Jaime Barria is on the bump vs the A’s in the 3rd game of the series. With the injuries and trades, his time to shine is now. And shine he did. 6 and 2/3 shutout innings against a very great A’s team. Gave the Angels a chance to win. The offense however, did not seem to want to win, scoring just 1 run. The pitchers would have to be perfect to win.
The game started with a HBP by Barria. That did not go anywhere, however, and he got out of the inning no problem. Offensvely, Cole Irvin went through 1-3 1-2-3. Scoreless after 1.
Barria shut down the A’s in order in the second. The Angels gave Irvin some trouble in the bottom of the inning, but alas, continued to not score. 0-0 after 2.
A scary 3rd with 2 on and 2 outs for Barria ended with relief as he kept the A’s off the board. Then, after literal games of not scoring, the Angels finally put a run across vs Oakland. Ohtani doubling in Thaiss! 1-0 Angels after 3.
Jaime Barria had a lead and acted like it, shutting down the A’s in the 4th. The Angels got action going in the bottom of the 4th, but were unable to capitalize. Still 1-0 Angels after 4.
For the 5th, Jaime seemed to be cruising, and got through the inning quickly to send the offense back out there. Unfortunately, the offense didn’t like being out there and went down easy. Still 1-0 Angels after 5.
The 6th came and the 6th went, with Jaime Barria still on the mound. While he did give up a double, the lead was still there. Not that it seemed to be appreciated, as the offense went down in order. Still 1-0 Angels after 6.
7th time and Barria was still out there. Well, it may have been too much. With 2 outs, he loaded the bases, unable to find the zone. Still, 6 and 2/3 scoreless innings vs one of the best teams in baseball was a great outing!
Don’t Blow it please
Unfortunately, anyone besides D-Cell would be a bad move and he couldn’t pitch THIS much. So Maddon put in his favorite, Cishek. He immediately gave up a line drive right on the screws. Luckily, it was caught by Gosselin.
Now the Angels had to face their old friend Petit. A pitcher they just let walk for some reason.
He shut down the Angels, keeping it at 1-0 After 7. 6 outs to go for the bullpen, an insurance run or 5 would have been handy.
Quijada was now in and it did not go pretty. He let one on, but got a double play. So far not bad, except Laureano was up. The A’s player who has single handedly wrecked the Angels. And he scorched one, almost a home run. A ball that would be a home run in 25 other parks. Maddon pulled him for D-Cell for the 4 out save. He got the out of it with a flyout. Exhale.
Ohtani was up first in the bottom of the 8th. He struck out. Gosselin up next, he flew out. Churches grounded out to end the inning. Still 1-0 Angels after 8.
9th inning time, 3 outs to go. No room for error. First batter, strikeout. Second batter, a flyout. Third batter, strikeout. Angels win!
The Angels face Oakland again tomorrow at 1PM. July is in the books now, 2 months to go. No Waiver trade deadline, the team is what it is now. Drink responsibly.