Fans watched with bated breath as Bryce Harper stepped up in the 8th. The bases were loaded with a 6-2 Angels lead, a full count, and Iglesias coming in early to shut the door. This was the moment of truth. Either they’d lose one of the most heartbreaking games of the season in one of the worst possible ways right here, or they’d finally have relief from whatever bad juju has clearly been affecting them. In the end, none of the listed options happened. Harper hit his grand slam and crushed the Halos faithful’s spirit, the Angels took another lead, Iglesias got pulled with two outs in the 9th, and the Angels lost anyway.
The majority of positive action on the day would transpire during the 4th when 5 runs were strung together in the strongest inning of the road trip. A single and double from Matt Duffy and Shohei Ohtani would have two men in scoring position with no outs for, I swear to god, the first time in Angels history. Mike Trout would fail to get out before Jared Walsh laced a 2-run single to right. 2 more singles and a classic Wade-bunt-turned-error later and the gap between the two teams was 5 runs wide.
If one were to assume a victory knowing this, they might not have watched the team over the past two weeks. Like clockwork, Patrick Sandoval would leave early after running into trouble in 5th and allowing 2 runs. It was up to the Angels bullpen to hold down the fort. And well, we already know what happened.
Tomorrow, the Angels will face off against crippling depression in to try and end the worst skid in probably over 25 years.