When Jimmy Herget was announced as the spot starter for a tummyaching Noah Syndergaard, all the experts on Angels Twitter assured us it would be a one-inning appearance before Jaime Barria took the bulk of the innings. we never saw Barria tonight.
Herget instead pitched three, his longest career appearance ever. He gave up one run in the first inning but by then the Angels had two, courtesy of a HR by Taylor Ward on the second pitch of the game and, two outs later, a solo bomb by Shohei Ohtani.
The Halo offense was solid and the defense dazzled but 3 IP from Herget, 2 IP from Austin Warren and then one each by Archie Bradley, Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera created a game where the home team did not have a baserunner between the first and seventh innings.
Mike Mayers stunk up the ninth inning so they had to bring in Raisel Iglesias with two on and one out. He got a strike out but walked the next batter to load the bases. The tying run was at the plate on a night that had just been all Angels and cloud drizzles. A flyout gave him the save and the Angels a 5-1 win in the first of four games in Bad Bad Leroy Brown’s part of town.
Some other highlights: defensive gems by Rendon and Trout, two doubles by a returning David Fletcher, Ward just a triple shy of the cycle two games after being a single short of the Big C back at the Big A. Lots to chew on here, the team is hitting on all cylinders not named Mike Mayers, even Brandon Marsh striking out four times is kind of a big shrug when the halo is lit and shining on a wet rain-soaked night like this!