Asterisks cruise past Angels 4-1

Baseball’s favorite villains rolled through town so the fans who couldn’t boo them early in the year got a shot tonight. There wasn’t much to cheer early, but there was plenty to boo.

Patrick Sandoval started the game with a slightly better ERA than Asterisks starter Zack Greinke. Sandoval’s ERA took a hit when he gave up a grand slam to Kyle Tucker in the 4th inning. Greinke was brilliant, going 7 innings of shutout ball, giving up only 2 hits and striking out 7.

Those were the only runs of the game until Shohei Ohtani beat the shift and drive in Marsh to cut the deficit to 4-1. That run was the only one the Angels would push across the plate as David Fletcher grounded out to end the inning with runners on second and third.

I wish I had more. Just a depressing game.

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Eh. Lame loss, but I am still over all encouraged. Sandoval had a bad inning. It happens. That’s all the Astros got. Greinke owned us. It’s happened to better teams. This type of loss happens, but the game still felt more competitive than past games Vs Cole/Verlander when it didn’t even seem like we were able to put up a fight.

The Astros are still generally better than us and it sucks.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 year ago

The Astros are ‘generally better than us’ when we have Trout and Rendon in the IL.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago

Houston was missing Gurriel and Bregman. Angels are just not at the level of overall quality of the Astros, yet.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  FungoAle

Yeah. That game sucked, but at least it was a case of “we stop them, they stop us” and then Sandoval had his big pooh…. then it was back to stalemate. This beats the seven innings of ass kicking they used to give us. I hope it leads to being better than them more often next year, etc.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Gurriel and Bregman are just not at the level of overall quality of Trout and Rendon

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago

But they are two of their better bats, right? Plus, Gurriel “kills” the Angels. Astros are a better club, one would have delusions to suggest otherwise or let us say, Angels have not proved a thing to suggest otherwise. It’s not about the flashiest players. (Ref. Oakland As).

What side of the fence with Rendon are you? Most people on this site consider him a mistake. I am not one of them.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Not done side

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago

Of course, Rendon has not been himself for awhile now.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

He was fine last year. Fulfilled the expectations of providing the Angels solid hitting and lineup protection behind Trout. Hopeful Rendon will be 100% come next opening day. He can add a lot to the team.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Agree. When I said “not himself for awhile” I was fully aware that last year we did see a bit of the real Rendon. I really meant all of 2021.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 year ago

Sung to the Carmen Overature (aka bad news bears there).

Angels are win-ning
The board is so hap-py
Projecting them as champs
They will be on stamps

(The next day)

Angels are los-ing
Man this team is lame
Fletch can’t get a hit
They’ll never win a game

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

You saying CtPG is Bi-Polar?

Fansince1971
Legend
1 year ago

No…..I mean yes…..err no……yes

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

Oh well, I understand the concession folks had a good game plan and executed it flawlessly.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

I’m not down. Yes, we should have scored Stassi in the 2nd. Yes, we should have been more patient and run up Greinke’s pitch count. But we can still win 103 games this season if’n we win these last 45 games. I think I’ll go check the SLC and Rocket City boxes now.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

Good and bad news from the minors. Both our two top teams won. The Amazing Criswell wasn’t quite amazing, not finishing the 5th. He gave up 6 runs, whiffed 8, walked 3. The Bees won it 11-9 and it came at Shoey’s expense. Shoey now with an 11.57 ERA. Rengifo homered. Gatewood, too.

Rocket City won 8-4. Davis Daniel also didn’t finish the 5th, leaving with a 4-2 lead. He, too, struck out 8 with 0 walks.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

Plumber Update: Michael Stefanic had three hits tonight raising his AAA batting average to .332. This is his third straight start at shortstop after spending all of last week manning the hot corner. I suspect he’ll get to move all around the infield at the Big League level when rosters expand on September 1st.

Twebur
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’d start him in the outfield too, work on it over the winter….make him the next Rengifo, so we don’t need to see Rengifo.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Twebur

make him the next Rengifo Zobrist.

There. FIFY.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Is there a formal ceremony to convert to Zobrism?

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Fletch did very well in that role. A additional ‘Fletch’ would be amazing.

John Henry Weitzel
Editor
Super Member
1 year ago

Remember when the offense wasn’t the problem?

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago

Remember Troutani?

Chap24
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Just wanted to stop by and give Fletch a shout out!…perfect part of the year to slump. Final nail in our coffin.

eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Chap24

That is a comment that thing Zack is ass

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago

1-home run in 7 games. We need PEDs. Pitching was good tonight but not good enough.

DowningDude
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Could also use trash cans. 🗑

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago

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Mia
Legend
Mia
1 year ago

Well that was fun for the first few innings.

DowningDude
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

I had a blast until I saw Greinke take the mound. Had no idea who was pitching prior to seeing him trot out there. FML

Mia
Legend
Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Gotta say, I did enjoy watching him pitch, though.

UtahAlumnus
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Hopeless. Just hopeless. There’s always next year. Football is close at least.