Slow down, guys. It is a Friday afternoon. No need to breeze through half the game before most of us get off work.
But that is exactly what happened. Patrick Sandoval was looking like the young gun we’d hoped he’d be, cruising through 5 innings on 54 pitches with worm burners galore. He allowed a couple of base runners over that time but did induce two double plays and nearly a third.
This game started as being all about the return of Trout and he delivered a knock early.
But the night would end with Sandoval as the hero and Manning as a tough luck loser as he also dealt.
Matt Manning was the guy I wanted to trade Adell for in every off season piece for the last few years, mowing through the Angels lineup early. Of course it helps when that lineup features Adell, Rojas, Suzuki as a bottom third.
Offense? Yeah there was one play.
That was it until the late stages of the game. One run on one swing of the bat to make it 1-0 Angels in the second and that run held for the rest of the game.
Manning left after seven with the solo shot to Walsh as his only blemish. Be only gave up 3 hits total.
But the man of the night was clearly Patrick Sandoval. He was mixing his pitches well, throwing strikes, and getting agead of nearly every hitter.
Normally the change up is Sandoval’s best pitch. Tonight the slider was nearly unhittable. And he used it nearly a third of the time.
Hats of to the trio of Tigers who combined for 9 innings of 3 hit ball. But the three of them combined were no match for Sandoval tonight.
Complete game shutout. 4 hits with 3 of those base runners erased by double plays. 10 times he got ahead 0-2.