Angels 3 Tigers 5
Dylan Bundy would get the nod on Sunday afternoon against a Tigers offense that had been obliterated in the first three games of the set.
No one would mistake Bundy’s performance for one that would instill much confidence going forward, but the old “effectively wild” descriptor seems a little fair. Bundy weaved in and out of trouble into the 5th inning, effecting double plays and stranding runners with the help of some of the guys behind him.
He left with 3 walks and 4 hits allowed, while striking out two. A bad hop on a 2-out bouncer to David Fletcher and an even shakier Chris Rodriguez would saddle Bundy with 2 runs on the day, 1 of which was earned.
Replacing Rodriguez was the long reliever who had kept the Angels in the game so many times this season, Jose Suarez. Suarez shut down the 5th with 2 consecutive strikeouts, a move that would prove to be crucial during the Angels’ side, and would continue to put up 0’s in the name of a bullpen that has been so fallible.
Tigers starter Casey Mize, meanwhile was being a bit stingy with runs. Despite also allowing some traffic on the paths, he was able to effectively work his way out of trouble too. Jared Walsh would take relying on others to drive him in out of the equation to compensate for the third straight day.
And with the score 3-1 going into the bottom of the 5th after the aforementioned Chris Rodriguez struggled, Shohei Ohtani, who had been made to look silly by an up-and-in locating Mize in the first two at-bats, informed every single member in attendance that he can also hit homers 3 days in a row. In fact, he can hit 6 bombs in 6 days!
And the game stayed knotted. The 6th, 7th, 8th, and even the 9th passed by in mostly uneventful fashion before dumb Manfredball started.
Raisel Iglesias came out for his second inning of work in the top of the 10th and Miguel tapped a bouncer somewhat to the left of the mound. Iglesias knocked it away and the slowpoke was safe at first. After a walk to Akil Baddoo, Daz Cameron came up to bat with no outs and the bases loaded and a single made it 5-3 Tigers to effectively put the game out of reach before Steve Cishek came in and finished up the 10th.
The Angels had chances outside of their long balls to blow it open. David Fletcher on 3rd with no outs amounted to nothing. The team went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
The series is taken 3-1 in the most disappointing fashion possible. The Halos get a day off before the team with the best record in baseball comes to the Big A where streaking Andrew Heaney is supposed to start against the legendary TBD.