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!
I turned the game off with two outs in the 9th and Stassi batting. Thus, this morning was a pleasant surprise. Glad to see the team is still playing hard, etc.
Great vid of Ohtani’s HR from behind HP
LTBU! On their way to a 10 – 15th pick again.
Sad, but true. I’d much rather get a shot at the #1 pick via lottery than this. Keep losing! This season is lost.
Fuckin sucks that Trout will be back soon!
That’s the spirit!
Who would you rather have at this point? The No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft (Torkelson) or the No. 10 (Detmers)? This isn’t the NBA. Would rather enjoy the elation of a few games like the one last night than a few draft spots.
yes, I have made this same point several times before here. In MLB there is not a big difference between drafting at #4 or #5 or even #1 and drafting at #10-13. In fact, as you point out, sometimes it is better to draft lower, if you just look at recent history.
I don’t think we’ll have clear understanding of the 2020 draft selections for 5-7 years. One could look backward over the last 2 decades and come up with arguments where the 1st pick was not all he is cracked up to be but what position would you rather be in? A position where you can select any player you want or in a position where your selection may have come off the board? All drafts are not created equal and some drafts have clear top selections, aka Bryce Harper.
Angels are a pretty bad team. Fighting for 3rd place is a tad underwhelming for me. Ripping jerseys off walk-offs seem rather…ridiculous. For the last 1.5 months, the Angels season at this point is all about auditioning on who plays well enough to get an invite to stay on the team. W/L less significant.
What I have a clear understanding is tanking to get the number #1 overall pick is dumb.
Angels really don’t have to try to tank, they are bad. Tucker Davidson bad. Forgive me that I didn’t jump for joy that we just got our 50th win last night after game 114. SMH.
Its better to have the 1st pick than the 15th pick. Anyone arguing against this statement should go join Joe for a game of golf.
Yep, and we have one of them on our team AS PROOF!!
The 2016 draft class was considered one of the weakest classes in recent memory at the time, and that has proven to be true five years later. The best players were all drafted outside the first round and only one player has eclipsed 10 WAR in his career.
Ok, I’ll call “Uncle.” but regardless of hindsight and having years to assess, would you prefer to be in the top 3-5 making a selection, or satisfied in 12-15 spots? Mark me down for the former.
NSS He’s actually the 10th MLB #1 overall draft pick to play for the Angels in their history but you already knew that.
You are spot as it relates to the MLB.
Here are the last #1 overall picks from drafts 2016 through 2018 (2019 thru 2022 probably are still too fresh)
2013 Mark Appel
2014 Brady Aiken
2015 Dansby Swanson
2016 Mickey Moniak
2017 Royce Lewis
2018 Casey Mize
With this time frame alot of these players should be in their prime but there aint alot of WAR there other than Dansby (12.9 2/3’s thru his age 28 season) Now granted a couple of players could still blossom but that is pretty embarrassing for being the first Overall pick selected.
I dont quite agree with your comments regarding the NBA though Even the NBA screws up all the time. Arguably The best current young players in the NBA and their draft position are:
Gianis 15th pick
Hell Michael Jordan was 3rd, Steph Curry was 7th and Kobe was 13th. The NBA suffers from a similar but not as severe of a problem
50th win! Yay! Even in a horrible season we can celebrate at least 50 times.
Isn’t there something about you win 50, you lose 50 and it is how you play in the other 62 games that matter?
Thanks Tommy Lasorda. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/123936-no-matter-how-good-you-are-you-re-going-to-lose. But you know how I feel about Tommy Lasorda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5B9B_jqyh0
Had no idea Bundy got the win and Detmers the loss tonight. Bally so used to Angels losing that they put this up …
They thought Bundy was still on the Angels
Wait. So Nevin sent Ohtani? AYFKM? He has to be the most inept manager in all of MLB. They need to terminate him with prejudice like immediately.
If it opens a hole at 2nd and Rengifo shoots a ball there – he’s a genius. Just a bad luck play and great play by Ton of Bux
Nothing horrible, just did not work. Sierra not tagging up screw-up was masked by the DP.
Thats nonsense. the only reason to send him was to prevent the GIDP but I dont believe the middle infielders were playing at that depth. Buxton was playing so shallow that no-one was going to tag on that catch anyways. But its asinine to piss away an out. Have you ever heard of scoring the winning run on a two out hit ? Of course you cant do that if you run a meaningless runner into the last out.
I’d rather not distract the hitter. Tie game, with runner at 3rd, 1 out and it’s friggin Rengifo, let him bat. Sierra just needed to hold up, even with Buxton shallow he had a chance. If Halos were down 2, say questionable hitter at the plate, I support the steal. attempt
Yep. Alot of ways to score from 3rd with two outs including a hit, a Wild Pitch, a Passed Ball and an error…
He’s not a genius because Ohtani’s run didn’t mean anything !
If Sierra scores from 3rd the game is over ! Sierra is the only thing that counts at that point.
DUH I Rhinnk I Rhinkk another field manager will turn this baby around………Duhhhhhhh$$$#@$%&*(_?><M
Annd pitchers with winning records don’r matter eether
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Nice, we are getting pitching lately.
the Twins are only 4 games over .500 in the 2nd worst division in MLB.
Yaaayyyyyyy!!!!!! we beat a .500 team or less in most other places
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Marsh 3 Ks tonight in a 1-0 loss
Tough sledding for him the last two games. Tonight was DeGrom
He was a Eppler kid.
Possibly go down as the worst GM tenure in team history………All who’s left is Ohtani and Detmers.
Gubi called it. Was saying Ward looked confident and locked in. Said he’d walk it off. Great call there.
Gubi is rarely wrong
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OH NO!!!!! WE DONT SUCK TONIGHT
Incredible. It looked like an epic butter cup in the 10th.
Central Valley boy Ward in the clutch!
*tony reagins territory (Indio)
No Indio Blues tonight.
But he did go to Free Snow state
Taylor Ward you’re my hero