Anemic Angels offense picks up late as pitching shuts out Padres

Angels 4, Padres 0

At one point, it was the Blake Snell game. Cruising through five innings very efficiently, with the clock reading little more than an hour, one could be forgiven for thinking that Snell would polish off his perfect game and then maybe go throw a bullpen afterwards, so little was his effort expended.

Snell was cruising through six, sitting at just sixty-six pitches, but Packy Naughton had matched him stride-for-stride, pitching five strong innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth. Kean Wong struck out, something Packy could’ve conceivably done. But the Angels are still stretching him out, and the 72 pitches he threw tonight represented a significant step forward.

In the seventh, David Fletcher drew a leadoff walk to break up the perfect game. Luis Rengifo then tried to break up the no-hitter with a bunt, causing Justin Verlander to grumble. Rengifo was initially called safe, but he was clearly out, keeping the no-hitter intact. After Jack Mayfield walked and stole second, Jo Adell broke the no-hitter and gave the Angels the lead with a lacing single into left.

Shohei Ohtani got his appearance in the eighth inning and hit a single. And the Angels bullpen closed out the rest of the awesome shutout victory.

Oh yes, Luis Rengifo blasted a home run.

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tommyshalo
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18 days ago

Great outing from Packy!!(That Goodwin trade is starting to look like a good win.

Would have loved to see him go deeper, but the bullpen surprisingly preserved the lead!!
And since it’s just the beginning of his career, I suppose pulling him at that point might be the right call.
Hopefully he continues and can be in the mix for the 5th or 6th SP of the 2022 rotation.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  tommyshalo

With the exception of Ohtani, everyone on the roster is in the mix for the 5th or 6th SP of the 2022 rotation…..

h27kim
Trusted Member
18 days ago

too many potential bottom of rotation candidates, not many middle/top candidates. We do need one (or even two), who may not necessarily be “ace” in stuff (we got Ohtani for that), but who should be ace-like in availability and consistency.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

Padre fans sound like us after the Halos lose to the Rangers.

Yes, their tears taste yummy.

Fumid346
Newbie
18 days ago

I noticed Marsh adjusted his stance slightly and has raised his hands and does not wiggle the bat as much. Kid is an elite outfielder, love his swag out there

Cowboy26
Super Member
18 days ago
Reply to  Fumid346

it hasn’t helped he’s getting eaten up by lefties.

Twebur
Super Member
18 days ago

Beating playoff teams isn’t that hard, they aren’t so tough…….

Cowboy26
Super Member
18 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

If so, does that mean that we are one of them?

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We would be if we played better against the AL West earlier in the season.

We likely are if we have Trout and Rendon back for the bulk of the season.

Twebur
Super Member
18 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We are who we thought they were….just slightly worse.
Unless Packy and Rengifo are all-stars, then we are one of them.

red floyd
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AKA_rmhalofan
Member
18 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Rengifo’s new nickname “The Answer”

<wait for it-wait for it>

rosstrade
Member
18 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

OUCH….!

Chap24
Trusted Member
18 days ago

Packy gives me those Wade Miley vibes. Feel like if your a lefty with a consistent change up you have a shot to stick around for awhile. I’d love Packy for long relief and spot starts next year.

Last edited 18 days ago by Chap24
donottakeGrba
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18 days ago

Where are all the wise guys that a few weeks ago wanted to trade Adell?

h27kim
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  donottakeGrba

Now that he’s proving to be MLB-competent, he might actually net a good young SP, so, yes, we’re still here, even if we are increasingly torn.

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  h27kim

Who would you want that is a safer bet to be as good/better than Adell?

Do we want stop gap players in the OF, or having it locked down until after Trout’s contract is done?

h27kim
Trusted Member
18 days ago

In principle, OF’s should be easier than finding a good SP. Having said that, I remember Navapile and other OF disasters well enough, though…..

Cowboy26
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Fansince1971
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18 days ago
Reply to  donottakeGrba

Here I am. Trade while the trading is good. Angels need pitching more than they need Adell.

Jim Atkins
Trusted Member
18 days ago

Packy looked really good tonight, Rengifo actually contributed, Herget looked sharp. Love to see Adell get pumped up when he gets a hit. Maybe we have an actual team here. Let these guys play out the month. We might actually have something here when we get the big guys back next spring.

Mia
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Mia
18 days ago

Jo Adell is a KING!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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So so many young, buff, slinky panthers! Who is the blackest panther of them all tonight!?! I can’t decide, there is just way to much young panther in that clubhouse, just hangin out, listening to Cardi B and drinking Zima (err, I mean White Claw) and destroying hopes and dreams. Adell? Packy? So much darkness, so much panther, so maybe we don’t totally suck next year if this is how our 2nd and 3rd string plays. Nights like this give me hope we can crush the Mariners hopes. May these young Halos spread the suffering far and wide, crush their enemies, and hear the lamentations of their women.
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MarineLayer
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18 days ago

The panther looks a little like my dog.

Mia
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Mia
18 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I know it could easily kill me, and yet I still wanna pet it.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Mia

I know. They look just like a huge version of my brother’s cat. Very soft.

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
18 days ago

The MLB package is is actually allowing me to watch the post game, which is quite fun tonight.

admkir
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

They started airing pre-post-games about 2 weeks ago and I too was surprised. Finally was able to see Alex and then they let her go

Jessica DeLine
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Trusted Member
18 days ago

What a game! We were surrounded by 25 Angels stadium employees and 3 older well dressed Japanese ladies who came to see Ohtani. Good times!

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

You’re lucky you got to see a great game tonight!

James
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Lucky them Ohtani got to hit.

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
18 days ago

Snell is a five inning pitcher, so the no hitter actually worked against them. He just ran out of gas

WallyChuckChili
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18 days ago

Angels Win!comment image

John Henry Weitzel
Editor
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18 days ago

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James
Trusted Member
18 days ago

My headline would have been
“Angels smash the Padres”
Just sayin😁

Twebur
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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  James

Mine:

“Padres help Angels find religion”

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
18 days ago

I wonder if in some weird way all the injuries giving some of the youngsters a chance to play may actually be helpful in the long run. I’m glad Joe is actually making sure they are getting their prime time.

Cowboy26
Super Member
18 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I’d hope so cuz I ain’t watching for my health.

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It ain’t been helping my health, the last few years.

John Henry Weitzel
Editor
Super Member
18 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Yeah, Adell and Marsh getting this time is really crucial. And these young arms are exceeding my expectations.

And ever time Packy does well I feel vindicated.

James
Trusted Member
18 days ago

If the team did better early do you think Marsh and Adell would be getting this kind of experience?

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  James

No way. We’d be seeing guys whose names I can now barely remember.

James
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

My feeling is next year this experience is really going to pay off. Especially with Adell and the progress he has made as a hitter. He should be really good.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member
Reply to  James

Both Adell and Marsh doing well means we don’t have to sign any expensive OF help for a long time post Upton. That’s a big deal. Walsh, Adell, Marsh, Fletcher, Stassi, young back of rotation and pen arms all being pretty affordable could really help us pay Ohtani and future pitchers.

James
Trusted Member
18 days ago

Like to see an upgrade at SS next year would be my wish

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
18 days ago
Reply to  James

Sure, but I don’t want one of the ‘big names’ (meaning 20+M a year). We have some SS on the farm, so hopefully we have a stopgap for a couple of years and then one of them pans out.

2002heaven
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16 days ago

Marcus Semien

2002heaven
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17 days ago

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Both cost under $15M combined 😭  😣 

Last edited 17 days ago by 2002heaven
Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
18 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Upton for one. If we were doing better it would be because Trout and Rendon were healthy so there are two more names from the dusty past.

James
Trusted Member
18 days ago

I was thinking the same about the pitching but trying not to jinx it

rosstrade
Member
18 days ago

LOVE THE PACK MAN

UtahAlumnus
Trusted Member
18 days ago

I know we’re out of the wildcard hunt but this is one of those rare nights where everybody in front of us in the WC lost and we won. Not too many of those this year. We’re only 9 back! 😆

Last edited 18 days ago by UtahAlumnus
Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
18 days ago
Reply to  UtahAlumnus

We’ll likely be the 10th best team in a 15 team league when its over. But maybe the 8th or 9th! In any case if were not getting a top 5 pick then I don’t care where we draft.

James
Trusted Member
18 days ago

And our team has better pieces than all those others so embrace the optimism. We aren’t that far away from contending

MarineLayer
Trusted Member
18 days ago

We’re Top 10!

Last edited 18 days ago by MarineLayer
gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

I generally don’t sweat the picks themselves after top 5, as far as “can’t miss” etc. But the other thing to consider is the total amount of draft compensation the higher up in the draft you pick. That could allow for 15 more pitchers next draft or just twelve.

Simba
Member
18 days ago
Reply to  UtahAlumnus

Toronto won – beat the Yanks.

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