It was great to see so many of the 2002 team for a celebration before the game. Thanks to AngelsChamps for the cover picture.
Shohei Ohtani followed the festivities. He let the first two on then started throwing darts. The Angels put two runners on themselves only to strand them.
This looked like a lineup for an away game in the Cactus League. Fortunately Ohtani was dealing. He was also on base his first two times.
I’d imagine GA or Erstad could’ve been activated and been a boost to the lineup.
Did I say dealing? How about 15 consecutive hitters retired, 10 by strikeout, after those first 2 reached.
0-0 after five. And it looked like tte only way we’d get 1 is if Ohtani provided it himself.
it was Thor 2 who drove in Ward to give the Angels a 1-0 lead.
Through 7 innings: no runs allowed, tied a career high 12 strikeouts. Ohtani has been dominant at times. He was as good as he’s ever been tonight. Simply brilliant.
If there’s one thing we remember about that 2002 team, it’s scoring runs late in games. And that’s what happened tonight.
Squid walked then scored from first on a Luis Rengifo double. Rengifo was then punched in by Thor 2 on his first MLB hit and second RBI of the night.
Tyler Wade was brought in as a pinch runner and his mere presence on the field was enough to extinguish the rally. He’s the Yang to the Rally Monkey’s yin.
Angels up 3-0 heading to the 8th and Ohtani stayed on the mound, searching for his 13th K. He got it, looking, to end the inning.
After the lead off hits, Kansas City went 0 for 23 with one walk that was immediately erased on a double play. Domination.
Late runs, unlikely heroes…that 2002 magic was in the house. Squid punched in Lagares to put the Angels up 4-0 in the 8th. Squid then scored on a double by Ward that bounced out of Benatendi’s glove (where was that E last night?) 5-0 Halos.
Ryan Tepera came in and closed it out.
What a great night to be an Angels fan!