Rev Halofan did a lot of the writing here.
Today’s game featured Reid Detmers going up against Dylan (Ralph) Bundy.
Carlos Correa, second batter of the game, homered to center to make it 1-0. Other than that the Twins did nothing in the first inning. The Angels, for their part, went down in order. Shohei tried to bunt for a hit. I’m not sure why. At least nobody struck out.
Nobody did much of anything in the second inning. The Angels turned a double play.
REVHF here: I followed the game on radio and Gameday tonight and was prepared to give you a blow by blow (get your mind out of the gutter) but there were no blows in this one early and mid-game.
Aaron Loup gave up a third run in the eighth to convince folks to get to their cars early. Those who did missed a Shohei Ohtani blast to dead center that Terry smith on the radio initially called as an over-the fence catch by Twins CF Byron Buxton. Score then 3-1. It was the first run the Angels had scored since that ghost runner run in the twelfth on Wednesday afternoon.
BOTTOM OF THE NINTH: Down 3-1, Adell got a hit with one out. Tying run came to the plate. Then two outs. Then a walk to Max Stassi. Then a Magnus Sierra triple… wait, what? Yep, boom, two runs score… but then he tried to score after tying the game up. Oops. He was out and we went to extras.
TENTH INNING: Jose Quijada got out of a little jam in the top of the tenth. Then Sierra was the ghost runner right after having just been the goat (old definition) runner. Fletcher bunted him over. With one out the Twins just walked Ohtani. Wouldn’t you? Well on the first pitch he saw, Luis Rengifo lines into a dramatic 8-3, Buxton in CF catching a liner (he left his feet but had been playing quite shallow) and throwing back to 1B to make Shohei the third out. He had run on the pitch and paid the price.
ELEVENTH INNING: Ryan Tepera in relief strikes out Gary Sanchez to start the inning, then he got a groundout that did not allow Mister Ghost to advance from 2B. Okay, IBB to Carlos Correa makes sense, right? Boom, groundout ends the top of the frame with a goose-egg and two stranded.
In the bottom of the frame did you have any doubt that Taylor Ward would do anything but hit a walkoff homerun? He did. Final Score in Anaheim 5-3 oh hell yes, light that baby up!