Three years ago tonight the Angels put on one of the most amazing experiences in baseball history, the Tyler Skaggs no hitter.
Tonight Noah “Trade Chip” Syndergaard was on the bump and was down 2-0 before most fans had found their seats.
The Angels got one of those runs back on a Jared Walsh ground out in the bottom of the first. Walsh looked to get overly aggressive and swing himself out of a walk. On the month, Walsh is hitting a very Wade-esque .111/.149/.111.
Thor wasn’t his best, going 4 innings and giving up 3 runs, all earned. 4 walks hurt him and a 2 out walk in the third extended the inning and led to that third run.
Jose Marte came in with 2 on and no out in the 5th and went through the heart of the Astros order without giving up a hit or allowing a run to score.
That’s a bright spot. Also Stefanic worked a lead off walk in the first and scored that run. Brandon Marsh got a nice hit and made several nice plays in the field.
We’re playing to establish the 2023 roster and right now those three are looking promising.
For the bad news, Mike Trout left the game with back spasms in the fifth inning. Cue the Angels medical staff saying “day to day.”
Andrew Wantz wasn’t sharp. He gave up a couple hits then with two outs gave up a single to Jose “Chest Tattoo” Altuve that got by Monte Harrison to make it 5-1 in the 6th.
Austin Warren returned to the Big A and looked alright. Three ground ball outs and a one out double to Alex “Edelman” Bregman. 5-1 at the stretch.
Finally the Astros pulled Luis Garcia and gave tte Angels a chance. Reliever Maton made a defensive miscue, face up a run, and left with the bases loaded and only one out thanks to more defensive miscues by the Astros.
Stefanic made an out then Thor 2 roped a 2 run, 2 out double to make it 5-4.
Marsh hustled to third on the play. Great base running that paid off when the very next pitch went to the backstop. All tied at 5 with Ohtani at the plate.
A walk to Ohtani led to a fly out by Ward. Inning over, but momentum all with the Angels who had scored 5 runs on only 2 hits to this point.
Jose Quijada pitched a dominant top of the 8th. When he’s on, he’s on. Two K’s and a fly out to keep it tied.
No runs by the Angels in the bottom of the 8th led to possible trade chip Raisel Iglesias pitching the 9th and the top of the Astros order.
Altuve got the benefit of the call on a check swing then walked on an identical pitch Ohtani took for a called strike three. Both Iglesias and Nevin were pissed.
Diaz punched a two strike single to center, Altuve went to third, and the rerun of Friday in Baltimore was on.
Kyle Tucker roped a double to right. 6-5 Astros. An intentional walk loaded the bases But Baltimore 2.0 it was not as Iglesias escaped the inning without further damage. The damage, however, was done.
Houston has a real closer and Ryan Presley shit the door to end it 6-5.