Today is dual wield Ohtani day. Starting on the mound and leading off. If there was one player that could single handedly win a game, it would be him. An ace pitcher and a leadoff hitter who can hit it farther than anyone. Baseball is a team sport, but making it less so is what Ohtani is trying to do. It would be nice if he didn’t need to, however. Fortunately, today, the offense did things on their own, putting a great weight off his shoulders.
Ohtani got two outs fast but a Vlad jr hit snuck under Gosselin’s glove. He got a flyout to end the inning, however. Shohei went right back out there to lead off for the offense. Ohtani hit a double. Fletcher popped up to first, but Vlad Jr botched it. Runners on the corners for a Walsh, who popped up to the pitcher. Gosselin walked to load the bases for Upton, who popped up. Infield fly rule this time. Churches turn. He popped up. Ohtani hit a double and didn’t score thanks to 4 pop ups to the infield. No score after 1.
2nd Inning Blitz
While the first two outs were uneventful, the third took a great effort by Jo Adell.that was good for Shohei, as a quick 1-2-3 second inning meant he could finally sit down.
Adell started the inning off with a walk, then Marsh doubled, putting runners at second and 3rd with no outs. Suzuki hit a sac fly to put a run on the board! Ohtani walked to put 2 on for Fletcher.
But before that, the Angels third base coach felt ill and left the game. Or he had the runs. Or something. He left under his own power but had to leave for some reason.
Anyway, Fletcher walked to load the bases for Walsh. He hit it up the middle to drive in 2 more runs! Gosselin then got a hit as well for yet another run! 4-0 Angels after 2!
Ace with the Lead
After a leadoff walk, Ohtani got 2 groundballs to get 3 outs and send the offense back out there. Churches led off the 3rd with a single, Adell stuck out, Marsh grounded out, 2 outs, runner on second for Suzuki, who got a hit! Ohtani flied out to end the inning. 5-0 Angels after 3.
A walk and a wild pitch put a runner on second for Vlad Jr. He struck out. Unfortunately the next better didn’t, instead hitting a single to drive in a run. Then a double brought in another. 5-2 Angels. The Angels went down in order for the first time this game. 5-2 Angels after 4.
Ohtani had a much better 5th, setting the side down in order.
Churches had a one out double in the button half to chase the Jays starter from the game. Adell hit a single up the middle to drive in a run! 6-2 Angels after 5.
Besides a walk to Vlad Jr, Ohtani made quick work of the Blue Jays offense in the 6th, capping it off with a great strikeout.
He then led off the bottom half, striking out himself. Fletcher popped up for out 2. A Walsh hit and a Gosselin walk put runners on first and second. But, Gosselin got picked off to end the inning. Still 6-2 Angels after 6.
Bullpen or Blowpen?
Ohtani’s day was done. He pitched 6 innings, gave up 2 runs, while also scoring himself. It was up to the bullpen now. Warren came in to pitch the 7th, also Mayfield took over at 3B. It seemed to be the right choice with 3 quick outs. The Angels didn’t do anything in the bottom half either.
Lagares entered the game to play LF as Warren pitched in the 8th as well. It was not as quick as the 7th, giving up a walk after 2 outs. Maddon has had enough and brings in D-Cell to get the final 4 outs. He strikes out Vlad Jr to end the half inning. The Angels do not add on and go to the 9th up 6-2.
D-Cell had 3 outs to go. First out flyout. But then a solo home run to the next batter, right as Gubi jinxed it. Second out strikeout. Third out groundout. Angels win!
The Angels have 3 vs the Astros this weekend starting with Sandoval on Hawaiian night. This will be a not fun time most likely. But hey, anything could happen right? Please drink responsibly.