April 18, 2022 Postgame

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.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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PedroCerrano
Super Member
1 year ago

That gamed sucked and the Astros are probably going to this to the Angels a lot as they are the better team to this point.

max
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max
1 year ago

Link for the Siri HBP? searched couldn’t find, unable to watch the game tonight.

Twebur
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1 year ago
Reply to  max

If you Googled “Astros Siri Hit by pitch” even the Internet knows it didn’t hit him.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  max

It is up on the MLB.com Film Room now.

Still think it is a bad call.

Perhaps close (so hard to overturn, from the one angle suggesting perhaps it touched the white layer of the glove ever so slightly), in which ‘call stands’ due to the original call, but to ‘confirm’ means that they have incontrovertible evidence it was right. I don’t see that at all.

And it made a lot of difference. Changed the momentum (like the Wade slide).

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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I knew it! Worst team ever! Fire Soth, hire Maddon, no wait, fire Maddon, Upton’s the worst ever, how could we be so stupid to let him go? Send the broadcast team back home, they ruin everything. David Fletcher is not my son and best friend anymore, this wouldn’t happen to Max Scherzer, I miss Heaney, I miss hating Heaney, why didn’t we draft Hunter Green? It’s been eleven games, obviously Trout and Rendon should be released too. Oligarch!

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

How dare people care!? How dare they have an emotional reaction!? How dare they be fans!?

Fansince1971
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1 year ago

Sad Shufflebot

clover_black
Super Member
1 year ago

so duffy, an actual FA signing, can’t get ABs over DFA and waiver claims.

Christianhanson
Trusted Member
1 year ago

This game was probably over before it started with Trout and Rendon being out. Gotta just take one this series

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago

We are staring an Astros sweep right in the face.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

too many things to be upset about. Rosenberg’s appearance was the final straw.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

I thought the final straw was the double bunt situation. I would have put Rosenberg in the game when Joe did. The Angels need to develop another lefty out of the pen now that Quesadilla is on the shelf. They were already down 7-3 after Alvarez second blast so why not? . If the Angels could have scored some offense at the top of the 7th to tie or take the lead, Loup, not Bradley would have started that inning but it was bungled in the top half.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  Twebur

I had no problem with Wade trying to bunt there ( although he would have been hard to double up anyways) But Velazquez’s spot there was ripe for a pinch hitter. Duffy was available and apparently Rendon was not. but Joe didn’t make the move . We will need “that guy” on our bench this year to hit for Velazquez when trailing in those late and close games. Its going to have to be Duffy, Suzuki or the extra kid outfielder that isn’t in the game that day.

Twebur
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Needed to be pinch hit for there, also thought it would be Duffy.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yes, kind of agree. I think the reason you bunt with Velazquez is that you are not confident he will get a hit (and for good reason). I totally agree with you about the pinch-hitter. Really, we need Fletch to turn things around with the bat so we have a ss who can actually hit. In that scenario you have Wade at 2b and Fletch at ss, with Duffman getting the occasional start.

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 year ago

Gonna be a long week, I fear.

...Rev Halofan
Editor
Trusted Member
1 year ago

IT was close for a while, go get ’em tomorrow!

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  ...Rev Halofan

Sandy needs to stick it to his old team.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  ...Rev Halofan

Wade’s 2 out 2 rbi hit was huge. It tied it up and gave us a chance. In years past we would not have gotten that clutch two out hit. That gives me some hope. It is just so hard for us to beat Houston. They focus on us. I kinda feel like they mailed it in during that Seattle series as they were looking forward to us.

We need to get a team of stat guys to just focus on and game plan for Houston cause I am pretty sure they are doing that for us.

Last edited 1 year ago by JackFrost
WallyChuckChili
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1 year ago

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