Angels 3 Rockies 12
The Angels, who entered the game debating whether to buy or sell at the midseason trade deadline, may have gotten a decisive answer tonight.
The game got off to a Rocky start, with Halos starter Jose Suarez surrendering a hit, walk, and balk in the first inning, compounded by several errors courtesy of Jack Mayfield’s uncharacteristically poor fielding. Colorado quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead, which grew to 5-0 in the 3rd, then 9-0 in the 4th – an all-around hit parade tonight for the Rox, who battered and bruised the Angels’ brass for 16 hits and two home runs. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon were pulled for reserves as the game got out of hand.
Shohei Ohtani smashed a humungous home run off COL starter Austin Gomber. Gomber had a terrific outing with six innings of two-run ball with seven strikeouts and two walks, but Ohtani’s 463-foot slam may have made a mark. Gomber was in awe, as we all were.
Meanwhile, there wasn’t much else to look forward to as an Angels fan. A potential seventh inning bases-loaded rally was squashed, and the ninth inning didn’t turn out much differently. Sandwiched in there, however, was the story of the game in reliever (!) // outfielder Adam Eaton.
Eaton spun a magnificent outing in his sole inning of work. He finessed Rockies hitters with a fastball maintaining 89 mph, dropping in a beautiful 12 to 6 curve and painting the corners. By the looks of it, you wouldn’t be able to even tell Eaton is an outfielder by trade! Eaton has clearly been waiting for this moment and he didn’t disappoint. Let’s hope there’s more where that came from.