Andrew Heaney was on the bump today. Against a tough Red Sox lineup, it would be a challenge. Especially with how inconsistent he was. What happened was Andrew Heaney’s career in one game. He was good, until he went bad. Looked like an ace with no hit innings, and looked like a 5th starter with no longevity. Andrew lasted 5 and a third, 3 earned, although one was an inherited runner, and improved greatly over his last start.
With a great offense though, that is all he needed to be, That is, if the bullpen doesn’t explode from overuse.
Heaney started the game by walking the leadoff batter. Fortunately, it didn’t turn into anything this time.
Fletcher led off the bottom half with a single, extending his hit streak to 21! Ohtani singled as well and a wild pitch puts them at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Walsh got an RBI groundout and the Angels scored the first run of the game. Gosselin hit Ohtani in for the second run. All 3 hits were doinks into the outfield. 2-0 Angels after 1.
Heaney had himself a 1-2-3 second inning, building confidence. The bottom of the second gave the Angels another opportunity for runs with 2 on for Ohtani. He struck out. Still 2-0 Angels after 2.
Andrew Heaney had another 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd, sending the offense back out there. The Angels got 2 on with 2 outs but didn’t score. Still 2-0 Angels after 3.
Things did not go quite so smoothly for Heaney in the 4th, allowing 2 on, but he got out of it without any damage. The offense went down in order for the first time today. Still 2-0 Angels after 4.
More trouble in the 5th as Heaney started to lose it. Not that it was entirely his fault. 2 were on and a botched play deep in the outfield by Gosselin allowed a run to score on what should have been a sac fly anyway. Boston was on the board now. Another hit scored another run and it was a tied game.
The bullpen was warming up and Heaney had to muscle his way through the inning, but he made it out of there without giving up the lead at least. Not that he had much left in him as the pitch count was way up there now.
Ohtani led off the bottom of the 5th by fouling a ball off his foot. Then he fouled one off his knee. But that did not stop him as he crushed one over the wall and jogged around the bases. He now had the record for the most home runs in a season by a Japanese born player in MLB history.
Not to be outdone, Walsh went back to back, sending one over the CF wall onto the fake grass. 4-2 Angels after 5.
Heaney went back out there and gave up a lead off double. At over 100 pitches, it was amazed that Maddon sent him back out there. With how badly the Angels need starters to go deep, he may had to risk it.
Andrew Heaney went 5 and a third, allowing 2 runs. He was responsible for the runner on second base as Cishek came in to finish the inning.
It is Bullpen Time
Cishek gave up the run because of course he did, but got a double play that was held up in review to keep the lead intact. Heaney could have done that. In the bottom of the 6th, the Angels did squat, 4-3 Angels.
Maddon sent Cishek back out there and while he gave the fans a scare, he did not surrender the lead. Walsh hit his second home run of the game, the 22nd of the season and increased the lead to 5-3 Angels.
Mayers was in for the 8th and things went south fast. A ball over Rengifo who was now in RF, and another one hit to him gave Boston another run. Thankfully, he did not surrender the lead. 5-4 Angels.
The Angels got nothing in the bottom of the 8th, leaving it as a 1 run lead for D-Cell, who had pitched a lot this series. He struck out the first batter. Then he struck out the second batter. And then he struck out the 3rd batter! Angels win the game and the series!
After a day off, the Angels face the Mariners for the final series of the first half. Mike Trout will miss this, which is unfortunate. Please drink responsibly.