Happy Junk Day Postgame

Happy Junk Day! Janson Junk got the start today and we got some early production from unlikely guys. Jack Mayfield scored Phil Gosselin on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and then Juan Lagares doubled in Taylor Ward in the second inning to make it 2-0 Angels. Lagares got picked off at third base to end the second inning. I heard you are not supposed to make the third out at third. Shohei Ohtani was at bat at the time. Disappointing to say the least!

Shohei Ohtani went 0-fer his first two at bats. Luckily, Junk kept it at 2-0 Angels for three innings so our customarily tepid offense could hang in there for a little while. Suddenly Janson Junk has become a strikeout pitcher. Fascist or no, I’ll take strikeouts all day long, considering how the Angels bat these days.

Middle Innings

There was a scare in the fourth inning when Ibanez, Trevino, and Tavares all got two-out hits in a row. The Tavares hit scored Ibanez to make it 2-1 Angels. Brock Holt also hit safely to tie the game. (Scary Kids, but I already did the Fright Night Postgame.)

Rengifo beefed up his mighty .191 batting average with a hit in the fifth inning. Then David Fletcher hit into a double play to end the Angels’ half of the fifth inning and keep the game a tie. Double plus ungood.

All right. Walsh and Junk made a nice play to start off the fifth by preventing a double. The next guy reached base, so of course Joe Maddon came in to remove the starter. It’s in the rules. Junk had walked nobody. He was supposed to walk a bunch of guys according to the rules. What is up with all those strikeouts? Are you sure? Austin Warren came in to pitch. He closed out the inning to keep it at 2-2. I thought that not scoring inherited runners was against the rules as well. (Still trying to figure this out on the fly).

Shohei Ohtani singled, stole second, made it to third on a throwing error by the catcher, and then scored on a timely single by Jack Mayfield. 3-1 Angels. Kurt Suzuki then hit safely to keep the inning alive for Jared Walsh. (Well, I admit there was only one out at the time anyway.) Walsh Also hit safely past Kiner-Falefa. If Junk hadn’t been pulled, Junk could probably have pitched into the seventh inning. His pitch count was quite low. The hit parade this inning continued until the Angels were up 6-2.

Late Innings

It remained 6- 2 Angels through the 8th inning, despite Steve Cishek. The Angels scored another run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Marsh. Kudos to Raisel Iglesias for not giving up the game in a non-save situation. The Angels won the game 7-2.

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2002heaven
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1 month ago

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red floyd
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1 month ago

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Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago

congratulations on a write that quotes both Count Floyd and George Orwell!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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I think David Fletcher is done. And right after we paid him too. If we throw in Marsh, Adell and Detmers do you think any team out there will take him off our hands? I’ve seen enough. His hips are no longer graceful and his glutes are not firing with the correct timing. He’s also probably not a real baseball player, more of a player playing ball with bases. No in stinks. He’s got to go. This is the kind of product Arte puts at second base? No wonder I keep watching every game and then complaining every night. I hope Arte loses all his money so that we can prove a point by becoming the Pirates.

Yarrrr!

H.T. Ennis
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1 month ago

Lol!

I know you’re not being serious, but it’s pretty amazing that this is basically the worst case scenario of David Fletcher, and he’s still worth the money. What a contract.

FungoAle
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1 month ago

You might be onto something. Angels need to do what AJ Preller did this off-season and go get pitching. Use the prospects. The Sho-Bomb is ticking.

nishiogawakun
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1 month ago

I want It to rain Ohtani dingers. MAKE IT RAIN!

FungoAle
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1 month ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

Afraid Perez has locked down the title, shit.

steelgolf
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1 month ago

Nice postgame write up! They actually won with this line up. Hopefully next season the announcers can travel with the team.

FungoAle
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1 month ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Frustrating to watch that unfold even though it does not come as a surprise.

Last edited 1 month ago by FungoAle
gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Charles Sutton

So, for this week, Junk Pack is 50/50. I’m gonna be filled with hope though if we get a couple other starters this winter. Having guys like this, if they make adjustments the club is hoping for after a taste of the MLB, acting as our #7-9 depth pieces will be great.

I know it’s a total dream, but after all these kids have gotten an early look at scary MLB line ups, wouldn’t it be great if PTPArte hired the Driveline guy AND some sage old pitching coach to rove the system and really tune these kids up and fast track them?

Sigh…..

matthiasstephan
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1 month ago

Ohtani, SP (FA), SP (FA)/Cobb, Sandoval, Suarez, Barria, Canning, Detmers (that is already 7, assuming we do replace Bundy/Quintana/Heaney with new FA arms).

Then there is the Naughton, Junk, Diaz, and maybe Chris Rodriguez (if he doesn’t end up in the pen). Those as 8-12 on the depth chart is fine with me. I just want those two starters to push them down (not as happy with them as 6-10, especially if Ohtani only pitches 140 innings).

angelslogic
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1 month ago

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angelslogic
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1 month ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Click on above to check out Ibanez’s glove after trying to field Ohtani’s 109 mph grounder.

H.T. Ennis
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1 month ago
Reply to  angelslogic

yeesh!

red floyd
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1 month ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Here ya go.

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WallyChuckChili
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1 month ago

LTBU!comment image

bradllee424
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1 month ago

We actually won a game. Can we win tomorrow too?

FungoAle
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1 month ago
Reply to  bradllee424

We need to lose, think better draft position. Close your eyes and rub the Gene Mauch genie bottle and hope that we will get shelled.

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