After a wet shutout the day before, the Angels looked to bounce back vs Dallas Keuchel. Unfortunately, Dallas is not just a lefty, but one of the best lefties vs the Angels. This posed a huge problem. Angels vs Lefty pitchers have been historically horrendous.
Luckily, Mike Trout crushes Dallas and did so again today. A home run, double, and an IBB vs the White Sox Lefty on the day for Trout. Taylor Ward also had himself a day, with 2 infield hits and a walk.
The one who did not have a good day, however, was the first base ump, as he missed 4 calls on the day. All 4 were overturned on review!
On the mound for the Angels was Michael Lorenzen. The lanky starter some call Loki was excellent today. He went 8 and a third innings, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits, striking out 2 and walking 2.
Mike Trout got things started with a one out solo shot the other way.
The Angels got two more in the third, one thanks to Ohtani.
And another thanks to an Anthony Rendon sac fly.
The Angels scored again in the 4th, thanks to a Velazquez double.
4 runs was all Lorenzen needed as he breezed through the White Sox lineup, getting through 8 innings on just 90 pitches.
During the game, Ohtani pulled his groin running down the line. Panic is appropriate at this time. Mayfield pinch hit for him in the 9th, and added a 5th run. 5-0 Angels.
Jo Adell hit a double off a fielder’s foot, driving in yet another run.
Lorenzen was allowed to try for the complete game, as he had a 6 run lead and less than 100 pitches. Unfortunately, he was unable to finish the game, giving up 2 runs in the 9th.
Thankfully, the Angels have D-Cell. He got the 2nd out of the inning easy, but a misplay from Adell allowed a 3rd run. Then yet another hit put in a 4th run. 6-4 Angels, but a groundball ended the game!
Except it didn’t, as the call was overturned yet again. 2 on with 2 out, up 2 in the 9th. It was a game now, and in the midst of an epic collapse in the 9th, he walked the bases loaded. And then he hit the next batter. 6-5 Angels with the bases loaded and 2 outs.
D-Cell was pulled and Tepera came in and got the 3rd out. The Angels win 6-5.