What if I told you that the Angels offense actually showed up today? That the hitting batted around in the first inning? It was a game of unnatural performance from the Angels hitters, all on a day that Shohei Ohtani did not pitch.
The Goose is loose, for you have entered, The Twilight Zone.
Picture it, a sunny day in Atlanta Georgia. Reid Detmers on the mound for the Halos. He goes out and has an outing where he pitches 5 shutout innings. The 2020 10th overall pick allowed no runs on only 3 hits, striking out 6 and walking 2.
Phil Gosselin made his first start for the Angels this season. Perhaps this was the spark that was needed, a loose goose if you will. Taylor Ward hit one out, looking like his April self. In fact, every starter got on base today, something that hasn’t been done in a long, long time.
The Angels batted around in the first inning off Ian Anderson. Seriously.
First, Taylor Ward hit a 1 out home run!
Next, Stassi drove in one!
Jo Adell came through too!
Marsh made a productive out.
Even Squid did something good!
Ohtani almost made it 6-0, but, was denied.
This big lead was the confidence booster that Reid Detmers needed. He pitched like he had the lead, throwing strikes and making outs against the powerful Braves lineup.
In order to ensure the win, however, the Angels kept adding on runs.
Luis Rengifo drove in another, with a throwing error scoring Ward as well.
Max Stassi hit a sac fly for yet another run!
Jo Adell is not good at defense. But since it is The Twilight Zone today, he made a great catch!
Wantz did give up a run, however.
The Angels did get that run back though thanks to a Stassi triple!
The Angels win! It is the first time the Angels won a non Ohtani start since June 27th. 40-55 on the year now.