The Angels say bye to the A’s until August, meaning the A’s may be a very changed team by then… again. It is just in their nature.
But enough about that, what is more important is for the Angels to get their mojo restored and get on a winning streak again. Last night was the first step with a win. Today looks to be the next step with a pitching duel of Sandoval vs Irvin.
Patrick Sandoval did live up to it. He went 7 and a third innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits, striking out 7 and walking 1.
Ohtani hit well, having his 9th career leadoff home run. Trout also had himself a day, with 3 hits, getting a triple away from a cycle.
Ohtani had himself his 9th home run of the year to lead off the Angels’ offense.
The bases were loaded in the 2nd for the Angels and things went horribly. Ohtani lined one to the outfield and Tyler Wade was doubled up at 2nd when Kurt Suzuki didn’t try to score.
Luckily, Trout legged out an infield single to get something.
Brandon Marsh hit in Trout in the 5th, making it 3-0 Angels!
Mike Trout hit a blast, his third hit of the day!
Meanwhile, Sandy was cruising, pitching deep, and giving the bullpen relief. However, there were defenses blunders that stressed Patrick to pitch more pitches.
First was when Luis Rengifo had a ball go right through his legs. Then, in the 8th, Tyler Wade couldn’t catch a routine fly ball in RF. It was the last one that really messed up Sandoval’s chance to pitch a complete game as soon after the shutout was lost. 4-1 Angels.
Ryan Tepera came in to get out of the 8th, keeping it at 4-1.
It was a save situation, so D-Cell came in to save the game. He struck out the side in order to secure the 4-1 win!