Photo credit Rex Fregosi
The Angels opened up a short road trip to Seattle today. David Fletcher of the low OPS celebrated by hitting a lead off homer to lead off the game. That’s a 22 game hitting streak, everybody! Nice!
The Angels went out to a 3-0 lead in the early innings but coughed up a couple of runs in the 4th inning to make it a close 3-2 game for most of the way.
After the Fletcher Homer, Shohei Ohtani chopped out to second, Walsh popped out to third, and then Phil Gosselin struck out to end the Angels half of the first inning.
J.P. Crawford then doubled down the left field line on a line drive. Mitch Haniger struck out to make it one away. Kyle Seager grounded out to second. Ty France then struck out to end the first inning.
Max Stassi popped out to first. Jose Iglesias hit a triple to left center. Taylor Ward bunted quite poorly back to the pitcher making Iglesias an easy out at home plate. Juan Lagares hit a two out RBI double to right field to score Taylor Ward. Then Luis Rengifo popped out on a foul ball to the catcher to make the third out. 2-0 Angels.
Jake Fraley walked. Luis Torrens chopped out to Cobb and Fraley advanced to second base. Shed Long Jr. hit a fly out to left field and Dylan Moore was out on a fly ball to center.
David Fletcher was out on a fly ball to left field. Shohei Ohtani his his daily homer 463 feet to right field to make it 2-0. 3-0 Angels. Jared Walsh then struck out and Phil Gosselin was out on a fly ball to center field.
jake Bauers hit a fly out to center. J.P. Crawford grounded out to short. Mitch Haniger struck out.
Max Stassi grounded out to third. Jose Iglesias singled on a liner to center field. Taylor Ward hit a ground out double play to Kyle Seager.
Kyle Seager then hit a fly ball out to left field. Ty France grounded out to third base. Jake Fraley reached on a fielding error at third base by Luis Rengifo. Luis Torrens walked. Shed Long Jr. doubled to left field to score both Jake Fraley and Luis Torrens. Whereupon Dylan Moore hit a fly ball out to second base to end the inning.
Juan Lagares grounded out to the pitcher. Luis Rengifo fouled out to the second baseman. David Fletcher singled to the shortstop. Shohei Ohtani struck out. (feast or famine).
Jake Bauers lined out to right field. J.P. Crawford struck out. Mitch Haniger walked. Then Kyle Seager struck out to end the inning.
Jared Walsh grounded out to the pitcher. Phil Gosselin walked. Max Stassi was out on a fly ball to center. Jose Iglesias hit a line single to left field to advance Gosselin to third. Iglesias was having a pretty good game.
J.T. Chargois came in to pitch.
Taylor Ward then hit a fly ball out to right field to end the Angels sixth.
Ty France lined out to left-center field. Jake Fraley singled on a liner to center. Luis Torrens was out on a grounder to third but Fraley made it to second base. The Mariners then challenged the play and Luis Torrens was declared safe- first and second with one out. Watson came in to pitch. Shed Long Jr. struck out and Dylan Moore grounded out to the shortstop to end the inning.
Juan Lagares grounded out to first base. Luis Rengifo popped out to the shortstop. A guy named Misiewicz came in to pitch for Seattle at this point. David Fletcher, who also had a very good game, singled to right field. Shohei Ohtani grounded out to second base to end the Angels seventh inning.
Jake Bauers struck out. J.P Crawford walked. Steve Cishek came in to pitch. whereupon Mitch Haniger singled on a grounder to right field. Kyle Seager hit a fly ball out. Ty France singled on a ground ball to center field scoring J.P. Crawford and sending Haniger to second base. There was a mound visit, of course, with the result that Alex Claudio came in to pitch. Jake Fraley made out to end the seventh inning.
Drew Steckenrider came in to pitch. Jared Walsh singled to right field on a ground ball. Phil Gosselin struck out swinging. Max Stassi popped out to first base. Jose Iglesias reached on a fielding error by the second baseman sending Walsh to second. Taylor Ward then struck out to end the Angels eighth inning.
Jack Mayfield replaced Phil Gosselin batting 4th and playing at third. Taylor Ward went from right field to left field. Luis Rengifo went from third base to right field. (???) Mike Mayers came in to pitch.
Luis Torrens was out on a fly ball to right field. Shed Long Jr walked. Dylan Moore struck out. Jake Bauers singled on a ground ball to second.
Jose Quintana replaced Mike Mayers on the mound.
J.P. Crawford walked to load them up for Mitch Haniger who proceeded to hit a grand slam. 7-3 Seattle. Kyle Seager grounded out to first base to end the eighth inning.
Kendall Graveman came in to pitch for Drew Streckenrider. Juan Lagares struck out on 4 pitches. (Grrr!) Luis Rengifo reached on a throwing error by Kyle Seager, or so it seemed. the Mariners challenged and the play was over turned. (two outs) David Fletcher grounded out to third to end the game.
The last two innings of this game were obviously very frustrating. I hope it doesn’t ruin the rest of the weekend.
Rengifo free tonight…..
So today, R-L-R does not matter, at all
Walsh is a good choice in third hole as he protects Shohei.
Come on Perry get this done
Diamondbacks Reinstate Kole Calhoun From Injured List, Designate Nick Heath
Kole is probably happier playing in AZ, where he grew up, and has family. I would, I live here now because I had to escape California
IMHO Adell will be brought up right after the break. He’s over 250 PA’s this year in AAA and there are some encouraging signs. In The month OF July for example he seems to be cutting down on his strikeouts while increasing his contact rates : 37PA 4 K’s 2 BB .357 BA, .538 SLG . The low walk rate continues so this is a concern but it would appear he is making an effort to make contact while cutting down on his strikeouts.He is also seems to do well in close and late situations with a 1.291 OPS so I don’t think the nerves will attack him as much this time around.
I have not heard any reports on his defense this year other than he’s logged 444 innings in the outfield split fairly evenly among the 3 outfield positions . He has 4 assists but only 3 errors; none of which have been in right field .
I have to believe that the Angel brass will be promoting him to big league team very very soon. And with Ward, Gosselin & Rengifo’s abysmal defense and the uncertainty oin Trout & JUp’s return, there is a small downside with his promotion
Do it quietly. Do it same day Trout comes off IL, less attention on him. Bat him 9th. Give him the no worries, no pressure, have fun, happy talk spiel ( but tell him you better catch the fucking Ball!!! ).
I say do it.
May not be right after the break, but yeah, he’s not gonna be down till rosters expand or anything like it.
I guess you’ve all seen the bit about Mikey doing a rehab assignment before rejoining the club. So probably not right after we return from the A-S game but maybe 3 or 4 days later.
I’m actually all for this.
When in doubt raid and plunder the D-Rays…….Andrew Friedman, Chaim Bloom, James Click.
Nobody raids and plunders us!!! I think I know why.
Wow. A logo. Not even a player you retroactively wish we’d drafted…. a whole f***ing organization. Bless your heart.
here’s Joe, on the game:
“It was a tough play, but Cobb could’ve gone deeper into the game,” Maddon said. “Those are things we can’t do. We have such a small margin of error. And that permitted the comeback. We had to extend our bullpen earlier. But we also had a chance to score more than three runs. We had a nice thing going, but we gave them the momentum.”
So he agrees with all of us. He wanted Cobb to go longer because he knows what’s in the pen. And Cobb would have gone longer if not for the error.
Then why not let Cobb go longer if he was the best option at the time?
I think because the pitch count was high and it wouldn’t have been if Rengifo had made the play.
I mentioned yesterday my Cubbie friend asking me “is Joe still pulling pitchers too early and using crazy lineups?”
Yes and yes.
Merrifield to the All-Star Game so no Fletch
As predicted; they would not allow three Angels.
Eh, that’s OK. Merrifield is, ya know, better.
I thought you knew Baseball, come on while Merrifield is very good with more HR power he can’t field as well, hit with RISP as well and is not adored in the Big A as well. David’s parents in a recent preferred David at 2B. Plus East Coasters stay up later longer to see David play.
While I agree with you, the problem is that HR go “excited fans”
They are basically the same player, accept Whit is faster, steels more bases and has more power, while David fields better and is adored in the Big A, where as Whit, being a Kansas City Royal, is not. Fletchers parents also do not favor Whit. This is true. Still, it’s that damn 40pt OPS advantage Merrifield has that is probably sealing the deal.
[waiting for 2002 to post some picture of some guy he thinks we should have signed]
The entire Tampa Bay Rays organization, apparently.
Had a thought- since Rengifo is awful at 3B – how about putting Fletch there until Tony comes back. Rengifo could then play 2B where he is more comfortable?
But that leaves Rengifo’s bat in the lineup. No thanks
Fletch top-10 defender in the game at 2B, which I believe gets more chances. I’m not down
It’s an F- quality bullpen for sure
That was 1 for every run from the slam, I thought it would make me feel better but it didn’t
You weren’t EXPECTING a slam? Poor fella
Can someone please explain to me why the hell Rengifo is still on this roster?
He should be sent back to High A ball. Dude can’t hit for average, or power, or play the outfield, or play the infield apparently. He’s a train wreck on both offense and defense.
Tonight was a great example of the value Rendon brings to this team even when he isn’t hitting like we expect. He would have made that play at third base and this game would have been 3-1 in the 8th. Could have completely changed the dynamic of how Maddon managed that inning.
They probably thought he could be a good slapper hitter like Erick Aybar or Maicer Izturis
Better to be a slapper than a Flapper?
They should hold him down, shave his beard, and tell him when he can hit above .250, and play defense for 10 games without an error, then he can grow it back. Otherwise just DFA him.
This board is hilarious. The Angels win a few games: “We’re going to make a run for the playoffs!” The Angels lose a game: “We stink! Fire everyone! Blow it up!”
I am so pissed that the Angels lost. Perry Minasian should be fired if the Angels don’t make the playoffs. He put together a piece of crap bullpen. I know I am going off, but the Angels loss yesterday makes me really angry.
Well – like it or not, the team is playing much better than it did in 2020. Perry isn’t going anywhere else for awhile.
But why? Generally speaking doesn’t it take about six months to determine if a GM is any good, much like it takes about 70 games to realize a prospect is a total bust?
I had gotten used to winning again. Losing a game seriously bums me out again.
Well, we can still take 2 of 3 to win the series.
Pitchers with 1 year deals sure do like to crap themselves here and hurt their free agent value. There is probably more examples besides Q, Tehran, Harvey, and Cahill. Cobb isn’t looking too bad as a fifth starter.
Hahahaha. Fifth? Cobb is our #1 starter.
I think that would be Ohtani. Cobb is #2
You got me there, but more like a #3
We didn’t pick these guys up on one year deals to err on the side of caution. We only offered one year deals because that is all we could afford, and these are the ones that took the hook. Not a lure, no bait, just hook, because budget.
I didn’t think it could get much worse than Teheran last year. Q is doing his best to match that. I think it’s about time to cut ties with him. He’s had enough chances and things aren’t improving.
Agree. The Q experiment should end right now.
“He’s got that kind of power, that kind of talent,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said of Ohtani. “But at end of the day it’s only worth one, and [Hangier’s] was worth four. I liked [Haniger’s] a little bit better even if it didn’t go quite as far.”
The BP sucks but we knew it does.
I know they rushed up Adell last year, but running out Renfy at 3b or OF has to be stopped urgently.
Call Adell up even temporarily until Trout is certainly back and place him in OF, move Goose to 3B since he can at least hit.
The defense may slightly improve and the offense should be better.
Give RENGIFO time at SLC!!!
Pretty sure Brennon Lund is still in AAA, probably wishing he could say to Perry “am I a joke you?”
I would not be opposed to bringing Adell up for a little while. The OF defense is so bad that even he would be better.
Also, why the hell is it taking Upton so long?? Didn’t he have “lower back tightness?” That sounds alot like an issue that with stretching heat and ice should take 4-5 days max.
Just the incompetent training staff misdiagnosing his injury. Probably was worse than a lower back strain, thing buldging disk
The over/under on the scheduling of his spine fusion surgery is 2 months.
I’ll place a bet on over
Give me the under. Predicting 1 month and 29 days.
Did you know?🌈☄️ The Angels are the only team in MLB that make the incision through the elbow when performing TJS on the spine. All surgeries on players start through the elbow….the more you know.
I wonder what the team does for Colonoscopies?
Good bowel prep…in the anus, out the elbow. Always involves the elbow. Allows them to get a good look at that TJ tendon.
I Blame this loss on Rick and his reasoning for why we shouldn’t Sweep
Belligerent Bullpen Brutality, but hey: that’s who we are this year, apparently.
From the LAT wrap on the game, this quote:
Echoed Angels starter Alex Cobb: “That ball was well over 500 feet. I don’t think there’s ever been a ball put up there … I was on the bench, jaw-dropped. Put a towel over my mouth and was like, ‘I can’t believe where that ball ended up.’”