For the final game vs the Dodgers this year, it was Reid Detmers vs Walker Buehler. This war not a fair outing at all. Really the only hope the Angels had was that they could use a Cy rookie against a team for once. That did not happen. At all. Reid Detmers in his second start went just like his first. He gets Houston next. Joy.
Trial by Fire Part 2
The Angels got a 2 out walk but that was it. Reid Detmers now had to go out there vs the Dodgers. It did not go well in the first. Back to back to back hits, a high throw on a groundball, 2 stolen bases, and a walk resulted in only 2 runs. It really could have been much, much worse. 2-0 Dodgers after 1.
Brandon Marsh got the first hit for the Angels. Reid Detmers walked, but the offense failed to score. Detmers almost got out of it in the 2nd without more damage but a groundball got by 3 defenders to bring in a third run. Then Albert Pujols hit a pinch hit 2 run home run. 5-0 Dodgers after 2.
Angels did not get shut out as Gosselin doubled in Fletcher in the third. Detmers finally had himself a clean inning in the third. 5-1 Dodgers after 3.
Despite the first two getting on, the Angels failed to get a run across. Detmers was still in there and got through the 4th no problem. Still 5-1 Dodgers.
The Angels went down quietly in the 5th vs the Dodgers ace. Despite a speedy Turner on the bases again, Reid Detmers made it through 5 innings. Still 5-1 Dodgers.
6th inning came and Upton pinch hit for Detmers with one on. He fouled out to end the inning. Detmers went 5 innings, 5 runs allowed, including a home run to Pujols.
Now the bullpen had to come in for the 6th. Who would get the ball first? Why thy best name in gut Angels system, Packy Naughton! He was called up a few days ago and made his MLB debut today! After a bloop single, he put down the next two in order. Then someone ran onto the feild. It threw him for a loop and he allowed a ground ball to get through. 6-1 Dodgers after 6.
Buehler was out of the game. Not that it mattered surf this offense. They went down in order in the seventh. Mayers had the bottom of the inning, and he gave up a 2 run home run. 8-1 Dodgers after 7.
Runners got on in the 8th, and actually got a run across with an Adell double. Ohtani pinch hit walked to load the bases for Mayfield, who grounded out to the pitcher. Selman came into pitch next and Ohtani went into the outfield. He didn’t allow more damage and it was 8-2 Dodgers heading into the 9th.
Fletcher grounded out. Eaton grounded out. Stassi struck out. The Angels are now back to .500.
After a day off tomorrow, the Angels get a double header Tuesday vs Toronto. It’s a part of a 4 game series vs the Blue Jays. Oh and Houston after that. Next week is not going to be pretty. Please drink responsibly.