Angels score 5, win in Miami

What is a pitching ace? Some say that an ace is someone who is able to stop a losing streak. Well, if anyone is an ace for the Angels it is Shohei Ohtani, who went today as a pitcher and hitter. Enjoy this while you can, Angels fans.

Shohei the pitcher went 7 innings, giving up 1 unearned run on 2 hits, striking out 10 and walking 3. Not bad, not bad at all.

What really made the difference was Ohtani the hitter, who had 2 RBI and a run scored, helping himself tremendously. Another other thing was that the hitters were also decent today. Ward, Rengifo, and even Stassi got hits. In fact, this was the first time the Angels had 5 runs in a game since June 22nd.

Highlighted Recap

The Marlins scored first thanks to a misthrow by Rengifo and a sac fly. 1-0 Marlins.

Oof

Not to worry, though, as the Angels answered back… eventually, scoring in the 5th thanks to a Trout HBP.

Taking one for the team

Ohtani gave the Angels the lead with a 2 RBI single immediately after.

3-1 Angels

That lead would be extended in the 7th, as Taylor Ward singled in another.

4-1 Angels

Then, Luis Rengifo got the 5th run across with yet another single.

5-1 Angels

Ohtani continued to go along great, striking out 10 in his 7 innings of work, giving up just that 1 unearned run.

Sugoi!

Tepera had a clean 8th, and D-Cell came in for the 9th with a 5-1 lead. It wasn’t clean, giving up a run, but he got the 3 outs needed.

Angels win!

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Man, when the Angels win it doesn’t fit the narrative at all.

jcstein
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2 months ago

The Angels didn’t win. The Marlins just lost more effectively than we did.

h27kim
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2 months ago

The narrative is that Ohtani wins and this has precedence over Angels losing, so it still fits.

Troutstrikeout
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2 months ago

1 win bc of cheat code Ohtani, the most talented player of all time, to get to 38-45 a worse record than the upcoming powerhouse Orioles and same record as the star studded Diamondbacks, goes against the narrative of this being a completely wasted season that was over by early June? Ok

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Troutstrikeout

It goes against the narrative that we’re worse than the O’s and Bags and this was a wasted season by June? That’s what I said. sooo… OK….

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 months ago

the solution is obvious. The rotation should be Ohtani, Thor, Sandy. That’s it. And on the days that Thor and Sandy pitch our bullpen should be Iglesias and Ohtani. Ohtani needs to pitch 300 innings. Let’s see….we have 79 games left…times 9 = 711 innings. Have Ohtani pitch 300 of those, Iggy 51, and Thor and Sandy 180 each. Maybe give them a rest if we have one of those offensive explosions (10 runs or more).

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

Thor needs to be traded, Perry has 3 more weeks to help the Angels 2023 chances.

VladimirTrout27
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2 months ago

Last year I thought Ohtani was a 1B and this season he’s looking like a true 1. Love the opening of the story as Ohtani puts the team on his shoulders every 6 days and they win. I can’t stand the “trade him” comments because this is why you go on in with Ohtani. Character guy and hopefully him and Trout get help. Those guys aren’t griping, as they go out and play

Cowboy26
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2 months ago

Ohtani was a first baseman last year?

VladimirTrout27
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

#1. B) vs #1. A) Starting pitcher. Sorry. Like .5 tier lower than true ace, but above a #2

Last edited 2 months ago by VladimirTrout27
Brent
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That’s where my mind went too.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

Agree, I’ve joined the club. Keep both players until they retire. Dump everyone else. I like watching greatness and have become jaded with wins/losses. I hope they get to the Series some day but not hard core over it with this organization. Too much buffoonery to overcome. Just give me a healthy Trout and a Ohtani back-to-back in the lineup everyday and I’ll tune in.

Fansince1971
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2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

You mean keep all 3 players because Rendon is untradeable.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

He actually meant to keep 4 players. We forgot about the Plumber who secretes greatness.

DowningDude
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Leaky secretions are what plumbers usually fix

Fansince1971
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2 months ago

Has there ever been a team this mediocre with more magical/ historic performances in a single season?

That’s a rhetorical question-?the answer is no.

Brent
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2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Lakers last season?

Fansince1971
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2 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Maybe. I haven’t watched pro basketball for many years.

Angels2020Champs
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2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

You haven’t missed anything. It’s like all the worst parts of soccer (flailing, drama queens) except you don’t have to tune in til the final 2 minutes… that’ll take an hour.

Last edited 2 months ago by Angels2020Champs
BruinsAngelsKings
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2 months ago

Quite possibly, the most true statement on the internet…ever.

SC_Halo
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2 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Angels, Lakers, USC football…it has been hell in recent times. 😔

VladimirTrout27
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2 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Maybe Brookyln Nets

Angels2020Champs
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2 months ago

Needed that!

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ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 months ago

If Arte isn’t going to have to build a new stadium development he should definitely just YOLO that money he had earmarked to keep Shohei here.

If we’re gonna be a mediocre team I at least want these kind of magical performances sprinkled in. Great stuff.

rosstrade
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Well said…..

Players like Trout and Ohtani are generational talents.

I want more than anything for Arte to build around them and bring the team into the playoffs…..

VladimirTrout27
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2 months ago
Reply to  rosstrade

I pray all the time for Ballmer to buy the Angels

Cowboy26
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2 months ago

Every night dude. It would be every night. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I14b-C67EXY

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  rosstrade

But but we’re wasting his talents. He needs to go to one of them good teams. We’re not worthy.

Last edited 2 months ago by Cowboy26
rosstrade
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I hear you Cowboy…..

We also wasted Trout’s talents.

Trout plays for the Angels for 10 years and only makes the playoffs once. There is something wrong with this.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  rosstrade

Look the Angels wasted Nolan Ryan’s talents during most of his career here. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

We can’t change the past but we sure as hell can change the future. I still like what Perrys doing with the farm. the trash pandas have a lot of good young Pitchers and position players and just as important they are learning how to win. The I.E. deserves some love from us too. We have a core of young players that 20 years old or less that are competing with a much older crowd and 3 of them ( Catcher Edgar Quero (19), 2B/SS Adrian Placencia (just turned 19) & 3B/SS Warner Blakely ) are damn near all stars. So as bleak as it is before the dawn . Good shit is happening in the darkness.

Now Arte needs to step up and spend some real dough.

ihearhowie3.0
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah there’s something to be said for history. If you weren’t alive in the 70s/80s for those teams, the stats and seasons Ryan put up in an Angels uniform is pretty sweet to read up on and the team success is kinda less important.

Rings are all that matters. Nobody remembers or really values if you made the wild card or advanced to the ALCS 30 years ago. They care about titles and individual greatness.

JackFrost
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

And, if he is really serious about changing things he will dump Carpino and swear off the meddling in player personnel decisions.

jcstein
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2 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

As a businessman, Arte would be smart to back the brinks truck up and pay Ohtani whatever he wants. I went to Japan in 2019, and that guy is an absolute superstar over there. Every subway station has posters of him, tons of shops in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, and Osaka had Angels hats and merchandise. The Halos have to be making an insane amount of money off all that stuff overseas, which I assume would pay for a huge portion of his salary.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  jcstein

Even if you lose money on him, why wouldn’t you do everything you could do have a legendary, historical player forever linked to your brand? He does more for the Angels than any player in the league could.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

Angels don’t win this game if Shohei was not on the mound. Still a pop-gun offense. Don’t be fooled.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Disagree. Look at the Angels record when they score five runs. The odds were still in their favor.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

In fact Doing a quickie check of 2022 game logs show that the Angels are now 20-9 in games they score 5 runs or more and 18-36 when they score 4 or less so you get picture.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

Facts suck.

FungoAle
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Not interested in chasing statistics but guessing most teams have a better chance of success if they score 5 or more runs. Shohei dominated today, set the tone like no other Angel player could do. Any other starter, Angels fall flat.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  FungoAle

Oh no! It looks like some people are happy we won! Happiness leads to thirst! NEXT THING YOU KNOW, KOOL-AID! And if people drink the Kool-Aid then they won’t rise up and join in the coming struggle to…. do nothing. They may even go 18 hours without angrily doing absolutely nothing about what they NEED to be pissed about!

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Cowboy26
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2 months ago

Wait. Why is Andy Reid trying to bust through that wall ?

Last edited 2 months ago by Cowboy26
WallyChuckChili
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

FTFY

Wait. Why is Sosh trying to bust through that wall ?

Fumid346
Member
2 months ago

Rengifo continuing to get some clutch hits. Keep it going Luis. Hope the Angels don’t start messing with him and just let him play every day

VladimirTrout27
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Fumid346

1000%! Since June 18th which started a good stretch for him: 310/333/552, 150wrc+….. 885 OPS!!!

He’s taken a spot with his recent play, but still needs to get walks up which hopefully happens as the lineup improves.

Last edited 2 months ago by VladimirTrout27
Cowboy26
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2 months ago

He still needs to walk more and the yips are now returning to his defense but there is definite encouragement.

VladimirTrout27
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah and that’s where Velasquez comes in as replacement glove. But right now they need offense bad!!!!

Last edited 2 months ago by VladimirTrout27
gitchogritchoffmypettis
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I’m glad Renjifo’s lookin useful but I don’t think he’s ever gonna be a BB/OBP guy, and that’s fine as long as he’s not paired with SquidWade.

benjiface
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Fumid346

Dude, he IS playing every day. Stefanic should be too

jcstein
Trusted Member
2 months ago

I wonder if the Giants would trade us Longoria for a majority salary dump. They’re getting better production out of Flores and potentially Villar, and that would be a decent bat to add to the lineup.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  jcstein

Yeah TBH I figured we would have done something like that immediately after Rendon was done for the year. Perry has this weird habit where he’s either quick with the big moves (cutting Pujols, Upton) or waits way too long to act while he waits for a turnaround with the same ingredients.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

I think Loki might have the hemorrhoids.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Twebur

I was afraid of this… Loki has not looked like himself lately.

Norse history nerd joke… complete.

benjiface
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2 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Lorenzen has been physically bad for awhile

angelslogic
Super Member
2 months ago

Trout is 1 for 18 in July. That can’t continue if the team hopes to have even the slimmest shot at a wildcard spot. Let’s hope he resets during the break.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  angelslogic

It would seem our brawl was not the rebirth we all hoped for.

Twebur
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Nope…just a more afterbirth.

SScott
Super Member
2 months ago

Ohtani dominates and the Angels get a W

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MarineLayer
Super Member
2 months ago

Villar, Stefanic,and Harrison are all better pieces than the ones before and they were used effectively tonight and contributed.

rosstrade
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2 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Can’t help but be glad the team found some pieces that can contribute and start some forward momentum

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  rosstrade

Marsh would’ve struck out there, who knows what Lagares would’ve done.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  MarineLayer

Somehow caught himself on fire.

benjiface
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2 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Made errors and never got one single RBI

WallyChuckChili
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2 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I will agree 100% once Monte actually gets a hit.

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 months ago

He did contribute his body being hit by a pitch in the middle of a rally.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
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MarineLayer
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Crap, I never had that.

WallyChuckChili
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2 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

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MarineLayer
Super Member
2 months ago

Trout, too!

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
2 months ago

He just keeps Hitting!

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James
Trusted Member
2 months ago

Brilliant!

rosstrade
Trusted Member
2 months ago

Love me the Plumber….

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
2 months ago

What also is amazing, is he has 8 wins and had only 9 last year. Now if he turns it on in August and September with the bat, he will win the MVP. Another 35+ HR season would be crazy good.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 months ago

I’m looking over previous years’ stats. The last 10 game winner we had was Barria in 2018. Just 10. In 2017 JC Ramirez won 11 and Parker Bridwell won 10. Weaver won 12 in 2016, Garrett Richards won 15 in 2015. So that’s it. If Shohei can get to 13 wins it’ll be the most since 2015.

Fumid346
Member
2 months ago

JC was a great pick up. Never understood the Reds releasing a guy who threw 97-99 mph.

Charles Sutton
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Super Member
2 months ago

I got something in my eyes.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
2 months ago

Let this be the start of the redemption

El_Duderino
Trusted Member
2 months ago

That was an amazing thing to watch. It’s like Shohtani broke and got stuck in super-slider and 101mph fastball mode.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
2 months ago

GPB said we would score more than 3, but what is important is we got the win and it was a great game.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
2 months ago

I thought you said we’d get more than 3 hits?

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
2 months ago

Hey, you are right I did, old age forgetfulness.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
2 months ago

Angels Win!
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