Angels Drop 1st Straight in Oakland

Angels 5 Athletics 8

Dylan Bundy followed up his first win of the 2021 season by crashing and burning in grand fashion.

You might be hard-pressed to recall that the Angels held the lead in this game. Juan Lagares started the trainwreck off right by sending a screamer over the yellow line the other way in the second inning.

4 batters later, the score remained 1-0, but the Sean Manaea who had been absolutely unbeatable the last few weeks had already allowed 5 hits and a walk and was 50 pitches deep. Some might have seen this as a promising sign, but the inability to properly sequence hits would continue for quite some time. It would not, however, be the biggest detriment to the chances at a 7th straight win that the Angels would experience as Dylan Bundy promptly followed it up by allowing a 2-run bomb.

One would be forgiven for thinking this was a manageable position to be in. Bundy got out of the inning, but was back on the bump not too long afterward for another inni –excuse me– out. Once Mark Canha got plunked, the game’s doom was spelled.

Tony Kemp followed Canha’s one trillionth HBP on the season by drawing out a plate appearance where he quickly landed in an 0-2 hole for 8 pitches before launching an RBI double and Bundy was done. Not done as in pulled, but done as in done. A sac fly, walk, double, and single followed up in rapid succession and no one can be bothered to look up who hit them.

At some point during the onslaught I blinked and it was the 7th inning. Jared Walsh was up to bat with Max Stassi on second (HBP) and Jose Iglesias (single) on first. He punched one under the glove of a diving Olson and into the corner.

And then Bally Sports Twitter failed to effectively capture what Lagares did.

Then Fletcher had his fourth consecutive hit on the night against a fresh Sergio Romo.

The bottom of the 7th was both scary and topical when a splitter got away from Junior Guerra and, in an attempt to dodge it, Chad Pinder’s helmet flew off his head. The ball struck him square in the back of the head. This sparked a lot of talk from the TV team about the recent information that came out today on the subject of sticky substances. Whether it applies or not to the majority of the hit batsmen on the night is another question, but Guerra in particular did seem a bit different than usual:

And then that was it. The Angels continued to hit sporadically, putting up a surprisingly high 14 knocks on the night in total. They also drew 3 walks and a hit by pitch and still managed to look absolutely futile (It was very encouraging to see 4-hit games from both David Fletcher and Jose Iglesias though).

It is what it is. You can’t win them all. Let’s just pull out another 6 game winning streak starting tomorrow.

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Rallymanatee
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Pretty sad that we’re forced to think “thank God Quintana is coming back.” Bundy should go to the pen for a spell. Maybe it’ll do him good like hitting lead-off has done for JUp.

Jerseyhalofansince82
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4 months ago

With Quintana poised to come off the IL and Suarez doing what he’s doing, how does Bundy stay in this rotation?

benjiface
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4 months ago

Imagine how bad Junior Guerra is without sticky substances! He’s horrible with them! He gonna have a 27.00 ERA without pine tar!

Last edited 4 months ago by benjiface
matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Sure, we can blame Bundy – but 13 LOBsters is not a good showing. We could have knocked Maneea out in the 3rd with one or two more hits. Shame.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
4 months ago

21 Lobster Rolls with Jup and Walsh serving up more than half with 6 extra buttered Rolls apiece

Cowboy26
Super Member
4 months ago

I looks like JG picked the wrong week to give up the Spidertack.

Fansince1971
Super Member
4 months ago

Bundy is killing his FA value. No one he can blame but himself.

Mia
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Mia
4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

If he keeps this up he will be lucky to get a minors deal with an invite to spring training.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

So why was he good last year? Was it the change of scenery? The result of a short 60 game season?

Fansince1971
Super Member
4 months ago

Good question. I wish i knew. He is definitely as bad this year as he was good last year. Truly bizarre.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Looking at the 2020 game longs he gave up 8 runs in 11 innings in his last 2 starts and his ERA went from about 2.50 to 3.29.

Maybe the other teams figured something out. If so, if he’s tipping off what he’s throwing maybe it can be fixed.

Or maybe he lost it last September.

Fansince1971
Super Member
4 months ago

Funny – he’s had 3 decent seasons and 3 poor ones. 1 good season (2020) in the last 4.

Maybe he is just not that good nor consistent. Bright side is that it is better to know now rather than giving him a significant contract next year.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Amen, brother

2002heaven
Trusted Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I’ll be nice and euphemistic about him right now and say I hope he does better soon. Rather than a month ago when I would’ve skewered him and Billy Eppler who brought him here.

Mia
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Mia
4 months ago

Maybe he got on the sticky train and then stopped this year.

WallyChuckChili
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4 months ago
Reply to  Mia

He was named by Bubba

JackFrost
Super Member
4 months ago
Reply to  Mia

Good point. He does not throw all that fast but last season his ball did seem to have alot of movement…..

admkir
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4 months ago
Reply to  Mia

I kept thinking the same thing all night and it was mentioned in a tweet by DiGiovani from the Times about the drop off off velo and spin rate for Bundy last night

Rallymanatee
Trusted Member
4 months ago

Could be hurt and hiding it

JackFrost
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4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Bundy’s FA value is now officially DOA.

John Henry Weitzel
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Super Member
4 months ago

So, uh, how long does Bundy stay “healthy” and when does he go on the IL?

WallyChuckChili
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4 months ago

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DowningDude
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4 months ago

Heaney going tomorrow? We had to win today …
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“Oh well”

Fansince1971
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4 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Bundy is highly mediocre.

Twebur
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4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

…and reality is, Heaney is highly mediocre, just with less suck.