Jaime Barria pitched against Luis Garcia tonight. How did that go? Well, I’ll tell you. At least Kyle Tucker is not here due to COVID protocol.
Altuve struck out. Brantley and Correa both grounded out to first.
Shohei Ohtani homered on the third pitch he saw, which was a changeup down in the zone. His league leading 39th home run to make it 1-0 Angels. Quite satisfying. David Fletcher singled to center field. We’re on a roll, folks! Then Fletcher easily stole second base. Jared Walsh singled in David Fletcher. It’s 2-0 Angels, and no outs. Unfortunately, Max Stassi grounded into a double play at this point. Jose Iglesias went down 0-2 and ended up striking out on four pitches.
Yordan Alvarez singled on a line drive to left field. Aledmys Diaz also single to left. Yuli Gurriel came up and lined out to Marsh. A Double play ball by Chas McCormick ends the Astros half of the second inning. Time to pile on.
Marsh hit safely for a single. Perhaps he doesn’t suck. He’s just streaky. He stole second base while Adell was batting. Adell hit a fly ball to shallow right for an out and Marsh couldn’t advance. Adam Eaton struck out. Jack Mayfield popped out to first to end this inning. We failed to pile on.
Jo Adell made a highlight reel play on Jason Castro. One out. Then, an apparent homer by Jake Myers got the Astros on the board. (2-1 Angels). Altuve doubled (also on a slider). Michael Brantley singled to short. Altuve only made it third base. Correa hit a sacrifice fly where a very crappy throw by Adell allowed the Astros to tie the game. Adell giveth and Adell taketh away. Yordan Alvarez doubled to give the Astros the lead. Aldmys Garcia walked to bring up Yuli Gurriel. He hits it out to left and Jo Adell made another good play to end the inning. (3-2 Astros)
Shohei Ohtani hit a missile at the pitcher for a hit. Fletcher hit an easy pop fly to right for an out. Then Shohei Ohtani stole second base quite easily. Max Stassi struck out. Jose Iglesias was out on a 5-4 fielder’s choice to leave two LOBsters.
A lead off hit by Chas McCormick chased Barria right away and Selman was brought in in relief. Jason Castro was batting while Chas McCormick was picked off. One out. Castro popped into left field and it was caught by Jose Iglesias. On a full count, Jake Myers hit a fly ball out to Brandon Marsh that might have been a homer but it was just an out. (Thank you Marsh.)
Brandon Marsh hit a sort of a liner to Altuve for an out. Jo Adell went for a little ground and pound past the mound for a hit. Eaton hit a fly ball to left for out number two. Then Jo Adell grounded out to second for the third out. We’re still losing.
Jose Altuve came up and bounced out to Jose Iglesias. Michael Brantley got hit by a pitch. Then Joe Maddon went for another pitching change. Junior Guerra came in to pitch for Sam Selman. From this point out it gets kind of stupid. Carlos Correa struck out. Yordan Alvarez doubled to Adam Eaton scoring Michael Brantley. Aledmys Diaz struck out.
Not to be outdone, Shohei Ohtani also struck out. David Fletcher walked. A wild pitch advanced David Fletcher to third base. Jared Walsh walked. Max Stassi struck out to make it two outs and runners at the corners. Jose Iglesias grounded out to end the inning.
Yuli Gurriel walked. Chas McCormick also walked. I’m sensing a motif here. Jason Castro singled to load them up. (Motif?) Jake Meyers hit a grand slam to make it 8-2 Astros. Jose Altuve then walked. Michael Brantley then struck out. Carlos Correa singled on a liner to center. We now bring in Jose Quijada to pitch for Guerra. Yordan Alvarez grounded out to Mayfield. Then Aledmys Diaz struck out.
But that’s OK (NOT) since Brandon Marsh struck out as well. Jo Adell popped out to the first baseman while Adam Eaton also struck out.
Hey! Check it out! We struck out Yuli Gurriel. Then we struck out Chas McCormick. Jason Castro didn’t want to strike out so he hit a fly out to Jo Adell.
Blake Taylor replaced Brooks Raley ast the Astros pitcher. Jack Mayfield singled on a liner to right. Shohei hit a fly ball out to center. Then David Fletcher was out on a fly ball to center.
Mike Mayers comes in now to replace Jose Quijada. I guess it was a day late to bring in Jason Vorhees. Mike Mayers gets Jake Meyers to fly out to center field and Jose Altuve did the same. Michael Brantley then singled to center, whereupon Carlos Correa found it in his heart to fly out to David Fletcher.
Phil Maton replaced Blake Taylor as the pitcher. Six outs to get six runs against the Astros. That’s totally doable, right? Everybody just keeps hitting safely like that Bugs Bunny cartoon. The Mighty Max Stassi walked. I guess they were all not his style. Jose Iglesias hit a fly ball out to Jake Meyers. Brandon Marsh singled to right, driving Stassi to second base. Can Jo Adell get us within three? Nope! Strikeout! Adam Eaton then gounded out to second base to complete the eighth inning suck fest.
Yordan Alvarez flied out to center. Aledmys Diaz also flied out to center. Yuli Gurriel flied out to the right fielder. I guess they were exercising their frequent flier miles.
So here we go! Six or more runs in one inning against the Astros. No problem! Yimi Garcia is in here to pitch. So Jack Mayfield struck out. We are trying to get them over confident. That’s what it is. Shohei Ohtani lined out to left. Now I think they are a little too confident. David Fletcher singled to center. That’s cool. I’ll take it under the circumstances. Jared Walsh then grounded out to first to end the game. Oh well!
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