truth be told we probably don’t have the pitching to last out all season and win 95 or what ever, but the vast improvement these guys are showing sans Trout and without Rendon doing a ton of the damage is a very good sign, so I’m enjoying it.
THIS team, if it keeps it together, actually might be just one good starter away from at least competing, unlike past teams people whined about. That’s real progress even if I doubt we will be around in October, and we should enjoy it. Sure, Arte may still own the team, and Perry/Eppler may have built it, and it probably tastes like cat poo to you when they win, but hey, eat that cat poo for now, at least you’ll get some fiber in you.
Cats aren’t vegans or omnivores.
No but they are retromingents, just like the ManFred
Hair bro. Cats shit hair. Eat the shit, you swallow the hair.
Eat the cat poo.
The bottom line is you want me to accept the false narrative that we have good pitchers who with the exception of Griffin Canning, C-Rod, Jose Suarez and Patrick Sandoval who was a former 2015 11th rd pick of the Astros are older failed throwaways. Most of our guys are still the same guys that Billee Eplehr acquired for a sawng and dance and are beetween 27-32 yrs old and are further up our food chain ladder than other teams for obvouis reesins. Ther is no doubt in my distorted convoluted mind that this team will suffer it’s 6th strait losing seesin and even maybe it’s 7th next seesin too
Every other sports talk show host will point that out! 😆
You don’t think Max Kellerman, Stephen A Smith, Colin Cowherd, Skip Bayless & Shannon Sharpe, or Charles Barkley would gloss over that? They will point out if your team has a easy schedule or plays in a weak division every time……Bubba.
I’m no different and I will never stoop to Roger Lodge’s level.
a list of winning teams in MLB
probably a few more.
This is a great baseball team. Forget anything I may have said 2 weeks ago
^^^^^THIS is the spirit of these boards. Love it!
Chances are you will say this and take it back a couple more times this year. Hopefully, at the end of it, the team is over .500. That and some pitching from the draft is my goal this season.