It was Ohtani night in the twin cities. The unicorn of baseball was up against a team still technically in the race for a playoff spot. Ohtani could bury the Twins, but he would need his teammates to secure him his 14th win.
Ohtani went 5+ innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hit, striking out 7 and walking 6. Shohei got his 200th K of the season, and no hit the Twins through the first 4 and 2/3. It wasn’t the prettiest, as the walks forced him to leave the 6th with the bases loaded.
The hitters hit an bit, but had a hard time driving in a run that wasn’t a home run. Ward hot 2 home runs though, so that was nice. And Troutani did their things.
The twins scored first in the first despite not getting a hit.
Ward hit his 20th home run of the year to tie the game up in the 2nd.
The Angels took the lead in the 3rd thanks to Mike Trout.
In the 4th, Ohtani struck out his 200th batter for the season, an amazing accomplishment.
Ward had himself a night, hitting his second home run of the game in the 6th.
Ohtani’s control wasn’t the best tonight, walking way too many batters. It hurt him again in the 6th, as he allowed his second run of the game.
After walking the bases loaded, he was pulled. It was now up to Loup to not lose it. Yeah… Loup. Phil you moron.
HOWEVER, somehow, someway, the Twins commit a NOBLETIGER (No Outs Bases Loaded, Ending with Team Incapable of Getting Easy Run) and Loup gets out of it with the lead!
Ohtani then helped his own cause by getting that run back in the 7th.
Loup and Herget bridged the gap to Tepera, who came in for the 9th to secure Ohtani’s 14th win. He did it. Angels win!