The Astros jumped on Michael Lorenzen in the first inning with a two run homer by Yordan Alvarez. The Angels got Marsh and Stassi to second and third respectively with no outs, but Stassi ran into an easy out at home. Jack Mayfield reached on the fielder’s choice. Jo Adell struck out. Luckily, Wade hit a two RBI double to avoid the second inning buttercup. The score was tied. Michael Lorenzen kept it that way in the Astros half of the second.
Shohei Ohtani singled to lead off the third inning but Ward, Walsh, and Stassi failed to get him over. At this point, the game seemed like it might become a pitcher’s duel. In the Astros half of the fourth inning, however, Lorenzen loaded the bases and walked in the go ahead run. The Angels got hosed once again by the replay officials with Jose Siri then driving in a run on a supposed hit by pitch. The Astros lead 4-2.
Max Stassi hit a homer in the sixth inning that bounced off of the right field foul pole. 4-3 Astros. The Astros continued to threaten every inning while the Angels did not. The Astros made it 5-3 on a sac bunt by Martin Maldonado.
Taylor Ward made a third out to spoil a bases loaded threat in the 7th inning. For the Astros part, they put up a quick two spot in the seventh inning on a Bregman double and an Alvarez homer. 7-3 Astros. The Angels struck out in order in the top of the eighth. Of course, the Astros tacked on in the eighth inning.Brantley singled to drive in Maldonado who had walked.
The Angels got a man on in the ninth, when Jack Mayfield was hit by a pitch. Three batters later, the game was over.
I wish I had better news. The Astros just kept scoring while the Angels couldn’t match them. Final score: 8-3 Astros.
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