Patrick Sandoval gets the final game of the series vs the Rays. He was doing great until he had a rough 6th and was pulled. Still, he gave up only 1 when actually pitching, and had a no-no going. Thankfully, the offense came through even when the bullpen struggled, especially Ohtani, who was a single short of the cycle again.
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Fletcher lead off with a hit and that is all that the Angels could muster. Sandoval had a 1-2-3 inning to start his start.
Angels reply by doing the same. Rays see that and get a 2 out walk to shake things up. But that was it.
Still scoreless and the Angels got a lucky double by Ward. A HBP and things were looking well… but ends on an unlucky inning ending double play. The old “4-1-2 pop up throw away the ball and throw out at home” one. AT least Sandoval didn’t give up a run either.
Ohtani walked to lead off the 4th, then he stole second. Off a lefty. Gosselin singled him in to give the Angels the lead! Sandoval also gave up a walk, but he was thrown out at second. Still 1-0 Angels.
The Angels went down in order, unfortunately, the Rays hit a home run to tie the game.
A response came with a Fletcher single and an Ohtani double to give the Angels the lead again. Two hits and Sandoval was yanked in the 6th, up 2-1 but with runners on.
Mike Mayers came in, as someone who does much better on the road, he may get out of this. Instead, he gave up a 3 run home run. 4-2 Rays.
Ward doubled to lead off the 7th, he scored on a double by Lagares that was almost a catch. Ohtani tripled him in and it was a tied game! Mayers allowed traffic so Maddon pulled him for Watson. That worked as the Angels got out of it still 4-4.
8th inning of a close game and Gosselin came through with a solo shot. 5-4 Angels.
Watson got 2 outs in the 8th but Maddon wanted D-Cell to get the 4 out save. The first out was fast and easy, so it was up to the offense to add on.
That add on run was an Ohtani opposite field blast. A single away from the cycle.
With a 2 run lead, D-Cell had some wiggle room. He didn’t need it as he shut them down and secured the win!
The Angels go to NY next, taking a 37-40 record with them. Under .500 but not swept! Please drink responsibly.