Angels 8 Tigers 3
The Angels continued to roll against teams that don’t wear green as big dongs and impressive deception made the Tigers look like the third-string squad it is.
Patrick Sandoval had the ball tonight and showed once again why he deserved to be where he is. A cursory glance at the box score might tell an easy story, but the guy was shoving. Through 4 innings, he had 8 K’s with 1 walk and 1 hit allowed. While he did end up allowing a solo shot in the 5th and 6th each, he was absolutely nasty. He was pulled after walking Miguel Cabrera just one out shy of a quality start at a mere 81 pitches.
Inexplicably, Joe Maddon went to the guy he seems to trust more than any single starter on the rotation, Steve Cishek of the 14.9% walk rate. And unsurprisingly, a walk and an RBI single would saddle the starter with his 3rd earned run.
Typical Maddon doing Maddon things aside, the offense at least managed to make it not matter too much. The usual suspects were being… typical.
The Angels would hit another 8 extra-base hits tonight, play some heads-up baseball, and push runs across against a Wily Peralta who definitely was looking to have a better first start of 2021.
Going into tonight, the last 7 days had seen the Angels with the most runs scored in baseball.
Over the last 14 days, the Angels had the most runs in baseball.
Over the last 30 days, the Angels had the most runs in baseball.
The Angels are back above .500, The A’s lost a game, Anthony Rendon is back, Ohtani is in the Home Run Derby, Mike Trout is almost back, the rotation has (mostly) been solid over the last month…
There is a lot to watch for right now. Stay tuned tomorrow too as Dylan Bundy
tries to see how many runs you can give up in the first 3 innings and still win a game starts against Detroit Tigers top prospect and 2018 number 1 overall pick Casey Mize.