In the last game in Oakland for 2021, the Angels had to deal with a day game with Suarez on the mound. He has looked good, but it takes more than 1 player to win in baseball. It also takes more than the on field umps as they blew 3 calls on the day that had to be overturned. Also it takes an offense that can score, and a bullpen that does not suck. This was a rough one.
No Support for Suarez
The Angels started rather quietly with only an Ohtani walk of note. Jose Suarez had himself a 1-2-3 first inning in response.
A couple of runners got on in the second, but they couldn’t get them in. Suarez mowed down the A’s again in order to keep it scoreless through 2.
Fletcher got on due to an error, and stole second, but that wait for the Angels in the 3rd. At least Jose Suarez looked great. 9 up. 9 down. Scoreless after 3.
Back to back bloops with 2 outs gave the Angels a chance, but nothing came out of it. Things were cruising for Suarez, until a 3-2 fastball with 2 outs to Olsen. A home run was the first run of the game. 1-0 A’s after 4.
The Angels continued to hate hitting in Oakland as 1-2-3 went don in order in the 5th. Suarez allowed a hit, but got through the 5th, still 1-0 A’s.
Brandon Marsh stole a base, alas, he was stranded there. Second game in a row no scoring in the first 6 innings. Things didn’t go well in the bottom of the 6th either. It wasn’t spiraling out of control, but after 1 in and 2 on with 2 outs, Maddon had enough. 5 and 2/3, just 2 ER.
Mike Mayers came in to get the final out in the 6th. He immediately gave up a 2 run double. Sure they are charged to Suarez, but no, that was Mayers’ fault. Ground ball after ground ball for Suarez, but Maddon pulls him. 4-0 A’s after 6.
Rengifo got a hit, but again, no runs. Guerra had the 7th, he did well, until he got 2 outs. Then he allowed hit after hit after hit after hit. 6-0 A’s after 7.
Marsh got a hit, and Ward walked with 2 outs, both were stranded. Joe Maddon had it and got himself ejected yelling at the umps. His parting gift was putting Bundy on the mound. He was not terrible for once, and got out of the inning without making it worse.
Like the rest of the game, the Angels refused to score and ended up getting shutout. It was a pathetic outing.
The Angels are off tomorrow before facing the Twins for 4. A sweep is necessary for any hope for this season. Please drink responsibly.