The Angels kicked off the stretch run tonight. On the hill to set the tone…Andrew Heaney?
The consistently inconsistent Hean-dog was matched with a a horrible home plate ump, and managed to have his usual game. The strike zone was a foot wide at least but Heaney didn’t take advantage He allowed some traffic in the first but limited the damage to one run.
Max Stassi got that run back in the home half of the second.
That was about all the early offense for the Angels but not for Seattle. They scored three in the top half of the third to take a 4-1 lead. I’m not linking douche Seager’s bomb but he hit one.
One fun story this year is the lights out play of David Fletcher. He extended his hit streak to 25 games on this double down the line.
Andrew Wantz came in to relieve Heaney and pitched a clean fifth inning and two thirds of the sixth. He looked strong and confident.
Meanwhile Seattle starter Chris Flexen was cruising, needing only 55 pitches to get through 5 innings. It looked like that might change in the sixth but Flexen stranded 2 runners to keep the score 4-1 Seattle.
Dylan Bundy entered the game in the seventh abs did Dylan Bundy things. A two run bomb by Mitch Haniger made it 6-1 Seattle. Really, Ohtani should’ve brought Dylan out as his pitcher for the Derby.
The story of the game was really Flexen. He carved up the offense outside of Stassi and cruised through the game. Fortunately they pulled him abs the Angels were able to plate Fletcher in the 8th to make it 6-2.
Seattle went to Graveman in the ninth. The Angels scored a run to make it 6-3 abs had two in for Ohtani. After a series of foul balls off high fastballs, Ohtani lined a 2-2 change up for a single to make it 6-5.
Jared Walsh stepped in to face new pitcher Seward with Ohtani representing the tying run at first. He laced a single to put runners at the corners. Gosselin flew out to right to end the game, though.
We’ll get them tomorrow!(?)”