It was Shohei Ohtani’s last home start at the Big A of the year, perhaps ever. There is no denying that he may not be on the team next year, as the winning culture just isn’t here in Anaheim.
One last time to see him at home as a two way unicorn. Despite his excellence, the team around him still suffers from sucking. If only the offense did not crater, if only the relief pitchers were good, if only Arte Moreno spent more on development.
Cherish this while you still can.
Shohei on the mound went 8 innings, giving up no runs on 2 hits, striking out 10 and walking 1. Another excellent start and his 15th win of the season.
Ohtani the batter went 2-4, with an RBI. Not as good as his pitching.
A team is not just one player, and today those other players did stuff. Rengifo hit a home run, as did Ward, and Stassi. Home run happy game.
The Angels scored first with a leadoff home run from Luis Regifo!
After a Trout Double, Ohtani drove him in for the second run of the inning.
Taylor Ward added on in the 3rd.
As another show of his MVP-ness, Ohtani made a great defensive play.
Max Stassi added insurance in the 6th.
Ohtani had a no no going into the 8th, until a botched play (that was admittedly hard) by Livan Soto ended it with 2 outs.
7 and 2/3 no hit innings for Ohtani. So close. He allowed another single, but got out of it, still 4-0 Angels.
Aaron Loup came in for the last 3 outs. It was a rather dumb move, even with a 4 run lead. He loaded the bases and allowed a run. Leaving with 2 outs and 2 on up 4-1.
Now it was up to Tepera to end this game. He threw a wild pitch. 4-2 Angels.
But a flyout means ANGELS WIN!
Ohtani wins his 15th game of the season.
Ohtani is the MVP… I don’t care about 61, it’s been done, Ohtani’s season hasn’t.
15 wins as pitcher beats 30 more home runs
Capal’s hit off Ohtani looked like an error to me.
It’s one of those unfortunate, but legitimate hits. It’s not a clean one, where no one was able to touch it or close enough to field it, but definitely a hit. I don’t know of any SS who could have gotten to that.
If Ohtani was playing SS too, he would have gotten it.
I get it! Ohtani was too GA to play SS in addition to pitching!!
I watched the game from the A’s feed. Their broadcasters – Kuiper and Braden – seemed to be pulling for Ohtani to get the no-hitter. And they both agreed that, with what Ohtani does, you should give him the MVP every year if he keeps this up, unless some guy comes along and does something totally crazy, like hit 62 HRs and win the Triple Crown.
Arraez got 2 hits last night, so Judge is no longer sitting in Triple Crown territory and has to work to win it.
That said, I find .313 AVG with 62 HRs equally as impressive with or without the useless Triple Crown title.
Am I the only one who thought Loup and Tepera would somehow find a way to lose this game?
I’m sure you can easily find a LOT of companions at CtPG.
That was pure horror💀.
Nope. Whenever Loup comes in, I figure the game is lost, even if we’re up by 10 runs.
So I’m old enough to remember 1998 and the fallout… we just gonna sit here slack jawed at judge and say jee golly what a great season ? Lmfao.
Sweeping the A’s!
possibly his last appearance of 2022.
Glad we got another! And they could win tonight!
He’ll pitch at least one more inning, so that he qualifies. Based on the rotation, he’s due to pitch the final game of the season, and even if not, Nevin will bring him in for one inning out of the pen.
Taylor Ward doing the best imitation of Mike Trout lately.
0.366 since Aug. 23
Only the Angels can make what should have been a glorious win feel almost as bad as a loss.
Fuck You, Loup. And you too, Nevin, for putting him in [September]
Is it me, or does anyone else feel like we’re going to lose when Loup comes in, even if we were ahead by 10?
They do seem to do that more than their share. On the plus side, I am happy with the emergence of Quijada and Herget, and am still keen on Barria there in long relief. Maybe we don’t need a ton of relievers moving forward?
I hope you are right.
But, I don’t see anyone on the team who could be a dominate closer.
We got some arms in the farm system, but don’t know if they will be ready by next season.
honestly, I thought it would be another day that didn’t exist
Even with a 4 run lead, seeing Nevin give the ball to Loup disgusted me….