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.
I hope last night was Heaney’s last game because I have been done with him for awhile.
Like Scioscia Heaney was given WAY too much leeway by this organization. And it cost us MANY games.
Perry needs to become ruthless and unforgiving. We can’t, can’t ever again carry deadweight like a Heaney for years on end….
And likewise there is no way someone like Dylan Bundy should be allowed to start a game as important as tonight. Would the A’s ever throw out a starter like this in a key division game that gives them no chance to win??
The answer is no.
Wait just a minute… you want to SELL Heaney? Noted 😀
(take a chill-pill, bro, it was a joke)
Ha ha. I never said anything about “selling.” I have never once recommended that we “sell” ( a synonym for “giving away” as well as other things) or suggest we accept the label of “seller.”
However, I would not be opposed to DFA’ing Heaney. I also would not be opposed to trading him ( but I am not saying that we should be ” sellers.”)
Potato. po-ta-toe. Back-pedalling like Deion Sanders, there … got it.
Aside: I’ll use my “sarcasm” “S” and add it to your misspelling of my Grandfather’s tongue (capice => capisce).
I am not Italian. Close should be good enough. And I know you are not a grammar/spelling nazi Downing.
He may not be the “grammer/spelling nazi”, but he is the……
Winning ugly is still a win. I’m not about to get picky at this point in the season regarding how the win happens.
One last thought for the night. Shohei’s bat flip is getting more exaggerated.
I think it’s more of a safety issue……the wood is so hot, could cause burns to his hands. Needs to free it ASAP.
It could melt steel beams. Save Anaheim Stadium
That explains why my woman keeps her distance at night. Who needs to see a shrink when I have the internet to sort out my ills
Great, we’ve been Bundy’ed tomorrow night.
How can this even be an option if the object is to be competitive, and win? The A’s should protest their win due to the Angels not upholding the integrity of the game.
Yeah but he’s due
Is he due? Or, doo….doo?
Not how the game works, I see what you’re saying. But the thing is even if he does decent, the pen sucks. The only hope for the Angels winning is the starters going six or seven. The game is already over.
Bundy can go 17-25 pitches, so not quite two outs
Angels are going to file for an exemption waiver to allow Bundy to use the sticky stuff. 😀
winners! 51-50. Only need to go 39-22 to win 90.
Not often pretty, frequently ugly, in spite of a horrific bullpen and shit load of injuries………
these guys show up and play hard just about every game with some grit.
.640 ball is what it takes. With Trout, Walsh and Rendon all healthy I think there would be a chance. Without them….winning at a 13 of every 20 clip will be…..well…..extremely unlikely.
Only 9 more straight wins for the 10 game win streak that will turn this season around.
Don’t see that so much. Maybe 80 to 85 wins?
Isnt this a strike?
Gotta say tonight’s gamethread was fairly enjoyable. No one got super mad at the bullpen meltdown, and instead we turned it into a nice discussion about Angels, the bullpen, and life. Good stuff 👍
Saving the meltdown for tomorrow morning…..
I couldn’t even boo Cishek. He should’ve given up just 1 and shoulda been out of it if not for the botched DP. Fun game anyway.