Angels Blowpen Blows it vs Baltimore Again

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.

Recap

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.

Ohtani has hit very well in games after he pitches

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

Andrew Wantz

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 Peguero

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 Petricka

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.

Jose Quintana

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 Hoyt

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.

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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.

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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BTW – for those who believe Barria is anything more than 8 or 9 on a 5-man starting rotation, I only have three words for you:

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Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
1 month ago

Ohtani now tied for 3rd all-time, Angels HRs in a season. His HR today surpassed Pujols’ 40. He’s now tied with Trout (2015) and Glaus (2001). Four to go to match Trout’s high, 6 to match Glaus’ team record.

Cowboy26
Super Member
1 month ago

On a more positive note: From the Tri City dusty Pacific Northwest, Sam Bachman Turned Over the line up almost 2 times tonight, pitching 4 shutout innings giving up only 2 hits while striking out 3. He threw exactly 50 pitches while facing 15 batters.

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rosstrade
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1 month ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Great news…..

Brent
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1 month ago

Really is the dog days of summer…

YOUknowulovetheIE
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1 month ago
Reply to  Brent

Starbucks has pumpkin shit now, it’s official fall 🥴

Designerguy
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1 month ago

Angels 2021 Baseball

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Designerguy

Still not big enough to represent the 2021 season

Twebur
Super Member
1 month ago

I guess the ghost of Elvis is better than Dr. Doolittle.

Mariners PR
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Mariners roster moves:
Sean Doolittle, LHP, claimed off waivers from Cincinnati.
Keynan Middleton, RHP, designated for assignment.

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Twebur

With the ghost of a bullpen that we have, we might see Keynan back just to eat a few innings in Sept. For better or worse.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
1 month ago

33 games left. This will test us.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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No test, we just need to embrace the humor of it all….

UtahAlumnus
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Ok just saw the score. I keep staring at it but I can’t figure what it says. It’s almost like we lost 1-13 to the Orioles. That can’t be right. I think I need sleep.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  UtahAlumnus

Take two asprin and call me in the morning.

James
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1 month ago
Reply to  UtahAlumnus

You are mistaken. It was 13-1. Everything is fine so cheer up.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Wow. Well, Elvis, you never forget your first time eh?

GrandpaBaseball
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1 month ago

 😂 

nishiogawakun
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1 month ago

Blazing hot take: We really are not that good.

2pints
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1 month ago

At this point I’m going to be fine with every loss in the hopes it gets us a better draft pick. I don’t care about finishing the season at .500. That is a completely arbitrary accomplishment that does nothing for the team except let worse teams have better draft positioning. I’ll cheer for the players to play well, especially Ohtani, Fletcher, Walsh and the kids. Thats about all I can do now.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  2pints

My brain totally knows you’re right. I still want to finish .500, but it’s probably not a good idea. I want .500 to shut up the wankers who will bitch about (no matter who’s injured) numbers of losing seasons. Thing is, bitches gonna bitch. It’s not like being one game over .500 will satisfy anyone, especially the “demand a champion” crowd.

So why bother? Those teams we play in Sept will almost certainly see that we draft in the top 12 whether I like it or not. I just hope guys like DetMarDell get a good taste of the MLB and come out strong next year. We’ll just have to make a sudden leap to championships instead of hitting .500 on the way I guess.

DowningDude
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1 month ago

Sudden leaps sound really cool.

GrandpaBaseball
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1 month ago
Reply to  DowningDude

You have to have dry leaps before you roll them, oops I thought you said leafs or would that that be leaves?

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 month ago

Dry Heaves?

2pints
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1 month ago

Yeah, losing the series while giving up 31 runs to a team that had lost 19 in a row just made me decide that I don’t care about finishing .500. They could still do it, who knows. But I don’t care if they do.

Let the kids continue to get a taste of the bigs, let Ohtani keep having the single greatest season for a player in the history of MLB, and let the team’s huge investments get healthy for next season (Trout, Rendon and I guess Upton).

If this team can have some luck with injuries next season, while improving the pitching a little bit, I still think they can compete for a WC. Lots has to break their way, but it can happen.

Halo71
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1 month ago

I don’t care about winning seasons, I care about making the playoffs. If you don’t do that, the season is a failure.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Halo71

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matthiasstephan
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1 month ago

I want a better record than last year. Doing that without Trout or Rendon, without our starting RF, with having to revamp both the rotation and bullpen during the year, would be a nice launching point for a good 2022.

Halo71
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1 month ago

I want to make the playoffs. It’s been seven years, I’ve had enough of stepping stones and moral victories

GrandpaBaseball
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1 month ago
Reply to  2pints

Don’t worry, be happy that we have no chance of finishing at .500. As for the draft there are plenty of teams ahead of us now. By the end of the season we may come in at 6 o7 place in the draft.

2pints
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1 month ago

No worries here Grandpa!

Also, just wanted to tell you that every time I see you post it reminds me of my grandpa who passed away in 2001. He moved from Michigan to Anaheim in 1961 and is the main reason my family is an Angels family. My most clearest memories of him are him sitting in his garage drinking Budweiser and chain smoking while watching Angels games on his tiny TV that sat way further away from him then it had to. I’ll always be sad he passed the year before the Halos won the WS. Glaus was his favorite player, he would’ve really enjoyed the run he and the team went on. So thanks for the memories Gramps.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  2pints

You are a lucky man that you can say you and Grampa had a close relationship in that a lot of young people do not feel comfortable being around retired folks. I am glad to bring memories that are pleasant for you. I am just as lucky that my kids and 9 grand kids are happy to be around me. Now take my wife, no, please…..just joking.

2pints
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1 month ago

 😂 

FungoAle
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1 month ago
Reply to  2pints

I’ve been saying this for 3-weeks. Maddon is a covert Tank Commander. He’s doing quite well at it.

2002heaven
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1 month ago
Reply to  FungoAle

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BTW to save web space……….my prediction is for our final record judging on our pitching just crashing and burning with injuries and Maddon being forced to go to Dylan Bundy, Cishek and Patricka is UGH, plus only 7 games vs the Texas Rangers next month……….
75-87

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YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  2pints

I’d let ohtani start 2 more games and that’s it. He can hit the rest, but there’s no point in adding extra miles to him.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Halo71
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1 month ago

If we don’t make the playoffs, I don’t care how many games we win.

YOUknowulovetheIE
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1 month ago

Barria could get released tomorrow and it wouldn’t bother me one bit.

Jessica DeLine
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1 month ago

Half the team could get released tomorrow and it wouldn’t bother me one bit

VladimirTrout27
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1 month ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

The mismanagement of the pitching staff is on full display. Madden and Minasian should take the blame for this garbage. Barria couldn’t find the plate, smh. But the offense only mustered 3 hits and 1 run vs this team and their pitching staff is inexcusable. Bottom 3rd of the owned 6 of the 10 K’s. Add 3 errors. It’s tryout season for Angels pitching with a ton of guys on the IL.

Right now, the goal would be to finish at .500. I am curious if Walsh and Ohtani wear down or can pick it back up as the season winds down. Something to note, A. Simmons is a 1.2 DWAR based on baseball ref, where Iggy is a -1.1 DWAR. Houston is #1 in team fielding %, and we’re 25th. This should a huge trial to see who can field and contribute for next year and who will be a liability.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
1 month ago

part of the excuse for not getting better pitching in the off-season is that we were going to be so much better defensively it would be just like having better pitching. Oops.

angelslogic
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

^^^THIS^^^^

Mia
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Mia
1 month ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Easy there, Thanos.

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
1 month ago

With knowing how few arms were available in the pen, they should have given Barria more of a leash. Why pull him with the game close only to use Petricka? Short leash for players one trusts to start, and leaving in journeymen to give up 5+ runs in less than an inning (two days in a row) is frustrating.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 month ago

I totally understand. I see him starting the rest of the season regardless of how he does. He’s gonna eat innings.

Jessica DeLine
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1 month ago

This team… comment image

Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago

I’m refining it.

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Charles Sutton
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Trusted Member
1 month ago

Next up: TBD versus TBD. Everybody’s obviously rolling out the big guns for the San Diego series.

Angels2020Champs
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1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Going Saturday, might end up bringing both kids tomorrow too 🙂

Jessica DeLine
Admin
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Padres offensive is slumping. They are sure to find their resurgence in this series that will lead them into the playoffs.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago

Yeeeesh.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
1 month ago

we should consider signing Gavin Weir now.

DowningDude
Super Member
1 month ago

And add “child abuse” to Arte’s growing portfolio?

rosstrade
Member
1 month ago

Wow, the series against the O’s was ugly. The low point of the season.

It highlights the Angels worst weakness over the last few seasons – the bullpen.

Got to fix the pitching / the bullpen to give Trout another chance at the postseason.

For what it’s worth – Elvis showed some real potential today – topped out at 98 and had a wicked power slider. If he can pitch with control and hold runners better, he could be a great bullpen addition next year. He was one of the players we got for Heaney.

I hope Minasian calls up some younger arms to see if there are any more Austin Warrens in the farm system.

And, I hope they give Packy a chance to start.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  rosstrade

If they could consistently get their starters to go 7 innings, like a starter should, then the bullpen wouldn’t be such an overworked problem. If your starters are going 5 or less innings, are they really starters or are they more like “Openers”.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  steelgolf

If you look at, you know, the MLB, the 7 inning starter may be a piece of nostalgia you just have to let go. These huge, strong, highly tuned athletes just can’t throw the same number of innings as dad bods like Mike Scott or Roger Clemens.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago

David Wells is sad that you didn’t mention him as a dad bod pitcher.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Bartolo Colon says Hi!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  rosstrade

I don’t care how fast someone pitches. Major League hitters devastate straight fastballs. If you can’t hit locations and miss bats, you are destined for a very short career.

As for Packy, sure why not. Let’s get everyone in the farm system a start for the remaining games. We need to draft in 5 to 8 range in 2022.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 month ago

Money is what this is about, if the team keeps him down one season longer, meaning this year they keep control one year longer, right?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

I don’t think Packy’s the type of prospect that gets his clock manipulated. Even if he were we’re past the point in the season where it matters.

H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
1 month ago

Yeah like realistically, if we get 6 years out of Packy, that’s already a win.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

If we get 6 innings out of Packy, it’s a win.

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
1 month ago

from the mlb.com wrap up

“Entering play on Thursday, Baltimore had lost 17 of 18 of Akin’s games, and 10 of his 11 starts, this season”

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