Jose Suarez looked great against a struggling Tigers offense and the Angels offense went full throttle on Motor City.
For a guy like Suarez, this is a sign of development. He knew he could get outs and pitched aggressively. In years past he nibbles, gets a high pitch count, and burns bullpen arms in a blowout. Not tonight. He was in dominate mode.
On the night Suarez threw 7 shutout innings on 92 pitches including 67 strikes. He scattered three hits around 7 strikeouts and only one walk.
Meanwhile on the offensive side, Rengifo, Trout, and Ohtani had big hits early and the Angels jumped to a 7-0 lead after 5 innings.
Ohtani is making his case for MVP.
Mike Trout is doing Mike Trout things. This is his sixth home run in the last 12 games.
And did I mention Ohtani and his MVP push? Well if the voters want dingers, Ohtani will give them dingers. Here’s his second bomb on the night. This one stretched the Angels lead to 8-0 in the 7th.
Worth mentioning among the super stars is Luis Rengifo getting hits in his first three at bats, scoring two runs and driving in another.
The Angels offense was so hot even Max Stassi had an RBI hit. That pushed the score to 9-0.
Andrew Wantz took over in the 8th and pitched a scoreless inning.
A little bonus fun was seeing infielder Kody Clemens, yes Roger’s son, pitch to Ohtani in the bottom of the 8th. Clemens got the K and saved the baseball.
Thanks to a double and the two bombs Ohtani ended the night with 10 total bases.
A late knock against Clemens made it 10-0.
Feel good story Zack Weiss did the mopping up in the 9th. He allowed a hit but no runs.
10-0 Angels win!
Light up the halo!