Angels just can’t beat Baltimore. Fall 5-4

Noah Syndergaard faced off against Spenser Watkins of the Orioles tonight. Things weren’t going great until a couple of Mike Trout home runs tied the game. Who the heck is this Mike Trout guy? That sounds made up.


The Angels did go ahead on a 2 run homer by Brandon Marsh in that same inning.

That didn’t matter because Ryan Tepera gave away the go ahead run in the top of the 7th to make it 5 -4 Orioles.,

Ohtani was stranded at second in the bottom half of the 7th. Another two runners stranded in the 8th inning and it looked bleak.

Ohtani took a 3-0 pitch four inches off the plate for a strike, Trout singled with 2 outs to extend the game. But it should’ve been 2 on 1 out. Rendon hit a grounder to end it.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago

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https://www.mccoveychronicles.com/2022/4/17/23029531/mlb-analysis-san-francisco-giants-pitching
As usual THE BAY AREA IS SMARTER (Silicon Valley, Stanford, Berkeley, Santa Clara) are they banging on trash cans too?
also mentioned on the East Coast/Dodger/Astros MLB Network.
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Halo71
Trusted Member
2 years ago

I’d swap Ohtani and Marsh in the lineup today

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

Beautiful day for a ballgame, a day game at the Big A is fun as the ball will travel out fairly easy especially if there is a breeze.

We have at least 3 families from CTPG attending, and one will be enjoying the ice cream treats with his kids. Sounds like a good and messy memory enjoying time. You scream, I scream for ice cream.

Better to be lucky than good as the saying goes, and boy did I get lucky with calling on Trouty and Marsh would hit Homeruns prior to the contest. “Let’s do it again” (Beach Boys 1968) and this time I’ll go with Shohei and Ward.

It seems that some do not care for this part but here it goes anyway, not only do we win, but win in a high scoring game say about 10 – 8. So the O’s can put the brooms back in the closet.

See you a little later on the game blog, have a fun day.

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 years ago

To call that loss soul-crushing does not do justice to that word. This is freaking Baltimore. Other than Snydergard and Trout, total team fail. And Thor needs to deal with the SB problem. Physical error by RenDone and mental errors on throws by Marsh and Ward were part of it. Relief pitching not fixed. Madden decision making suspect. Bad umping also contributed. This team has .500 written all over it, unless the injury bug strikes again.

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JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

“Bad umping” had a huge part in that game/loss. Of course it does in most games where it crops up. Agree about relief pitching not being fixed. We need more depth and better middle inning options. Maddon made a very good decision to bring in Loup in 5th to snuff out that threat. He would have been out of 6th with no damage had it not been for error by Rendone.

Just a point on Maddon; it makes zero sense to blame Maddon for bullpen moves when the pitcher fails if you correspondingly do not give him credit for his bullpen moves when the reliever performs well. Yet almost nobody does this. People give the PITCHER credit when he pitches well and blame Maddon when the pitcher does poorly. Again, this logically inconsistent, makes no sense whatsoever, and it very unfair to the manager.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Soul crushing? That alot of hyperbole ML. If this loss is soul crushing then we might as well pack it all in right now.

Baltimore is not a bad team at least their pitching staff isn’t bad at all. Every pitcher we have faced this series seems to have legit stuff. Last night was a close ball game. We’re are going to have a lot of those in our future We have to play better if we want to be a winning ball club and I think every player on this roster knows that. But to blame Maddon for last nights loss is absurd. I thought he pushed all the right buttons but unacceptable errors and rookie mistakes ( as well as documented inherent weaknesses like Thors ability to hold runners) doomed us. If we are to be a winning ball club how we respond to last nights loss will have everything to do with our success this season.

Fansince1971
Legend
2 years ago

It’s easy to get super negative after a loss like that. But look at the bright side- Marsh looks like he could be an All-Star and compete for ROY. If he continues to play like this, the long term outlook for this season looks really good. Stay calm and carry on.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I know he still feels like a rookie but Brandon exceeded the ROY award limits last year so that’s one award he definitely won’t win this year

2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago

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Nice job………Giants are 10-5 thus far
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Fansince1971
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

What is a picture of my accountant doing with a caption about the Giants?

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
2 years ago

I’m seeing lots of hostility within our group. Can we please cut that shit out? It’s just a loss. No need for it.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago

Losing tends to piss fans off. If you haven’t been around sports for awhile you might not get that…

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Yeah, but anyone here has been part of this group for awhile. It’s a loss that doesn’t impact out personal lives. No need to be assholes to eachother.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago

You seem to have ignored what I said/wrote. Being a fan is not a rational undertaking. I will not repeat the definition of “fan” since it has been giving many times. In short, it is the root of a longer word.

Halo71
Trusted Member
2 years ago

It’s not just yesterday, it’s been every year since 2015.

BushLeague
Member
2 years ago

Terrible loss. Worst loss of the season so far imo. So many wasted opportunities. Although I do love seeing Trout round into form. And Marsh looks like the real deal.

Halo71
Trusted Member
2 years ago

I should’ve known that the pull towards mediocrity would be too difficult to overcome.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
2 years ago

Maybe we shouldn’t put Lorenzen’s photo is a gamethread when Thor is pitching.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Oh no! Sad! Mad! Worsted start ever for worst team in baseball. Oligarch. Scott Kingery. If only we’d signed Dallas Keuchel and drafted Player. Bob Nutting. POBO. Is David Fletcher stuffed in a locker somewhere? The Cardinals. The Mets. Mamba. Samba. I miss CJ Wilson’s wife. Vodka.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
2 years ago

FTFY

I miss Matt Shoemaker’s Wife.

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Cheers!! And this…

...Rev Halofan
Editor
Trusted Member
2 years ago

It was a sloppy game, they’ll bounce back easier than sum a you beachez.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  ...Rev Halofan

Exactly. The team is still really glitchy. Gotta remember we had 2020. Then a year where most of these guys were hurt. Then a short Spring Training.

I’m not saying everything will be wonderful, but the teams doing pretty well for a team that isn’t doing very well. I think the offense, defense, pitching all look good, then have lapses. Ohtani looks like crap as does Rendon, Walsh and Stassi. Bullpen’s not consistent at all. Even Maddon is really all over the place. But I think a lot of that stuff will smooth out somewhat. The team’s definitely got more pitching than in the past and will probably be fairly competitive in the long run. Hell, they’re fairly competitive now while being a mess.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
2 years ago

Optimism from Gitch?

2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago

Remember that I picked them to go 81-81.
not 62-100.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Remember that no one cared?

2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

What, no calling my parents serial killers or domestic terrorists today!!
You’re slipping CB………. 😆 

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
2 years ago

I agree. Lot’s of new parts trying to all gel together. We are a good team, just not all the way up to speed yet. Energy is good and pitching will/can keep us in games.

Chap24
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Look disappointment Is tradition around and here and blah blah blah. But I truly feel bad for the fans that continue to pack the stands early on with excitement only to watch this team find a way to crap the bed everytime. I was there opening day its truly deflating. #theHaloWay

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Chap24
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Ummmm..sad to say I feel like we do have the 2 best players in all of baseball. When nothing is on the line. And way to reward the team with that new reasonable contract Stassi…🤦🏽‍♂️
There’s always one.

2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Chap24

Unfortunately we don’t have the Top 3 SP’s in MLB and that’s the problem.
Only one guy has one 10 or more games since Jered Weaver left (Jaime Barria went 10-9). We never got a SS, sorry, but were not a post season caliber team yet.

Guest
Newbie
2 years ago

Ohtani leading off with another 2 strikeouts (22 for the season after only 15 games) and batting just .206 doesn’t appear to be working..

Chap24
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to 

Yup. Lets change him in the lineup after an awesome season at the plate just cuz. Joe being cute again. And failing at it again.

Guest
Newbie
2 years ago
Reply to  Chap24

Ohtani’s on base % is .265. That’s a problem. Why the hell is he leading off in the lineup?? 40+ years ago Pete Rose batted first and he NEVER had an on base % that low. I’m old enough to remember that..

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Chap24

I don’t think it is about being “cute.” There are logical reasons to bat him first, including the fact that you want your biggest threat with the bat to get the most AB’s possible. Batting him first does that. It also allows Trout to protect him in the lineup, who is the best person to do that. Also, when Shohei gets on he is a big threat to steal so it immediately puts speed on the bases and extra pressure on the opposing starter. So, it is not stupid

All that said, it is true that Shohei has been struggling. I said before the season started that we all should not expect the same offensive numbers from Ohtani. Clearly, he will not be hitting 46 HR’s again or slugging near what he did last year.

Because he has been struggling so bad (he has only 4 hits in his last 24 AB’s) I do think it is time to move him in the order. My preference at least for now would be to do this against right handed starters :

1) Marsh
2) Trout
3) Ohtani
4) Walsh
5) Taylor
6) Rendone
7) Stassi
8) Wade
9) Velazques/Fletcher

In addition, I think a day or two off would benefit Shohei. I know he won’t ask for it (as most players would not do that) but it should be gently pushed. He just has such a hectic and tiring routine and he will need it from time to time this year.

Last edited 2 years ago by JackFrost
2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

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Well whatddya know, a lefty power bat who can field.
Plus we’re finding out ONCE AGAIN DEFENSE WILL BE A ISSUE!!!
 😠  😠  😣  😢 ………..$6M from the Gigantes
3 Joc Pedersons=1 Noah Syndergaard

Guest
Newbie
2 years ago

It’s inexcusable losses like this on your home turf to the worst team in the AL over the past several years that are going to haunt the Angels down the stretch. Watch and see..

...Rev Halofan
Editor
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2 years ago
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Go back to Halos Heaven Debbie Downer…

Guest
Newbie
2 years ago
Reply to  ...Rev Halofan

Not familiar with it. Is that where you and your 15 year old underage roommate posted meaningless garbage??

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago

We suck

We’re all idiots for having any kind of hope.

Fire Perry

Fire Maddon

Trade Trout and Ohtani.

What a joke .

Can’t even beat the f*cking Orioles

Grumble grumble grumble

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Get off my lawn complainer. Go on just git. I’m telling Grandpa you are on the lawn complaining.

He said you can stay if you mow it. Over there is the push mower.

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago

Man, I don’t even mow *my* lawn.

2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Mia

uh oh!!!

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

I predicated a win, nope did not happen. I predicated Trout and Marsh would homer, yup happened. How the heck did we lose the Fing game then? Frustrating, very frustrating. Well Orioles, you go down tomorrow.

clover_black
Super Member
2 years ago

Keep on predicting things, it’s going great.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  clover_black

Agree. I wish Grandpa would shut the hell up instead of predicting victories all the time.

How bout take one for the team Grandpa and predict a loss tomorrow !!!

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

No can do. Why do you want to lose? Being optimistic is much more fun.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago

Really? Okay , here is a thought experiment. Even if you knew by predicting an Angels win it would bring about a loss, you would still rather predict a win and have them lose??

I mean, what is so great about saying “the Angels are gonna win tonight!” BET THE FARM!!

You always predict a win anyways so why even tell us? We all know what your thoughts are on the matter. You feel the Angels will win every single game. We all know that . Why even write it here???

Last edited 2 years ago by JackFrost
2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Except we’re the Angels and we don’t have one since 2008!!

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  clover_black

😂

2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  clover_black

gotta go!!

clover_black
Super Member
2 years ago

maybe the answer is more utility players

2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  clover_black

nope…
We can’t go on developing walk-ons and 3 & 2 star players.
Danny Rudy Ruettiger type (Yes David Fletcher) make for nice Disney Movie subjects, but not real world winners. We have to have thoroughbred level players (especially SS, 3B,and SP).

Twebur
Legend
2 years ago
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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

Well back to the drawing board. I just arrived home and returning home from a huge surprise Birthday Party and being extremely happy and in great spirits and find out that we choked.

OK Bradlee do your depressed posts, and DD I guess I qualify as “that guy” and all the rest of you that feel the let down post how you feel. Tonight I feel the same but even more so as the good feelings party was about turning 70 as it was for me. I can only justify that Thor won’t win them all and that maybe this is a 81-81 team after all.

Fungo Ale maybe on to something good when he points to Joe and adds he must go. I am more surprised than most that I was so confident that we would win this game at home. Our best pitcher, playing at home, Trout back in the lineup, and the beat goes on.

There is always tomorrow to just one win in this series. After tanking for so many years the Orioles are the real deal after all.

Well as Jack Frost suggested maybe it’s time to cool it and put the train in the roundhouse. No more optimistic calls for a bit until Robo Bot dances, nah can’t do that but I will not become negative about the team except maybe about Joe.

Have a good night and see you tomorrow.

Dang Angels.

anewfoundthrice
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Happy birthday gpa!

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago

Lol. Yeah, it is all Joe. When the relief pitchers perform well it is because they are clutch, they’re great.

But when they fail it is all Joe’s fault. That sounds logical to me.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

You make no sense at all as usual. You know your attacks are wearing old and you and some others seem only happy when you can put someone down. You really need to cool your jets and come up with a new act. By the way, did I blame Joe Maddon for tonight’s lose? If not, then why put those two together?

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago

“ I will not become negative about the team except maybe Joe.”

Did you not say that right here above????

Sounds like blaming Joe to me.

Last edited 2 years ago by JackFrost
admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Happy birthday GP, now I do feel old as I turned 70 last year