Angels Win A Real Nail Biter

Today we had Jose Suarez versus Cole Ragans. It was a tough game.

Inning 1

Marcus Semien hit a routine flyout to Ward in center. Corey Seager struck out. Nathaniel Lowe also struck out. Right fielder (?!!) Luis Rengifo flied out to center. Shohei Ohtani grounded out to short. Taylor Ward also flied out to center.

Inning 2

Adolis Garcia hit a mile high out to Jo Adell in left field. Josh Jung Jung grounded out to third. Jonah Heim grounded out to Jose Suarez. Matt

Adolis Garcia hit a mile high out to Jo Adell in left field. Josh Jung Jung grounded out to third. Jonah Heim grounded out to Jose Suarez. Matt Duffy lined out to right. Jo Adell doubled to left. David Fletcher grounded out to third. Kurt Suzuki drove in a run with a bloop hit to center. 1-0 Angels. Livan Soto doubled to send Suzuki to third. Michael Stefanic grounded out to third to end the inning.

Inning 3

Josh H. Smith flied out to Jo Adell. Leody Tavares grounded out to short. Bubba Thompson struck out. Luis Rengifo flied out to left. Shohei Ohtani grounded out to third. Taylor Ward grounded out to short.

Inning 4

Marcus Semien and Corey Seager both struck out. Nathaniel Lowe grounded out to Fletcher. Matt Duffy flied out to Bubba Thompson in right. Jo Adell struck out. David Fletcher lined out to left field.

Inning 5

Adolis Garcia popped out to second base. Josh Jung grounded out to shortstop David Fletcher. Jonah Heim also grounded out to short. Kurt Suzuki popped out to short. Livan Soto bunted to the right side for a hit. Michael Stefanic grounded into a force out. Luis Rengifo drew a two out walk. Shohei Ohtani struck out to end the inning.

Inning 6

Josh H . Smith grounded out to David Fletcher. Leodys Tavares flied out to Ward in center field. Bubba Thompson lined out to Rengifo in right. Jesus Tinoco came in to pitch for the Rangers. Taylor Ward struck out. Matt Duffy made out on a fly ball to center. Jo Adell hit a fly ball out to right fielder Bubba Thompson.

Inning 7

Marcus Semien singled on a ground ball through the left side to screw up the perfect game by Suarez. Corey Seager grounded into a force out. Nathaniel Lowe hit a deep blast to right to make it 2-1 Rangers. Adolis Garcia struck out and Josh Jung grounded out to Fletcher. David Fletcher singled to center. Kurt Suzuki was hit by pitch to put men at first and second with no outs. Jonathan Hernandez came in to pitch for the Rangers. Livan Soto hit a couple of foul ball bunts before hitting a line drive double to center to score Fletcher. 2-2 Angels.

Kurt Suzuki also tried to score but was injured on a play where Jonah Heim tagged him high on a play where the Angels lost their challenge about the home plate collision rule. Soto advanced to third. Matt Thaiss came in to pinch hit for Michael Stefanic. Thaiss hit the ball to Marcus Semien who threw to home but Soto scored. 3-2 Angels.

The Rangers challenged but they also lost their challenge. Sweet! Luis Rengifo grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Inning 8

Zack Weiss came in to pitch. Thaiss stayed in the game at first. Soto was moved to short and Fletcher to second. Matt Duffy was moved to third base. Jonah Heim popped out to third. Josh H. Smith struck out. Leody Tavares also struck out. Matt Moore came in to pitch for the Rangers. Shohei Ohtani singled to left to keep his streak alive. Taylor Ward then struck out, Matt Duffy lined out to center and Jo Adell also flied out to center.

Inning 9

Hang onto your butts! Ryan Tepera came in to pitch the ninth with a one run lead. Kole Calhoun came in to pinch hit for Bubba Thompson. He struck out. Marcus Semien also struck out. Corey Seager flied out to Rengifo in Right field. Angels win 3-2! Woo Hoo!

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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DowningDude
Legend
1 year ago

Weird – I had so much fun at the ballpark that night, I didn’t even realize it was a nail-biter. Thanks for letting me know! 😀

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

Nevin sucking up for a one year deal next season? https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1576645177032077312

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago

Could someone explain that catcher interference rule, I didn’t see a clear path for Suzuki.

FungoAle
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I vote to get rid of the subjective rule

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

How do you get rid of a rule when nobody understands its implementation in the first place?

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago

Last night’s game displayed both the promise and intrinsic failures of the roster, with most of the money going to three players, only two of who produce. The farm system is definitely beginning to bear fruit, and a lot depends on if players like O’Hoppe, Soto, and even Adell can contribute, as well as the developing starters like Suarez, Detmers, and Sandoval.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Is Soto for real?

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Let’s hope so.

FungoAle
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Another 100 ABs and we’ll find out. A lot of Soto hits have been soft but they still count.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

yep I dont want any hard hit bunts.

Fansince1971
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1 year ago

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6 in a row!

Fansince1971
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1 year ago

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Baseball can be fun shuffle!

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago

That was the kind of 9th inning that I like. No drama.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

So weird to see Tepera acting like a real quality pitcher, even when that ump was squeezing him.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Yep. He went out there and did his f**king job as a closer.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 year ago

Nice Suzuki got a nice on body souvenir of the game.

Go Halos!!

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago

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Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

I see we clinched 3rd place in the AL West.

FungoAle
Legend
1 year ago

That is nothing to feel good about. At the time of the brawl, Mariners were behind the Angels. Normally, someone would be held accountable for that. GM said to blame him. He has 1 more chance to turn this around.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

Soto is cheering me up about 2022 and certainly about 2023 or 2024.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 year ago

Yeah, looking like he’ll move Fletcher to 2B to stay

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Im still not sold on Soto defense. And I’m not sure he has a big enough arm to play short full time . Watching Fletcher play short ( or second for that matter) his range is fantastic. Fletch seems to get to so many ball that no-one else ( with the exception of Squid) can get to and still can make the throws with enough velocity even though it looks like hes short arming the throws just to get enough velocity on it.

Either way The Angels will have decisions to make in the next year. Neto and Kyren are on their way. Neto got all of the starts at Rocket City relegating Soto to a utility role. Neto is already considered to be a superior hitter and did nothing at AA to change that mind set. ( Although that leg kick at the MLB level is concerning) But the Angels must feel Neto’s defense is superior despite the fact that Neto had a shit ton of errors in his brief pro debut. Kyren Paris is only 20 years old with blazing speed and from what limited video I saw his defense and throwing arm look plus plus right now for second base. And in his last 120 PAs in high A/ Double AA something clicked with him offensively.

Offensively its interesting that Soto is having success but watching his swing it makes sense. he doesn’t have many moving parts with his swing path to the ball will go the other way and is a great bunter. I think the Angels ultimately view him as a Maicer that can play multiple infield positions but will hit effectively throughout the line up. Fletcher will play very day if healthy. So depending upon Rendons health and development of Rengifo, I really doubt the Angels sign an outside short stop next year certainly no one that would come here for more than one year.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah, Soto reminds me a lot of Izzy.

FungoAle
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Might Maicer is a good comp.

FungoAle
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Agree with all this. I think you captured it perfectly, just trying to put the bat on the ball and not swing from the heels. I’m not seeing a full-time player here.

max
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max
1 year ago

Livon likes his money

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  max

But whatever you do, dont F’ with his kid.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bmxfKn7_c8

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

This just gets better every time.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago

I’m giving Panther to Suzuki. You get your bell ring like that, and still put your ass behind the plate, you’re the f**king panther

PedroCerrano
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

I was happy to see him stay in. Last home start before he calls it a career is special.

WallyChuckChili
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1 year ago

Angels Win!
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