The Angels were going for the sweep against the Tigers. It didn’t mean much in the larger picture, the Angels still sucked after all. But, it would mean something for the players, they are human after all.
One of those said humans was the Sandy man himself. Patrick Sandoval went 5 innings, giving up just 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 4 and walking 1. However, per usual, it ended with a no decision for him.
One of the reasons for that no decision was the offense. While they did score, 3 runs in the first 6 innings isn’t amazing against this pathetic Tigers team. Still, Thaiss and Trout hit home runs, which was rather exciting on a hot day like today. And Ohtani got in for the action late too!
However, the real reason for the loss was the blowpen, with 3/4 of the arms out of it today giving up a run. Quijada in particular being horrible.
Defense set the tone immediately, when, in the first, Squid made a great play.
It was pitching and defense until the 4th, when Sandy gave up a solo shot.
That was fine, as Thaiss responded in the bottom half with a 2 run blast.
More defense in the 5th, as Rengifo has been doing a great job there at 3B as of late.
Trout extended the lead, tying Ohtani for the HR lead of the team!
It was needed, as the bullpen was in the game now and Wantz gave up a run.
Barria came in for the 7th, and blew it.
Luckily, Ohtani was up first in the bottom half and got the lead right back!
Herget had a shutdown 8th, setting up Quijada to save the game.
Aaaaand he blew it. He blew it. Quijada immediately blew it, giving up a home run to the leadoff man in the 9th.
Then the NEXT guy hits one too.
What the hell?! Thanks a lot, Q!
He couldn’t even finish the inning, and Weiss had to come in and keep it close. And he almost blew THAT.
Angels just had to come back to walk it off… again.
Despite Troutani going deep for the 22nd time (8th this year alone), the Angels were about to lose unless they could do even more. Like I said this morning, this team is top heavy.
However, Troutani struck out, leaving Rengifo as the last hope. He singled. Then, Ward walked. Maybe there was hope after all? Duffy pinch hit and nope, he struck out.
Angels lose, fail to sweep the Tigers. All because the Blowpen Blew it. Especially Q.