It looked as though the Angels would suffer a 4th consecutive loss as Michael Lorenzen threw 24 pitches in a rough first inning. Appearances were not, in fact, deceiving, but the starter could hardly be faulted by anyone who looked past a cruel and unforgiving box score.
What those who stayed actually saw tonight was a bulldog buckling down after that concerning start to deliver 6.2 innings of 2-run ball. Archie Bradley prompted relieved him by charging him with a 3rd run, and a very solid quality start was in the books.
For all the headaches that Bradley induced however, whatever was afflicting Barraclough, Loup, and the defense in the 8th inning must have been degrees upon degrees of magnitude worse. Following a 7th inning 2-run go-ahead homer from Mike Trout, Kyle Ballaclough as he will probably be known from now came in with a 4-3 lead and threw almost nothing over the plate. 9 pitches and 0 swings into his appearance, the Jays had a man on first and second with no outs and people were livid. A deep flyout to left that Vladimir Jr. screwed up taking third on later, and Aaron Loup was in to try and save the day.
The ensuing strikeout earned loud cheers from the attending crowd bef-oh god
On the other side, the Halos lineup continued to string together solid knocks with hard hit outs in a continuation of the offensive woes since the loss of Taylor Ward to injury. Yusei Kikuchi was not exactly masterful in his 5 innings, but he was a far cry or at least a few lucky shifts from the total tire fire he had been in Anaheim in his Mariners days. He worked around baserunners in every single inning before the Angels managed to scrape up 2 runs in his 5th and final one.
Matt Duffy, who probably had more hits in this one game than the rest of the season combined, and Mike Trout came to play tonight. 3 RBIs on 7 hits between the two of them went a long way toward putting the brakes on the losing streak and lighting up that halo. Almost long enough to succeed! Juan Lagares also turned in a two-hit night.
Oh well, turn the page again. We have another game against a blue team tomorrow. Let’s try and avoid dropping 5 straight, yeah?