Another thing I love about baseball. There was excitement about a game featuring two teams well out of first place due to the presence of a highly touted prospect.
We likely saw a glimpse of the Angels future with the debut of Logan O’Hoppe. And that future looked bright.
Once the man of the hour got his first hit out of the way, the man of the last decade showed him how to really hit a ball.
Trout’s 38th bomb was part of a 3 run 4th inning that out the Angels up 3-1.
That one run was all Michael Lorenzen allowed over his five innings. He wasn’t efficient, needing 102 pitches, but he was effective. He loves it here and is pitching for a job next season. I’d be neither happy or sad.
Aaron Loup is looking like the guy we hoped we signed lately. He pitched a clean 6th to keep the score 3-1.
The Angels had a golden opportunity to extend the lead with bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 6th but three consecutive strikeouts ended the inning.
Mickey Moniak injured his hand in a swing and was replaced by Jo Adell. Why was Adell sitting after a great catch and the game winning hit last night? Perhaps Nevin called Sosh for advice.
The A’s took their turn blowing an opportunity in the seventh. Two on, no outs, no runs. We can thank Quijada.
Taylor Ward took it upon himself to extend the lead, hitting an absolute rocket to centerfield.
Jimmy Herget racked up his second save in two nights. Angels win 4-1.
A really nice part of tonight was this interview with O’Hoppe’s family. Incredible story about the dad.
Watching baseball was a nice distraction but we all know reality is in Florida and our thoughts and prayers are there. Hopefully soon the Red Cross and some help.
Otherwise, at least the end of our 3rd place season has some intrigue.
O’Hoppe call up
Rengifo & Ward emerging
Trout’s crazy power numbers
Foundational cost controlled starting pitching
Adell not playing last night was unfortunate.
It we’re going to (rightfully) bench him when he’s not performing, he should play when he does produce.
I’m excited for O’Hoppe! Glad he was able to get in some games with the Angels after his minor league season ended.
8 saves by Herget and had a good battery mate tonight.
He’s been our best BP piece most of year.
Does this carry over into 2023 or is he a mirage…..
The only guy in the pen that doesn’t make me panic when he’s called in.
69 wins so far. That puts us in a pretty sweet position. To reach 70 or more. Hell, we might even reach 74 before this is over. But as we sit (or recline, as it may be), we have been ballin’ lately.
What number am I thinking of?
Is it 86? (Another haunting year for Angels fans.) As in I’m 86’d for the childish innuendo? Ya got ban powers, don’t you, Charles?
It better not be one. A group of dudes with long hair from my childhood distinctly told me it’s the loneliest number there could ever be. 2 can be as bad as one, it’s the loneliest number since…well…these guys were really hung up on numbers.
Maybe it’s 61. It was 61 years ago that Maris hit his 61st. And now another guy has reached that number. Should he be AL MVP? None of us are the judge here.
If we win EVERY game from here on out we end up at what? 76? We won’t win every game from here on out (I just don’t see it), but 76 seems significant in some way…just can’t put my finger on it.
Speaking of fingers…
O’Hoppe!!!! Impressive debut!
The O’Hoppe era begins