Michael Lorenzen versus Frankie Montas. A battle of the aces? Ummm OK. So here is my highly technical and unbiased middle school version of a scorecard.
Tony Kemp grounded out to first. You die fool! Sheldon Neuse flies out to right. You die fool! Jed Lowrie lines out to left. You die fool! So far so good.
Shohei Ohtani singled to third. Heh heh heh! Mike Trout struck out, but he meant to do that. Anthony Rendon lined out to shortstop, but he meant to do that. The Angels are just scoping out their weaknesses. Jared Walsh grounded out to second base. We apparently didn’t find their weakness yet.
Seth Brown grounded out to shortstop. You die fool! Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch. We probably didn’t mean to do that. Sean Murphy then grounded into a force out. You die fool! Luis Barrera grounded out to second. You die fool!
Brandon marsh struck out swinging. He meant to do that though, obviously. He was swinging after all. Luis Rengifo lined out to first base. Frankie Montas left the game with an injury. (I don’t think we meant to do that). Chad Wallach grounded out to third. I realize Ohtani had gotten a hit to third, but apparently you can’t win them all.
Christian Pache flied out to right. You die fool! Nick Allen struck out swinging. You die fool! Tony Kemp walked. Lorenzen meant to do that, of course. Sheldon Neuse singled to Tyler Wade. All right. I don’t think we meant to do that. Jed Lowrie struck out to end the inning, just like we planned.
Tyler Wade popped out, but he probably meant to do that. Andrew Velasquez did a sac-bunt with nobody on base. There’s still nobody on base, I guess. Shohei Ohtani grounded out to first base. Umm. The Sun must have been in his eyes.
Seth Brown struck out swinging. Obviously we meant to do that. Chad Pinder singled on a line drive to left fielder Brandon Marsh. I’m not sure if we meant to do that. Maybe Joe Maddon has some sort of a plan. Sean Murphy grounded out to second. The plan is working so far. But wait! There’s less!!! The call was overturned and Murphy is on first and Pinder made it to second. Luis Barrera struck out swinging. Naturally we meant to do that too. Christian Pache struck out swinging on three pitches. I love it when a plan comes together.
Mike Trout hit a fly ball out to right. We hadn’t really tested that guy yet. Why don’t one of our guys test some of those fans out there in the bleachers? They probably have gloves. Anthony Rendon grounded out to third base. We already tested that guy a couple of times. I still think we should try the fans out there in the bleachers. The Athletics brought in a left handed pitcher (Kolarek) to face Walsh. Neener! Neener! You guys are afraid of Walsh. Walsh grounded out to the pitcher. I doubt if he meant to do that, although we hadn’t yet tested that guy.
We meant to get Nick Allen to pop out to the shortstop and so he did. Tony Kemp grounded out to Velasquez, further burnishing the laurels of our glorious middle infield. Sheldon Neuse also grounded out to Velasquez.. MVP! MVP! (And I don’t mean Neuse.)
Brandon Marsh struck out in the fifth inning. I’m almost positive he didn’t mean to do that. Luis Rengifo hit a homer, on purpose. 1-0 Angels. Chad Wallach then doubled. Knowing Angels catching I’m not entirely sure that was what he was trying to do, but I’ll take it. Tyler Wade struck out. No comment and don’t quote me. Andrew Velasquez then grounded out to third. At least he swung the bat.
Lorenzen walked Jed Lowrie although at least he used a lot of pitches to do it. Oh wait. That’s not good. Oh. Seth Brown grounded into a double play. That’s convenient. Chad Pinder then grounded out so I can start typing about the Angels again.
Shohei Ohtani singled. The scaredy cats then walked Mike Trout. (Two men on and no outs.). Let’s roll on over these chumps!
Anthony Rendon proceeded to single. Maybe this guy might work out after all. Jared Walsh struck out swinging. One out. Lou Trevino faced Brandon Marsh and walked in a run. Is Joe Maddon also managing the As? Luis Rengifo singled in another run and drove Trevino out of the game. Chad Wallach grounded into a double play to end all the fun. Well, it’s 3-0 anyway. For Wallach:
Uh Oh! They brought in Ryan Tepera. Sean Murphy lined out to Andrew Velasquez. Barrera hit a fly ball out to Mike Trout. Christian Pache grounded out to Andrew Velasquez. All right. I’ll take it.
Tyler Wade came up and singled this time. Then holy moly! Babe Velasquez homered again.
Get a load of those sweaters! Trout and Ohtani both unfortunately made out. Anthony Rendon, though walked on five pitches. Jared Walsh struck out looking.
Aaron Loup came in to replace Tepera in the eighth inning. Nick Allen grounded out to first. Kevin Smith doubled. Sheldon Neuse singled to drive in Kevin Smith. Is it too late to bring back Tepera? I guess so. Jed Lowrie doubled to score Sheldon Neuse. Christian Bethancourt came in to bat for Seth Brown and grounded out. Chad Pinder walked to chase Aaron Loup out of the game. Enter Oliver Ortega. It didn’t help. Sean Murphy singled to bring his batting average clear up to .200 and also load the bases. A wild pitch scored Jed Lowrie from third.
Everything is not groovy! At least Ortega got the third out by striking out Luis Barrera.
Brandon Marsh grounded out to second baseman Sheldon Neuse. Luis Rengifo grounded out to shortstop Nick Allen. Can Chad Wallach do anything in the bottom of the eighth? Yes. He can strike out.
Raisel Iglesias came in, as one might expect, in the top of the ninth inning with the Angels leading 5-3. Christian Pache contributed a fly ball out to Mike Trout. Elvis Andrus struck out on three pitches. I guess Elvis left the building. Kevin Smith struck out on four pitches. The Angels win 5-3!
Remembering Vangelis, as long as I am playing music today.
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi