Was this Andrew Heaney’s final game as an Angel? If so his bullpen blew his chances at getting a W, but there would be no L
This was a game that underscored the greatest strengths of the 2021 Angels and the greatest weaknesses. The bats were on fire with Shohei Ohtani hitting his MLB-leading 37th homerun, Justin Upton hitting his 15th Homer and Max Stassi his 9th. When the team was down and beaten late a rally of three straight singles by David Fletcher, Ohtani and Phil Gosselin put the team ahead for good.
Oh but those weaknesses… the bullpen. The Blowpen. The starting pitcher who could not throw less than a million pitches per inning and was gassed early. The Angels were ahead 7-3 at one point but… well… look they blew it and then the bats took it back. The Colorado Rockies leave Anaheim having lost 2 of 3 and now the Oakland Athletics come to town leading that last wildcard spot ahead of the Angels by 5 games.
Good luck with the trade deadline (Friday – 1:30 PM) Perry, this best of/worst of nightly showcase is a fan’s headache as much as a win with the bombs is heartening.
PHOTO of Andrew Heaney by Rex Fregosi.