It is Jaime Barria vs Baltimore in the last game of the series. He went 3 and a third, giving up only 1 when on the mound, not ideal for a bullpen that has been overworked and not good. The offense decided not to show up either. Only Ohtani could score vs the Baltimore starter, one of the worst in baseball.
Giving up a grand slam a day after giving up 4 runs in his Angels debut really did not endear Jake Petricka to Angels fans at all. Disgusting.
The Angels ruined Baltimore’s streak and need to win to get the series win. Barria had not had the best start the last couple of weeks, and was needed today to go deep with how bad the bullpen has been.
Barely there Barria
Angels begin with a bang as Shohei Ohtani hits home run 41! A much needed hit as Shohei has not looked comfortable at the plate the last 2 games.
Barria had a quick 1-2-3 first to start his outing. 1-0 Angels after 1.
Kurt Suzuki started the 2nd with a HBP and advanced to 2nd on an error by the LF on an Adell flyout. It was for naught as Marsh, Mayfield, and Lagares all struck out.
Jaime gave up a walk, but nothing else. Still 1-0 Angels after 2.
Ohtani walked to lead off the 3rd, but was stranded there with Fletcher, Gosselin, and Walsh not even advancing him.
Barria gave up a leadoff double to Jones and then allowed a single which tied the game at 1. 1-1 After 3.
Suzuki had a leadoff walk in the 4th. A Adell lineout, Marsh strikeout, and Mayfield strikeout made that moot as he was left stranded.
Things did not go well for Barria in the 4th. A single a walk, and a single would have given Baltimore the lead but Lagares nailed the runner at the plate. That was enough for Maddon who pulled him right after that. Barria went 3 and a 3rdm, giving up 1 but left with 2 on and only 1 out.
Bullpen Blowpen Game
Maddon went to Andrew Wantz first as the game turned into a bullpen heavy one again. A strikeout and pop up ended Baltimore’s threat. 1-1 After 4.
Lagares bunted for a single to lead off the 5th. Ohtani flied out, Lagares was picked off, and Fletcher grounded out to waste a leadoff baserunner for the 4th straight inning.
Elvis was in the building and on the mound to pitch the 5th. He got a flyout for the first out. But then a walk, stolen base, and another walk was dangerous. A flyout was followed by a single to give Baltimore the lead. A double drove in another run. A walk loaded the bases and that was enough. Maddon pulled Elvis down 3-1. Elvis has left the building.
Jake was back after blowing the game yesterday, this time down 2 already. Coming in bases loaded 2 outs was dicey as it can be and he gave up a grand slam on the first pitch. Wow. 7-1 Baltimore. He got the groundout a batter too late and the Angels were down 6 after 5.
Angels offense just gave up in the 6th, laying down by going down in order for the first time on the day, deflated by being down 6.
Q was up next because Madddon had officially gave up on the game. He somehow doesn’t give up a run, allowing only a double. Still 7-1 Baltimore after 6.
Again, the offense tried to end the game by going down 1-2-3 in the 7th, not wasting time and hacking at the first pitch.
Out for the 7th was Q again, just eating innings and making things worse. Just Q things. Another run was expected and he came through. 8-1 Baltimore after 7.
Just 1 run vs one of the worst starters in baseball, the Angels offense was horrendous. Ohtani walked but once again, he was stranded.
James came in to end this miserable game. The defense had other ideas, as an error put the leadoff guy on. And another error put runners at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. So of course the next batter singled them both in. 10-1 Baltimore. He got the next 2 out, but then allowed a single and a double and another single. 13-1 Baltimore.
The Angels ended the game in the 9th by going down with a whimper. Walsh groundout, Suzuki flied out, and Adell struck out. Angels lose and lost ugly.
Angels get 2 at home vs the Padres and have an of day Sunday. Maybe take that day off to enjoy things besides baseball. We all need a break from this team. Please drink responsibly.