This game started out where yesterday left off. The Angels were three up/three down in the first inning. It’s becoming a trAdition. For the Guardians, Rosario hit a solid single on a changeup. Then Upton gunned down Rosario trying to score from first on a double (via Fletcher cutoff). They got guys on first and second and then did a double steal. I wish Detmers would pay a little better attention to those guys on second base. With the bases loaded, he got soft contact to Fletcher who tossed to First to keep it 0-0.
In the second inning the Angels once again went three up/three down but so did Cleveland.
Jack Mayfield stepped up with a two out double to bring up Shohei Ohtani who then struck out to end the Angels half of the third. Myles Straw got a bloop single to start the Cleveland half of the third. Rosario sent a single through the right side and Straw to third. Ramirez hit a three run homerun to make it 3-0. So much for the pitcher’s duel. Mercado doubles to add insult to injury. Alright Cleveland stole the third base in three innings. I think that’s a bad trend. Detmers got the third out to make it 3-0 Cleveland heading into the fourth inning.
Unfortunately, the Angels once again went three up/three down. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Joe Maddon hooked Reid Detmers in favor of Andrew Wantz who got a routine fly ball out for the third out. Still 3-0.
The Angels went three up/ three down in the top of the fifth to keep the trAdition alive. So did the Cleveland team. *trying to stay awake*
The Angels went three up/ three down in the top of the sixth to keep the trAdition alive. The mighty Shohei struck out. In the bottom of the sixth, Joe Maddon replaced Wantz with Mike Mayers who got a double play ball to end the sixth.
The Angels apparently did nothing in the seventh while I was zoning out. In the Cleveland half of the seventh, Rosario hit a homer to make it 4-0 Guardians. Cishek came in and walked Jose Ramirez before Franmuil Reyes and Oscar Mercado hit safely. This is beyond ridiculous. Why did I volunteer to write this? Sam Selman came in to replace Cishek and gave up an RBI hit. (5-0 Cleveland)
Jose Iglesias walked to chase McKenzie. Marsh doubled to place runners at second and third. Adell hit into a fielder’s choice to score Iglesias. (5-1 Cleveland). Mayfield hit into an inning ending double play.
Ernie Clement lined out to Marsh. Straw singled. Amed Rosario lined out and then Rosario lined out to end the inning.
Emmanuel Clase came in to close out the game. The first two Angels made out to leave Justin Upton as potentially the last batter. Upton struck out to end the game. Sorry! That’s all Folks. At least we got a run.