It was Jamie Barria’s turn to shine as he was brought up to start today. It looked to be a disaster as he allowed back to back jacks to the first 2 batters he faced. But after that, he pitched solidly well, going a full 7 with just those 2 ER. The up and down spot starter showed off today, pitching to the defense and being effective. He could have gone 8, really. The offense was more alive this game, although waiting until the 9th to really show up beyond a few guys.
Jaime Barria the Stud
Ohtani got an infield single, and after some trickery from Simba, almost got doubled up on a fly ball. He then got caught stealing second anyway. Jaime Barria did not start things off well as the Twins hit a leadoff home run against him. Then they went back to back. 2-0 Twins after 1.
Marsh worked a 2 out walk and Max Stassi hit a triple to send him home! 2-1 Twins. Things went much better for Barria in the 2nd, putting down the Twins in order.
Angels got nothing in the 3rd. Jaime had some trouble in the 3rd, but got out of it unscathed. Still 2-1 Twins after 3.
The Angels went down in order in the 4th as well. Barria continued to put that first inning behind him and pitch well. Still 2-1 Twins after 4.
Max Stassi came through in the 5th, hitting a home run to tie the game!
Barria appreciated it, and kept the game tied in his half inning. 2-2 score through 5.
Shohei Ohtani has his swing back and launched one over the wall to give the Angels the lead!
With a lead for the first time, Barria was confident and pitched to his defense, even if Fletcher botched one. That did not matter, as he got out of it with a 3-2 lead after 6.
Angels did not add on in the 7th, but what was more surprising was that Barria went back out there in the bottom half. Joe Maddon had confidence in him and was greatly rewarded. Still 3-2 Angels after 7.
Despite getting 2 on, the Angels failed to score in the 8th, even though Ohtani got a stolen base after being IBB-ed.
Oh no, Bullpen Time
With a 1 run lead and 6 outs to go, Joe Maddon went to the bullpen, this was divisive to say the least. Steve Cishek got the call, as he was Joe’s favorite after all. After 2 quick outs, a walk made the fans panic, but he got out of it with the lead intact.
Top of the 9th saw Churches get a single, and Marsh double him home for an insurance run. Stassi singled Marsh home for another run! A missed double play kept the inning alive and Eaton stole second which set up another run as Mayfield doubled him in! 6-2 Angels going into the bottom of the 9th!
Now with a much more comfortable lead, it was Watson’s turn to finish the game. It was not a save situation, and that was fine by the fans. He did his job and secured the win, bringing the Angels back to .500.
Next for the Angels is a Rockies series. Another must win series in the easiest part of the schedule for the rest of the season. The time is now. Drink responsibly.