In the final game of the series against the A’s at home, the Angels looked to salvage this somehow.
However, that was a pipe dream. Janson Junk had the start and he lived up to his name. 2 and a third innings, 6 ER. Pathetic. 5 hits and 2 walks against 2 strikeouts.
Digging out of a hole that big would be a tall order and burning through a bullpen for such a game was not ideal. So, the offense had to show up to even have a ghost of a chance. Luckily, they did. 7 home runs in the game! The most in a long, long time.
Unfortunately, all were solo shots, and the pitching gave up too many for that to be enough. Still, 7 solo home runs, that tied a record!
At least Ohtani showed he is healthy for real as he hit a home run. 1-0 Angels.
Then, in the 2nd, Suzuki hit one as well, 2-0 Angels.
However, the top of the 3rd was horrendous, as Junk gave up 6 runs.
Junk was pulled and the damage mercifully ended.
Taylor Ward made it suck slightly less with his home run, the 3rd by the Angels on the day.
So of course the Angels give up more, a 2 run home run in the 4th.
Jo Adell made it slightly better by hitting a home run of his own.
After failing in the 5th, Jared Walsh hit the 5th home run for the Angels in the 6th.
Touki Toussaint pitched 4 and a third innings of relief, giving up just 2 runs to give the offense a chance. This was his 2nd 4 inning, 2 run appearance for the Angels since being acquired from the Braves. Not bad.
Shohei thanked him for his job well done and hit his second home run of the game!
The bullpen did well, with Wantz, Tepera, and Jesse Chavez not allowing a run the rest of the way, it was up to the offense to somehow score more.
Mickey Moniak stood up to the challenge, channeling the power of the mouse to hit the 7th home run for the Angels today!
However, this meant they were still down 8-7, as all 7 were solo shots.
With 2 outs and one on, Shohei Ohtani had the chance to walk it off. He didn’t. Ohtani popped up. Angels lose the series.