Ohtani near perfect through 6 as Angels blast off from Space City

Angels 6 Astros 0

The Angels launched early, scoring 6 runs in the first inning. Of course, they were aided by some walks but throw in some well timed hits and you have a rally to start the game – and all the runs the Angels needed to pull off the victory. Jake Odorizzi couldn’t even make it out of the first inning – he was space dust.

Tonight’s victory gives the Angels a series victory and plants them 1.5 games ahead of the rest of the AL West. Until today, the Angels hadn’t won a series against Houston since September 2020.

The real story of this game was Shohei Ohtani whose perfect game bid was broken up in the 6th by Jason Castro who had gone 0 for 9 to start the season. He also tied a career high 12 Ks. His slider was nearly un-hittable. His stuff was plain nasty.

Ohtani also went 2 for 4 at the plate with a double, walk, and bunt single.

Other non-Ohtani stuff happened in this game – honest – I looked it up! Brandon Marsh was 2 for 2 with a walk and a double. Jo Adell stole a base. A few other guys got hits. I think that about covers it. This was Ohtani’s game and it was beautiful.

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BruinsAngelsKings
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1 year ago

Great win! Hopefully the team can use this to propel themselves to even greater heights or certainly higher than the last 7 years.

Lots of peeps commenting which is nice. I’d think at least some peeps would be too busy polishing up their managerial resumes since they know EXACTLY how to manage an MLB team.

red floyd
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1 year ago

Well, a certain person who shall remain nameless is busy polishing up his GM resume, so he can use his time machine to fix our team.

DowningDude
Legend
1 year ago

Nice win!

Not to be a Debbie Downing or anything but the team presently exceeds my expectations. Book me a strip of playoff tix!!!!

I’m usually pessimistic but this was a promising win. Quite a bit of positives to take and to mention negativity in this thread in some self righteous manner is someone looking to get their rocks off in a sick way.

Enjoy the win tonight – we may suck tomorrow but tonight was a blast. Thanks Ohtani!

losangel
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Great win! Ohtani, what a nasty beast! Marsh is turning into a stud right before our eyes. Ward is raking, making the draft room celebration gif finally coming to fruition. A win here without Trout is huge, he doesn’t need to carry us. I bet Adell even gets going against Baltimore, although he’s gonna have to fight for playing time. Enjoy it now people!!

losangel
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1 year ago
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WallyChuckChili
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1 year ago

If Sho plunks Castro, this is a very different post game celebration.

max
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max
1 year ago

So far the Halos doing what they are supposed to do.; play .500 against good teams (3-4, albeit it’s just the AL champs) and beating up on the 2nd division (5-1)

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago

Everybody just needs to relax…this was game 18 of 162. Yes this is fun but it’s just a regular hot streak…nothing more. With all due respect to GYGOMP we don’t have the pitching to maintain this pace or anything like it.

Call me Mr. Negative, Downer Debbie, or anything else you would like. But I prefer Phil the Pragmatist. I’ll stick with my 83-85 wins this season. You cant win the division in April…talk to me in September.

Last edited 1 year ago by halofansince1978
LanaBanana
Super Member
1 year ago

Well, aren’t you just a barrel of fun.

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Sorry…every single one of you know I’m right.

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 year ago

Why are you sorry, if you know you’re right?

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Common Courtesy.

h27kim
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Correction:. We fear that you may be right, but we hope otherwise. Admittedly, it will take some luck, but we do have the upsides even if they are fragile.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

we don’t have the pitching to maintain this pace or anything like it.

But, like, maybe we do?

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

It would be my pleasure to be proven wrong…but that wont happen.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

Baseball is a crazy game. I wouldn’t go making definitive statements about anything just yet

red floyd
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1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Exactly. Anything can happen.

OMAHALOFAN
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1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

But usually doesn’t.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago

Yeah, standings at this point are insignificant but I see some folks follow them religiously. All-Star game is a good heading check. There are good signs for sure but defense and a consistent productive lineup can hold the Angels down. The biggest threat, could be Maddon himself.

Last edited 1 year ago by FungoAle
halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Well how about that…another realist.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago

Starting pitching and the late bullpen strength has improved. I think that is a huge positive step but long season. Little concerned about the unsettled middle infield, platooning and defense.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  FungoAle

It’s a nice start, but les than 20 games. So no play off tickets yet.

On the other hand, after 13 games, it’s pretty obvious Rendone’s done for good and doesn’t care about baseball anymore. Also, Trout’s done. As is Fletcher. And Thor…. he’s just tricking us.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago

Hmmm. Sarcasm again. So, what do you really think Rendone’s WAR will be this season? If you say 3 WAR or anything higher I will take that bet.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Ha ha. Why? How exactly is Maddon the “biggest threat?” Other than the fact that you just don’t like him for whatever reason…

Last edited 1 year ago by JackFrost
VladimirTrout27
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Dude Ohtani mixed it up against a team he hasn’t beaten and the Halos have struggled against. Showed off his secondary pitches. No love for that? Cmon man! With the standings the way they are, this was a statement game and series. Sure, it’s early but there’s some guys on the Halos that need to witness and be a part of winning ways vs being blamed for losing. This was a first of many steps forward, but needed if this team wants to make the playoffs.

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago

Truthfully the only thing I care about this year is 350K being thrown at Ohtani.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

Was that all in $100 bills?

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

How many pallets it that?

Know what I mean Vern?

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

Well not very many if its only $350K being thrown around.

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Bad math is right…make that $350 million.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

I refuse to call you Mr. Negative, but I will call you Mr. Bad Math. Today was actually game 13 of 162.

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Oops…but that makes my point even more valid.

red floyd
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

With zero chance of going 6-14. We’re doomed.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 year ago

I am happy this team has FINALLY started strong in April. After all the years of going through April games and digging themselves into a hole.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  steelgolf

Yeah. It’s not a huge deal, but it certainly is an upgrade.

Jim Atkins
Super Member
1 year ago

How many times did we lose the division in April? I’ll take this, gladly.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Um, yeah. First, Oligarch. Second, that would be what? 98, 99 wins. Unless there’s a whole bunch of magic this year we’re not winning 99. I think, even with some bumpy outings, our pitching looks improved, but I think 90 wins would be a pretty big upswing for us this year.

Also, yes, respect me.

rosstrade
Trusted Member
1 year ago

It’s hard to respect someone, you, with such a lack of intelligent perspective…..

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 year ago

Asking for respect doesn’t work…earn it.

SScott
Super Member
1 year ago

Or maybe everybody needs to enjoy baseball in the manner they see fit.

Jerseyhalofansince82
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How do we not have the pitching? Ohtani is a top 10 SP in baseball the way he’s thrown the ball since last year’s All-Star game. Put his newly-improved slider with the splitter and you have 2 near impossible to hit pitches. Thor hasn’t even regained his velocity and he’s off to a great start…looking like a legit #2 starter. Sandoval has pitched really effectively. There were many who saw a breakout season for him coming and he’s shown so far there’s no reason to doubt him. Suarez and Lorenzen look like really nice back of the rotation guys. Detmers is a real wild card. If he lives up to his potential, we could really be tough this year and be serious contenders for the division. If he continues to be inconsistent, that’s all you can expect of a young #6 starter. Marsh and Ward to me are the difference-makers on offense. Both guys look like legit breakout hitters. Adell, like Detmers, a great unknown. High ceiling but high variability type. I like this team and we haven’t seen too much from Rendon, Ohtani and Trout, yet. It’s OK to be a skeptic but understand what you’re watching. The knock on this team was a few stars with no depth and not enough pitching. It’s super early but questions are being answered by this team.

...Rev Halofan
Editor
Trusted Member
1 year ago

We lose Trout Sunday.
We get blown out Monday.
We blow them out Tuesday, and dust them silly Wednesday.

4-2 Road Trip deep in the heart of Texas.

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

Taking a series from the Astros without Trout has to be huge.

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

Correction, that was 5-2 Rev. Even better than you said !!!

red floyd
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1 year ago

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Cowboy26
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1 year ago

Our plans for a reunion with Sean just got Newked by the Cubs. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/04/braves-cubs-swap-sean-newcomb-jesse-chavez.html

WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

What? The Braves didn’t want Brian Moran?

tanana40
Super Member
1 year ago

Really excited about the team right now. Now let’s take it to Baltimore.

boyjohn
Member
1 year ago

I think someone mentioned in the game thread that Vin Scully wouldn’t mention a no hitter in progress. That is definitely not true. And there is no reason to have these stupid superstitions anyway.

https://youtu.be/29i1oZWhI9I

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  boyjohn

I was pretty sure I had heard him do this, too.

Halo71
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  boyjohn

It’s part of the charm of the game

GrandpaBaseball
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1 year ago
Reply to  boyjohn

I am a Baseball superstition person and see no need to mention a Perfect Game or No Hitter ever, especially after the 6th inning. I believe also that what is more important is that I respect that you can have your opinion and that you do the same for me and those who believe the same as I.

boyjohn
Member
1 year ago

Of course, but people should be aware enough to know that these things are a relic of a long ago time when humans didn’t have the collective knowledge that we do now. And there is no reason for an announcer, whose job it is to provide information, to follow this ancient voodoo.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  boyjohn

Blasphemous!

Halo71
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  boyjohn

Someone ban this man!

WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 year ago

We don’t talk about No-No’s, no, no, no…

Fansince1971
Legend
1 year ago

175% agree. What’s wrong with keeping it quiet.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Fansince1971

It’s ancient. It’s relic.
All I know is, having nearly thrown a handful of no nos back in the day, if boyjohn had modern shuffled his way up to me to talk about it it would not have gone well… especially after giving up one bloop single.

F***n wind.

To be clear, the tradition is that you can, of course, bring it up early, but as the no hitter progresses you just don’t acknowledge it and you don’t say the words at all right around the time you get to the last trip through the batting order. Talking about it in the 5th innings not that big a deal.

ScoopleDoople
Trusted Member
1 year ago

I agree. I saw that flash on the screen and heard him say it and I immediate said “arrrrgggggggggghhhhh, noooooooooooooooo”…

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  boyjohn

Lol. This is a game Bill Singer pitched in, probably before I was born ! I listened to alot of Dodgers games on the radio as a kid and I can tell you Scully never mentioned a No Hitter or Perfect Game in progress. I am not sure when he started that practice but it was definitely something he didn’t do, at least for the last 20-30 years of his career. At least every time I heard those games he did not mention it.

I think it is funny you had to go so far back to find this, lol.

Last edited 1 year ago by JackFrost
Marcotor
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Scully calls every out of Kershaw’s no-no – YouTube

Here’s one he called that certainly was during your lifetime.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  boyjohn

As a superstitious baseball fan all I can say is poppycock!!

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  boyjohn

Scully would report. He would mention that all the teammates are staying far away from the pitcher in the far end of dugout.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Yes, as I said in the game thread he would convey the important information without having to say the forbidden words. He was very skillful. This boyjohn had to go all the way back to 1970 to find a time when Skully did not do it that way.

Last edited 1 year ago by JackFrost
FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VJdli-ONL-8

He said “perfect game” or does it have to be “no hitter?”

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Lol. Again, you are going way back. This game was before the Singer game that boyjohn found. If you want to go search for something to try to prove me wrong go right ahead… I wasn’t around in 1965 so I certainly would not have heard this on the radio.

My statement was about what I had heard myself listening to Dodgers games on the radio. So, go ahead a find him saying “No Hitter” or “Perfect Game ” during Fernando’s No Hitter or the Hideo Nomo No Hitter or Jerry Reuss for that matter, then I will admit I was wrong.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Down below, Marcotor found Kershawshanks no-no.

Not trying to prove you wrong. I seem to recall announcer call the obvious and leave the superstitions to the players involved.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Lol. I hope you guys had fun searching this out. I have listened to the end of the Fernando No Hitter and he says nothing about it until it is complete. No reporting of “a no hitter” in progress or anything like that..

But go ahead and waste hours of your life on trying to prove me wrong about a relatively insignificant point..

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

One thing I know for sure. CTPG will keep you honest.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  JackFrost

Yeah. Broadcast guys always do that…. find fun ways to NOT say no hitter.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

we’re not a game and a half ahead of the rest of the AL West, just a game and a half ahead of the 4th place Astros.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 year ago

Rec for ‘4th place Astros’

Also, we have the best record in the AL.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago

Best record in the AL?

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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 year ago

!st place 8-5, we lead in RS with 65. Kool stuff. Fun stuff, I’m 7-3 in last 10 and 3 over .500 now. Lots of laughs.

WallyChuckChili
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1 year ago

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SScott
Super Member
1 year ago

Had to listen to the game quietly on my phone while working. What a 1st inning and outing for Ohtani! Taking a series from Houston feels really good.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

Taking 2/3 from Houston got me me like

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nishiogawakun
Super Member
1 year ago

Bummed I missed watching this one live but really happy with the outcome!!

WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 year ago

POTG!

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MikeSalmon
Super Member
1 year ago

I’m thinking…yea, I did the math: Ohtani is POTG.

My gawd what a beast!

WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

It was close. The Astros for striking out were a close 2nd

tommyshalo
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1 year ago

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GrandpaBaseball
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1 year ago

The best game this season for me. Taking big early leads is fun, Showtime pitching funner, Beating Houston more funner.

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 year ago

I don’t know about all y’all but going in, I would not have bet we would win 2 out of 3. Especially after losing game 1. And Mike Trout.

GrandpaBaseball
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1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

 😦  You didn’t believe me……. 😢 

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 year ago

I know! But Grandpa, I’m a believer now!!

WallyChuckChili
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1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Lana Jumps on the Train!

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 year ago

I’m onboard!

LanaBanana
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Good song