Thor took the mound against a White Sox team that is playing well below expectations and dealing with the injury big.
The Angels got on the board first thanks to a triple by Brandon Marsh that was initially ruled a home run.
Squid knocked on Marsh to make it 2-0 after two with both runs coming from the bottom of the order.
Neither offense was able to manage a run for the next three innings although Chicago did leave runners stranded on third twice. The Angels stranded runners in two innings as well.
Thor was effective and efficient, needing only 55 pitches through 5 innings and retiring the first 9 in a row. However a one out walk to Tim “ Jackie” Anderson immediately came back to haunt when Vaughn doubled him home on the next pitch. 2-1 Halos.
Brandon Marsh made another great play that saved an RBI double.
However Jose Abreu roped one not even Marsh could catch to tie the score. He escaped the inning by striking out could’ve been Angel AJ Pollock.
Lucas Giolito looked like a stud, limiting the Angels to 2 runs on 6 hits through 6 innings.
Despite getting hit pretty hard in the 6th, Thor rolled out for the 7th. So did Tyler Wade, replacing Thor 2 at third and immediately dropping the Angels win probability with his presence.
A hard hit single was followed by a bunt Thor bobbled leading to 2 on with nobody out. Everyone but acting manager Ray Montgomery could see Thor was done. But no, a hard hit single on the next pitch made it 3-2 Chicago.
The Angels were able to get the trail runner out at second on a play that was upheld on review. Maybe Ray was right because Thor got a double play ball to eve the inning.
Seventh inning stretch time had it 3-2 Sox.
Mad Max Stassi has been quiet with the bat this year but did a great job working a lead off walk off Sox reliever Lopez to start the home half of the 7th. Tonight’s hero Marsh then roped a single to left.
Squid sacrifice bunt moved the runners over then Taylor Ward delivered a 2 run double with Marsh just beating the throw. 4-3 Angels.
The decision to pull Thor 2 and insert Wade immediately came into play as Ohtani was intentionally walked with 2 on and 2 out to get to Wade. Y’all know what happened.
Ryan Tepera held the one run lead by pitching a clean 8th inning aided by a nice play by none other than Tyler Wade.
Marsh added an opposite field single in the bottom of the 8th to give him 3 hits on the night to go along with 2 runs scored, an RBI, and a web gem.
Iglesias came out in the 9th to prove he can throw more than just sunflower seeds and shut the door.
Light up the halo! 4-3 Angels win.
I went to the game last night. Thor pitched pretty well Felt bad at times for him as he seemingly struggled to get a little extra juice on his fastball. Contrast that with Lopez who just reached back and blew 97 by Trout, the old Thor style. Hope he can get some of his old heater back
Thor2 has been a little unlucky so far with his batting average. His Statcast xBA is .336 and while he probably won’t end up being a .330 hitter, he’s probably a lot closer to .270/.280 than he is the .230 that he’s currently hitting. Plus, with his high walk rate, he’s a very valuable hitter.
still waiting for some elite power.
Four games under .500.
Six games back of the wild card.
Taylor Ward is still not a pumpkin.
It’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses…
“I come from a long line of quitters. My father was a quitter, my grandfather was a quitter. I was raised to give up.”
I admit it! I turned it off! Should have known this team has True Grit!
Great start from Thor. Marsh contributing. Rengifo not making me curse too much. Good win.
This. This is the description of a solid night of baseball.
Lots of surprises tonight from the unexpected. Lots of Angels Web Gems too. It is two in a row one run wins, kool. Great bunt by Squid, Wade makes a great play at third, Renny makes a great play at second base with a throw in the ninth. Marsh can play LF with anybody. Fun time watching the Halos. Thor and Tepera and Iggy had good nights too.
Post-game with Tim and G.A. is very good with Frenchie.
Game Ball goes to Taylor Ward tonight. Close second is Marsh.
Yay Squid. At least he can bunt.
Nice to see Marsh, Squid, and Wade contributing tonight in different ways.
Great team win.
Let’s keep it rollin.
I Just Felt like gettin 3 Hits!
This is great — he is even wearing a red hat !!
20 year deal for Perry!
Nevin is a Guru!
Monte Harrison MVP!
Daniel LaRussa’s gonna fight!!!
Not if Cobra Kai has anything to say about that.
Or we’re undefeated without Nevin.
Please, No, no extension for Perry……
Let’s keep it rolling and do it again tomorrow. Good win Halos
Nice pace of play tonight!