Ohtani pitched and hit today, while the Giants used a DH. This is historic, as it is the first time an NL team used a DH when the AL team did not. It went well for him, striking out 9 allowing only 1 run and walked 2. Dickerson had 3 hits off him however, the first time that has ever happened to Shohei. Although I bet he is more mad about the home run he gave up. It was a pitcher duel for sure, which was not fun for either offense.
Ohtani had first inning traffic but got out of it without any damage. The Angels got nothing in the bottom half despite a Rendon walk and a Walsh single.
Another inning, another baserunner, but Ohtani struck out the side. The Angels got a bunt single but that was it in their half inning.
For the 3rd, it was another hit given up, but once again, no damage done for Shohei. The shutout continued for the Angels offense despite Rendon getting a hit.
Ohtani found himself in another jam in the 4th and got out of it yet again. His pitch count was up, however, which was concerning. Innings out of Ohtani is badly needed. Gausman meanwhile was cruising and the threat of him pitching a full 9 innings was real.
The Giants scored first with a solo shot in the 5th, a double by the next batter and a walk got action in the pen. Fortunately, he got out of it, but it was 1-0 Giants. Luis Rengifo tied the game in the bottom of the 5th with a solo home run of his own, the second of the year for him.
With the bullpen breathing down his neck, Ohtani gutted his way through the 6th, pitching a 1-2-3 inning and picked up a quality start. 105 pitches, 9 strikeouts, 2 walks, 1 earned run. The offense didn’t add on in the 6th, and Ohtani would not get the win.
Mike Mayers had the 7th, as everyone held their breath. Thankfully he had a quick 1-2-3 inning and it was the offense’s time to stop being so offensive and score more. Except it was, and they didn’t score.
Up for a second inning, Mike Mayers had much more trouble this time but got out of it due to an odd play. Gosselin pinch hit for him in an another scoreless inning. Still 1-1 after 8.
D-cell came in for a non save 9th inning. For once, he did not blow it. Truly historic. The Angels had a chance to walk it off now, and Walsh gave them a good shit with a leadoff double! Unfortunately, he was stranded there and off to extras we go.
With the Manfred rules in place, D-cell had the unfortunate responsibility of not allowing the runner on second to score with no outs. Against all odds, he pulled it off, showing great emotion while doing so.
It was the Angels chance again to win the game, with a runner on 2nd and no outs it needed to end now. Juan Lagares bunted Suzuki to 3rd. With Fletch up, it was now or never. The Giants knew this as well and intentionally walked him. Now it was runners on the corners with 1 out and Luis Rengifo at the plate. He forced a walk and now it was Max Stassi’s turn. He swung at ball 4 twice to strike out. Rendon was the last chance, and he grounded out.
To the 11th we go, and Cishek came in to pitch. Panic ensued as the golden opportunity was squandered. Yet, somehow, someway, with 3 groundballs, Cishek got the Angels to the bottom of the 11th still tied 1-1.
Jared Walsh lead off the 11th with Rendon on 2nd. He was intentionally walked. Ward was next, runners at 1st and second now. He grounded into a double play. 2 outs now with a runner at 3rd. It was up to Jose Iglesias. He grounded out.
12th inning was upon us and doom set in. Suzuki got hurt on a foul ball so Ward had top come and catch and Canning moved to LF because Stassi was used as a pinch hitter and not moved to catcher for some reason. Oh and then Cishek gave up a run and now the Giants led 2-1. Watson came in and got the 3rd out.
What in the Wild World of Sports?
So Griffin Canning now is leading off the 12th down 1 with a runner at 2nd. He got the sac bunt down, the first of his career, and the tying run was now at 3rd. Juan Lagares singled in the tying run, 2-2!
The winning run was on first for David Fletcher. One out, Fletcher bounced a ball past the pitcher and Lagares got to 3rd! Bases on the corners with Rengifo up. Rengifo grounded it to the first baseman who went home and SAFE! THE ANGELS WIN!
Except… NOPE! Replay overturns it and the game is still on. 2 on, 2 outs, and Dylan Bundy is the pinch hitter. He struck out. The game will not end.
Alex Claudio was now pitching in the 13th. The fans in the stands were the diest of die hards. He could not find the plate and 3 straight walks give the giants the lead again. Jr Guerra came in to pitch and he threw a wild pitch to put the Giants up 2. A single made 2 more score, it was now 6-2 Giants. Oh and then a 3 run home run as well, because why not? 902 Giants
End of the Line
Down 7 in the bottom of the 13th, the mountain to climb looked unsurmountable. It was one of those games that can lead to a death spiral to the loser, just like that Baltimore extra innings game from years ago.
The bullpen did well for the first 12 innings, really. But you can’t ask time and time again to not mess up when the pieces out there are shaky at best. Blown chances after blown chances haunt this game and woulda shoulda coulda is not enough. Some of the players played their guts out, other struck out.
Being built up just to be let down is TrAdition, and no one should be too surprised by today, perhaps besides the fact that this was a game for so long. Good job Shohei, Raisel, Jared, Luis, and Mike. You did what you could, Max though. Max, come on man. Alex, ugh Alex. And Jr, you are supposed to be better than this.
Walsh drove in a run, but it was too little too late and the Angels lost 9-3.
The Angels have a day off tomorrow and face the Rays this weekend. At 36-38 it is a vital series and a tough one to for sure. Please drink responsibly.