The Angels went up the 5 to face the Dodgers in Los Angeles. It was Thor vs Gonsolin in a pitching duel as both teams came in struggling of late. The Angels lost 16 of 18 while the Dodgers lost 9 of 13. Something had to give.
Noah Syndergaard went 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits, striking out 5 and walking 3. Those walks were his downfall, as Thor nibbled too much, especially in the 4th, where all 3 walks were walked.
On the offense, Taylor Ward was back! It was the best lineup in a while for the Halos, and yet they struggled mightily against Gonsolin. Part of that was Gonsolin being amazing, but, honestly, it was mostly just the Angels offense being horrific. Rendon getting injured AGAIN didn’t help. 1 hit, just one measly pathetic hit through the first 8 innings!
Both pitchers were nearly perfect through 3 innings, with the only thing of note was an Ohtani single that was erased by a caught stealing.
However, Thor couldn’t find the zone in the 4th, allowing walk after walk until he walked in a run. Dodgers gifted a run, and the Angels were in a 1-0 hole.
Thor did last another 2/3 of an inning after a leadoff double and back to back Ks.
It was pretty much a nothing fest for most of the rest of the game. Sure, Mookie Betts made it 2-0 Dodgers instead of 1-0 in the 8th, Wantz serving him a meatball, but that was the only hit by either team since the 5th.
Hope came in the 9th, as a shattered bat by Trout dropped in barely to put the tying run to the plate. It shattered so hard in fact, that it stabbed the ump in the face, forcing him to leave the game.
Ohtani doubled, putting runners at 2nd and third with one out. A walk by Duffy loaded the bases for Jared Walsh.
He struck out. Now with 2 outs, it was all up to Stassi now. And HE struck out. Angels lose. Again.
Yet another loss means that being in 3rd place in the AL West isn’t even safe. Another game in LA tomorrow and then 5 in Seattle. It is looking bleak right now.