Griffin Canning was on the mound and attempted to get the Angels back to .500. Unfortunately, while he was decent, getting hit hard allowed him to only pitch 5 innings and the bullpen had to take over. A bullpen that blew, as they allowed 6 runs. Despite the web gems from both teams, the real highlights were the wild pitches made along the way, and dumb Maddon decisions.
Web Gems and Blasts
The game started with a bang as the hit parade arrived in the first inning. Upton leadoff double, then 3 straight singles by Stassi, Churches, and Ward with another single by the Goose to give the Angels a 3-0 lead. It would have been more, but Walsh was robbed.
Canning appreciated that and got out of the inning quickly thanks to an amazing double play by Ward and Goose.
In the second, Ohtani got in on the action with his 19th home run of the year, it was now 4-0 Angels.
For the bottom half, it was another quick inning by Canning, thanks again to stellar defense, this time by Churches.
Yes it was one of those days, just defensive highlights one after the other. The Angels didn’t score in the 3rd, but they did have another defensive highlight.
It was seriously both teams making plays every inning, like in the 4th when Laureano robbed Justin Upton again.
So of course Laureano hit a home run off Canning to make it sting worse. 4-1 Angels after 4.
Ohtani reached on a bunt single to start the 5th, he stole second, and reached 3rd on a groundout. However, he was unable to score. The A’s did score, however, in their half of the inning. 4-2 Angels.
Gosselin flared a single in the 6th, Fletcher hit him to 3rd, and that was enough for the A’s and they pulled their starting pitcher. Too bad their reliever struck out Upton to end the threat.
Watson was now pitching, and the A’s got 3 runs off of him before he was pulled, just making contact again and again. Cishek came in and threw a wild pitch to allow another run. More will score and Cishek was pulled. Suarez came in and another run later, was finally able to end the inning with the score 8-4 A’s.
It was looking bad for the Halos and pulling Canning looked really dumb. Moreso when the Angels didn’t score in the 7th. AT least the A’s didn’t score more in their half,
The Angels did nothing in the 8th, seemingly resigned to their fate, the A’s just wanted this over with as well, and went down easy.
9th inning came and the last chance for a big comeback came and went without much effort and the Angels lost.
The Angels are now 33-35 on the season and play 4 vs the Tigers. A Tigers team starting a Rookie tomorrow and are on a winning streak. Drink responsibly.