It’s Shohei Sunday! Unfortunately, it just wasn’t Shohei’s day today.
David Fletcher opened the game up with a single. Mike Trout hit into a force out bringing up Shohei Ohtani who walked. It all went for naught. Luis Rengifo and Taylor Ward made a couple of outs to end the Angels half of the first inning. Riley Greene homered right away to make it 1-0 Tigers. Javier Baez drew a one out walk and then the next two guys made outs.
In the second inning the Angels seemed to be specializing in striking out. Max Stassi did manage to ground out, though. Shohei gave up a double to Willi Castro to start of the Tigers half of the second inning. Akil Baddoo singled to drive Castro over to third. Baddoo stole second and Riley Greene walked to load them up for Victor Reyes with two outs. Fortunately, Reyes grounded out to keep it 1-0.
Andrew Velazquez singled to lead off the third inning. David Fletcher popped out to bring up mike Trout who singled to put two runners on for Shohei Ohtani who then struck out. Luis Rengifo hit a fly ball out to center to end the threat. Ohtani gave up a hit to Harold Castro in the third but that was about it.
The Angels got a two out base runner in the top of the fourth inning by means of a Jared Walsh walk. Max Stassi couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity. Akil Baddoo got the two out walk in the Tigers half of the fourth. This time he made it to second base on a wild pitch. Anyway, Riley Greene walked to make it first and second with two outs for Victor Reyes who tripled to make it 3-0 Tigers. Here is a video clip of Taylor Ward’s almost home run.
Andrew Velazquez doubled to open up the fifth inning. He’s apparently decided to start hitting. David Fletcher made an out but Mike Trout got a walk. Kurt Suzuki was sent in to pinch hit for Shohei Ohtani and he made the second out with a fly ball. Luis Rengifo made the third out, also with a fly ball.
Jimmy Herget was now pitching and Kurt Suzuki stayed in the game as the designated hitter. Herget hit Willi Castro with a pitch to put a man on and two outs. Kody Clemens doubled to score Castro. The Tigers led 4-0 at this point.Jimmy Herget got out of the inning without allowing any more runs.
Will Vest came in to pitch for Eduardo Rodriguez. It didn’t make much difference. Taylor Ward grounded out. Jo Adell did reach first on catcher’s interference after a successful challenge.
Jared Walsh promptly popped for the second out. Max Stassi hit a fly ball out to left field. Riley Greene came up and hit a one out ground rule double but Victor Reyes hit into a fly ball double play with Greene being gunned down at third.
Jason Foley replaced Will Vest on the mound. Velazquez and Fletcher both made outs, but Mike Trout got a single. Kurt Suzuki then grounded out to end the top of the seventh inning. Andrew Wantz replaced Jimmy Herget on the mound for the bottom of the seventh inning. He retired the Tigers in order.
Andrew Chafin replaced Jason Foley on the mound for the top of the eighth inning. Luis Rengifo grounded out to third. Taylor Ward grounded out to the pitcher. Jo Adell, though, bucked the trend by hitting a triple to right field. Jared Walsh struck out looking.
Jesse Chavez came in for the bottom of the eighth inning. The Tigers went three up, three down to bring the Angels back down by four in the top of the ninth.
Gregory Soto replaced Andrew Chafin on the mound. Max Stassi reached on a fielding error by Willi Castro. Andrew Velazquez then struck out. David Fletcher hit the ball but ended the game.
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi