The Angels showed off the fully armed and operational Shohei Ohtani, having him bat and pitch in the same game. It was an Opening Day preview, sort of, as most of the offense was the B team. Still, it was a much watch game to be sure.
Out of all the players, however, it was Justin Upton, who put the Hot in Hot Pocket by blasting the ball twice for 6 RBI including a Grand Slam! WOW!
Shohei Ohtani led off the game with a groundout. Mike Trout walked and Matt Duffy singled to put 2 on with 1 out. Walsh singled to load the bases for Taylor Ward. He came through, and singled in two! 2-0 Angels!
With an early lead, Ohtani didn’t quite have it, allowing 2 runs to score and tie the game up. 2-2 After 1.
Tyler Wade hit a one out triple to put a runner 90 feet away for Ohtani. He grounded out to score Wade. 3-2 Angels. Mike Trout struck out to end the inning.
Again with a lead, Ohtani refocused and shut down the Brewers in order with some help from… Justin Upton? 3-2 Angels after 2.
Duffy had himself another hit, singling to start the 3rd. Walsh flew out to the warning track, as did Ward, but Justin Upton hit it over for a 2 run home run! 5-2 Angels!
Ohtani had another 1-2-3 inning. He was now in a groove.
Shohei had a 2 out single, but that was it for the offense as Trout popped up to end the inning.
Unfortunately, things spiraled out of control in the bottom half. Runners got on, and Mayfield booted a ball that could have ended the inning. Instead, Ohtani allowed the bases to be loaded with one out and Jimmy Herget came in. A sac fly scored a run, 5-3 Angels.
Matt Duffy walked, and Walsh bunted for a single to put two on. Ward walked to load the bases and Justin Upton hit a Grand Slam! 9-3 Angels!
Then Jack Mayfield redeemed himself with a home run of his own! 10-3 Angels!
Jimmy stayed in on the mound as the subs came in. He got out of two jams and it was still 10-3 Angels after 5.
Walsh had a 2 out single, his third hit of the game. That was it for the offense however.
D-Cell got his work in. And by work in I mean 2 outs and then screwed up a bit, allowing a baserunner and a 2 run shot. 10-5 Angels after 6.
Brandon Marsh and Tyler Wade got singles but they were in between outs by Adell, Mayfield, and Palmeiro.
Aaron Loup came in to pitch next and while he did allow hits, no damage was taken. Still 10-5 Angels after 7.
Jose Rojas had a 2 out walk, but nothing else happened for the Angels offense.
Kyle Barraclough took the mound next, and he did a good job. A 1-2-3 8th inning kept the lead intact. 10-5 Angels after 8.
Brandon Marsh had a hustle single for the only baserunner of the 9th for the Halos.
Brian Moran closed out the game, striking out the first batter, and striking out the second batter, but the third batter singled. And the 4th batter did as well. 2 on 2 out, and the 6th batter struck out to finally end the game.
The Angels win 10-5.