Here is a little soundtrack music brought to you by the Astros pitching and the Angels offense.
It was Reid Detmers versus Framber Valdez. The Astros started off this game in typical fashion by scoring two runs in the first inning. The Angels started off this game in typical fashion by scoring zero runs in the first inning. The difference is that in the third and fourth innings the Astros gifted the Angels back those two runs with an assortment of wild pitches, errors, and passed balls. (See soundtrack)
We get to the bottom of the eighth tied at two all and Stefanic walked. Ohtani worked his count and eventually the Astros gave him the IBB to get at Ward of all people. Ward, for his part, was working a great walk until he was called out on strikes. Oh well. So now we go to the ninth inning tied at two.
Raisel Iglesias retired Jake Meyers on a fly out, Chas McCormick on a strikeout (Chas? Seriously?), and Martin Maldonado on a strikeout.
The mighty Luis Rengifo came up and hit the first pitch on the ground to Yuli Gurriel for out number one. Jo Adell then struck out swinging. Jonathan Villar popped out to the shortstop. It’s 2-2 after nine.
Uh Oh! Aaron Loup came in to replace Iglesias. Of course some rando (Korey Lee) is standing out there at second base so it’s not a clean inning. Mauricio Dubon hit a fly ball out which advanced Lee to third base. Jeremy Pena then singled to drive Lee in. It’s 3-2 Astros. Bregman grounded into a force out. Kyle Tucker was mercifully out on a grounder to Luis Rengifo.
Now Jared Walsh came up against right handed pitcher Ryan Pressly who basically gave him everything possible low and out of the strike zone. Walsh swung at a couple of those pitches nevertheless and managed to strike out. Max Stassi lined out softly to second. The Astros seemed to be handing a walk to Brandon Marsh, but he couldn’t help but swing at ball three way out of the zone. A couple more consecutive strikes and it was game over.