Hey all! This is the postgame for game 2 of the Angels/Nationals series. the main guys were all in the lineup today. The Angels sent Jhonathan Diaz back down to Salt Lake City and brought up Bear Claw.
The Nationals came up in the first inning and scored first on a Josh Bell Homer. 1-0. The Angels could not follow suit in their half of the inning.
In the second inning Yadiel Hernandez hit another homer to make it 2-0 Nationals. Lorenzen basically got off to a rough start today. One run per inning is not a good trend when the other team is doing it. Again, the Angels were unable to score.
The Nationals went three up three down for the third inning. I guess these things always happen in threes. At least the Angels got a hit. It was still 2-0 Nationals.
In the fourth, Lorenzen issued a couple of walks and a base hit to Keibert Ruiz to load up the bases with one out. A Maikel Franco base hit then drove in two more runs. Michael Lorenzen struck out the side; just not in order. Then Jared Walsh did this:
Max Stassi walked whereupon Brandon Marsh homered to make it 4-3 Nationals.
The fifth inning began with a nice play by Anthony Rendon to throw out Cesar Hernandez. After a strikeout and a single, Lorenzen was replaced by Elvis Peguero who faced Nelson Cruz. Cruz promptly hit a two run home run. 6-3 Nationals. Andrew Velasquez singled. Taylor Ward struck out while Velasquez stole second base. Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani made outs two and three to end the fifth inning.
Elvis Peguero gifted a four pitch walk to Kiebert Ruiz to start the sixth inning. Maikel Franco drove in Ruiz with a base hit to make it 7-3 Nationals. Joe Maddon finally pulled Peguero and brought in Bear Claw who got the necessary three outs without giving up any more runs. Jared Walsh singled to knock out Josiah Gray. Enter Cishek, who struck out Max Stassi and walked Brandon Marsh. Unfortunately, David Fletcher made out number three to end the inning.
Juan Soto singled to start off the seventh inning and stole second base. Josh Bell advanced him to third with a fly ball out. Kyle Barraclough struck out Nelson Cruz. Andrew Velasquez and Taylor Ward were quickly out to bring up Mike Trout with two outs and nobody on. He got a single to bring up Ohtani who also singled. Anthony Rendon hit an unimpressive fly to left to end the inning.
I’m sorry I can’t embed any more highlights, but there aren’t any. Jimmy Herget came in and got a couple of guys out, so I guess that’s something. Dee Strange-Gordon got a two out hit. Victor Robles bunted for a hit and once again the Nationals were in business. Luckily Herget was able to strike out Cesar Hernandez to get out of the situation without any further damage. The Angels went three up, three down. 7-3 Nationals.
Jimmy Herget came back out for the ninth inning and quickly retired Juan Soto. He also got Josh Bell to fly out to Taylor Ward. He gave Nelson Cruz his fourth strikeout of the game. David Fletcher wasted no time grounding out to go ofer. Andrew Velasquez hung around for a while hitting foul balls but finally struck out. Taylor Ward hit one to the warning track but it wasn’t far enough. Game over.
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi