Rays 4, Angels 3
One thousand years from now, I don’t know how historians will work to piece together the story of today, but if they simply dig up one short video clip, it will definitely not be able to tell the story of the Los Angeles Angels.
Friday night, the Angels soared to the highest of highs and suffered the lowest of lows. A fancier way of describing this phenomenon would actually encapsulate this team, but such a phrase eludes my mind at the moment.
Regardless, we are trudging up an endless hill at the moment, and Shohei Ohtani is the main light keeping us moving right now. I was fortunate enough to be in front of a TV to start the game (rarely happens nowadays), and the sound off the bat is tremendous.
(Title picture a screenshot from this video.)
He later added a bunt single, for good measure.
Joe Maddon stated pregame that he wanted Ohtani and Walsh at one and three in the lineup because the Tampa Bay Rays were using a right-handed opener in Andrew Kittredge before turning to the left-handed Josh Fleming, and he wanted to guarantee both an AB off Kittredge. The strategy worked. Ohtani homered, and Anthony Rendon homered later in the inning.
Yet the Angels outfield continued to show problems defensively. Tonight it was Taylor Ward. In the first inning alone, he failed to properly track a baseball, and then he let another one bounce over his head.
He later allowed another catchable ball to drop next to two of his fellow defenders.
Angels defensive miscues led to at least two runs, which is at least a tad important when you consider the final margin was one.
Griffin Canning wasn’t sharp, but he was both facing a talented offense and as aforementioned didn’t get help from Ward. He allowed three runs in the first, two earned, but worked out of the jam without further damage. My opinion of Canning was that it was a pretty typical start for him, with some pitches that got away from, but he did locate well at times and the Rays were still able to hit him. Canning still has an elite arsenal of pickoff moves.
In the seventh, José Suárez walked two and allowed a third to reach on the “single,” and then Steve Cishek hit a batter. It was the winning run.
The outlook on the Angels is…not good right now!