Angels 10 Red Sox 5
Baseball is more fun when your team scores runs. Right?? Thankfully the Angels did that, mainly by way of Max Stassi and Anthony Rendon home runs -at first. The Angels almost blew this game as Matt Vasgerian so eloquently stated in the bottom of the 8th “oh no”. He was referring to a Xander Bogaerts home over the Green Monster off an 86 MPH Aaron Loup cutter.
Reid Detmers pitched alright. His curveball is still good, but did only generate 2 whiffs tonight. Detmers’ 5 whiffs overall paled in comparison to Garrett Whitlock who generated 17 whiffs and struck out 9 over 5 innings.
The Angels were down 4-3 when old friend Hansel Robles cam into the game. Did he owe the Angels a favor? After walking Trout and Ohtani he was pulled. Jake Diekman – a lefty came in to get the final out in the 9th against Jared Walsh. Walsh worked his at bat to 9 pithes and an RBI single that drove in Mike Trout to tie the game. It was a magical inning.
Thanks to Taylor Ward, the Angels weren’t done. Ward demolished a baseball in the top of the 10th to put the Angels up for good. Tony Two Bags also drove in Trout to put the Angels up 3 on a hit that was ruled a single by the Green Monster but would have been a double in Anaheim. But wait, there’s more! Act now and we’ll throw in a 2 run bomb by Jared Walsh to bury the Red Sox.
It was a magical win, and a desperately needed win for the struggling Angels who could now pull off a series victory with a win in tomorrow’s day game.
WTF ever thought Taylor Ward would be our savior this year?
Ward’s bat drop was truly a thing of beauty. 9.8 from the East German judge.
I wasn’t watching, but from the box (and Lameday), it appears that in the 10th we Crushed the Chowds, Drove them before us, and heard the lamentations of their (ugly) women!
Great comeback, great AB by Walsh. Kudos to Suzuki for stepping in at 1B. The pick off attempts and the scoop. And they wasted Boston’s top relievers. LG!
Huh. I was on CtPG earlier and was given to understand there was no possible way we were winning today, especially if Detmers gave up a single run.
Of course, I’ve also heard countless times that we needed to get rid of Ward even though he had options because…. adult tantrums = passion? Our pitching was supposed to be total crap by now too….
I’d wondered for a few years now what it would look like if the Angels got off to a hot start instead of sucking for six weeks. It’s pretty much just a slightly pinker shade of wank.
But hey, we crushed some chode souls tonight. That’s wonderful. Maybe we can win again tomorrow and continue on as the best worst team evah. Slump and all this is all just the warm up for June. Yankees, Phils, Mets, Doyers and Mariners that month. If they handle business in June we’ll be in business for real.
Yep. If they handle business in June and end up winning more than everyone in our division we’ll handle business good!
They are emotional responses made in game threads that are inherently emotional. People, including myself, make silly remarks while caught up in the game.
I’ve never been in a game thread… they are worse than the links/postgames? Damn.
June sounds scary. I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch.
Tale of 2 games today. Everything before the Stassi HR and everything after the Stassi HR.
Good take. The first half of this game the Angels looked like the same lifeless offense that showed up the previous two games and 48 hrs.
Lucky for us a game is 9 innings, or in some cases more. The offense finally came to life. Despite my prediction that the Angels would lose this game, I did also say one day before that offensive slumps happen all the time and were not a reason for panic. I picked them to lose one game. I did not however say the sky is falling or the season is over etc. Big difference.
In slump busting sometimes all it takes it one big hit to turn things. In this case that hit was delivered by the Secret Police. And it flew way over the Green Monster.
Overall this was a true “team victory” however. There were multiple heroes, chief among them was one Jared Walsh. Others were of course Ward, Rendon, Stassi and even Trout and Ohtani for their patience and working those walks in the key 9th inning comeback.
Or one big…You know.
That was a great take on the game. Posts like this are why I read the comments.
And meanwhile, the Latte Sippers have dropped 7 of their last 10 to fall below .500.
Yes, we were 6-14 in our most glorious year but I look back on 1979, our first AL West title. We started off really well and I’ve often thought that’s a key to a successful season.
That year we grabbed 1st place early and were, coincidentally, 16-10 at this point. We had a really bad spell in June, losing 7 in a row (so the lesson is don’t fret the bad stretches…they’ll happen) but then won 6 straight to get back into 1st where we stayed, except for 3 days…a day here, another at some other time, for the rest of the season.
At this point I see us as some sort of blend of 1979 grit and 2002 talent.
Ok, see you in the morning.
1982 also had a great start to the season so did 2008.
I feel like the thread never got too negative today and that definitely helped the team win. 🙂
a very different vibe this year
What a comeback!
I had to answer a dinner call in the 9th, just after Walsh’s CLUTCH AB off Hansel.
So, I was looking forward to seeing how it would end, suspecting we’d lose. OMG what a thrill to resume watching and just seeing HRs, bangin’s singles off the Monstuh, the Chowd fans all angry and sad!
So Hansel wasn’t so hot right now?
Clutch AB for Walsh was against Diekman.
You’re right. The single was off Diekman. Walsh homered and doubled, but that single was HUGE.
Maddon thinks Walsh can hit lefties:
>“Pretty spectacular,” Maddon said. “He’s hit lefties pretty well this year, he’s on a mission. [He] stayed in it. I felt good about the at-bat, he gets two strikes — good pitchers [are] going to make good pitches, and he did, but he just never gave up. The whole team never gave up.”<
HUGE? we were down to our last strike. I think you’re downplaying it with HUGE
Yes, I was very aware we were down to our last strike. That was the biggest word I could think of ha ha. Do you have an alternative ?
Angels/Boston… last strike… hmmm… sounds familiar some how.
Shouldn’t that be HUUUUUUUUUUGE!
Where’s the dancing robot?
First gotta win tomorrow, then back at home.
It’s the Shufflebot, thank you very much. FAR moar than a mere “robot.”
After all this time, i learned something new.
Not 3 straight and not a walk-off.
MOAR GHOST RUNNERS AND GHOST SCORING!
I thought the ghost runner wasn’t until the 12th?
It’s just so much sweeter against Boston!
Crazy game, great win, so pumped!!!!
4 home runs tonight, nice to see the power stroke display,
These are especially nice wins, down to your last strike, grinding then make ‘em pay. Builds a never say die attitude.
That Walsh AB in the 9th may be the pivotal AB of the regular season.
Such guts. He hung in there, fouled off a bunch of pitches, didn’t try to do too much. Came through big time !!
Very happy for Walsh and happy he appears to be settling in against lefties. It’s early though.
Are you saying he trusted his stuff and stayed within himself?
God I love the fouling off of pitches. It juices the soul of the enemy.
Pretty awesome momentum shift. Up until that Stassi homer this team was circling the drain a bit.
Have a great night everyone, try and relax before 12 midnight. 10am game tomorrow.
We totally stole that one. Great to see Walsh and Ward lead us.
That Walsh AB in the 9th was simply amazing.
Totally clutch. What patience and perseverance!