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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