Alex Cobb was on the hill, returning when the fans didn’t think it was possible. It was as if normalcy has returned somewhat, as he dominated the White Sox in his 5 innings of work while the rather putrid offense on paper lit the White Sox up to show how much baseball makes no sense sometimes.
`Pitching, Speed, and Defense
Ohtani hit a 2 out infield single. That was all they could muster in the first. Alex Cobb was back and his first inning in a long time and had a 1-2-3 one.
Walsh walked to lead off the 2nd and then Luis Rengifo hit a 2 run shot, infuriating half the fanbase!
Cobb now had a 2 run lead in the second and had much more trouble this time around. But with good defense including a GIDP, he gets out of it with a 2-0 lead.
The Angels did nothing in the 3rd, putting Cobb right back out there. He had trouble again, but he escapes with the 2-0 lead in tact thanks to great defense.
For the fourth, Stassi hit a very long single to begin the inning. Walsh singled after him, and Rengifo reached on an error to load the bases. Mayfield doubled to clear the bases! 5-0 Angeles!
Rojas followed hat up with a 2 run home run of his own! 7-0!
With a big lead, Cobb pitched confidently, allowing only a walk in the bottom of the 4th, and keeping it a 7-0 lead after 4.
The 5th started good as well, with an Ohtani single, a Stassi walk and a Walsh single put the 8th run on the board. Then a Rengifo HBP loaded the bases for Mayfield again, and he he beat out a double play attempt, making it 9-0 Angels!
Cobb sent down the side in order in the bottom of the 5th. It would be his last inning. 5 innings, no runs, 2 hits, 2 walks, and 5 K in his first start since JULY!
The Angels failed to add on in the 6th, getting only a Marsh single.
Big Lead for the Bullpen
Guerra had the bottom of the 6th, as he has not pitched in a while and a 9 run lead was perfect for him. It did not go as planned, giving up a run and it could have been more, but a 9-1 lead after 6 was still excellent.
Speed was again evident for the top of the 7th, with a Stassi safe with one out on a throwing error, and Walsh escaping the double play with his speed. Not that they could add on, however.
Guerra was in a jam in the bottom of the 7th, loading the bases with no outs. That was enough for Maddon and he was yanked for Jimmy Herget. He allowed 2 to come across that were charged to Guerra. 9-3 Angels after 7.
The Angels went down in order in the 8th. Mayers was called upon to get the bottom of the inning, he allowed a hit, but otherwise shut them down. Still 9-3 after 8.
A quiet 9th for the Angels got heated when the new White Sox pitcher threw at Ohtani’s legs multiple times before hitting him and getting ejected. Manager Tony La Russa came to argue that and got ejected as well. Oh and he ripped the phone out of the wall. Classic TLR.
Oliver Otega was tasked to finish the game up 9-3 in the bottom of the 9th. A groundout, a strikeout, and there were 2 outs quick. An infield single kept the game alive, Abreu grounded out to end the game. Angels win the series and the season series vs a playoff team!
The Angels go back home to face Oakland. Who will pitch, no one knows, but maybe not Ohtani anymore as he is exhausted. Ah well, enjoy this, I guess? Please drink responsibly.