With everyone either not watching due to the Angels sucking or the Rays’ horrible attendance despite being good, the Trop was once again mostly empty with more focus on behind the scenes than either current team.
Arte is selling the team, but to whom? Who would you want? How long will it take? Will the team still be in Anaheim in the near future?
Meanwhile the Rays fans are worrying about staying in Tampa Bay as their stadium deals and ownership uncertainty has made the fanbase anxious.
These two teams were like siblings in a way. So similar, yet as the older brother tries to recapture the glory days, the younger, more devilish one, tries to be noticed and stand out amongst a group of very talented people back east.
However, a game still had to be played.
So Mike Mayers gets a start eh? The Shrek and Horror star can pitch as well, especially after getting fixed by actual pitching coaches. He went 5 shutout innings, giving up just 2 hits while striking out 5 and walking three. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.
Unfortunately, the Rays pitching was even better. With their ace on the mound, it was no surprised that the Angels got squat. It would be a battle of the bullpens to determine this winner.
It was a pitching duel, and a quick one, with the only highlight in the first half being Jo Adell with a great catch.
That is until the 8th inning, when Mike Trout hit a solo shot!
However, Tepera allowed that run right back in the bottom half of the 8th.
At least Quijada shut them down in the 9th, meaning EXTRA INNINGS TIME!
The Angels seemed to have whiffed at their chance in the top of the 10th, but the first baseman dropped the ball!
Drrrrropped the ball.
Angels now up 2-1 and it is up to Barria to secure the win.
He blew it. Tied game again.
Off to the 11th we go.
Taylor got his Blake on, doubling Ohtani to take the lead… again, AGAIN.
With yet another lead, Barria went out there yet again to TRY AND END THIS GAME.
Instead, Barria blew it for a SECOMD TIME.
Even worse, there were now 2 on, WITH NO OUTS in a TIED GAME. He almost got out of it, but alas, the Angels threw it away.
Angels lose 4-3 in 11.