Anthony Rendon made it back to the lineup in time to play in front of dozens of fans in Oakland. Those folks weren’t treated to much offense early. Or from the home team at all.
They did see rookie savior Logan O’Hoppe make a diving save to keep Oakland off the board. That play stamped out the only rally Oakland had against Sandoval.
The first runs of the game came on a Jo Adell two out, two RBI single that may have been the result of bad communication.
The Angels would add two more runs the follow inning on a Shohei Ohtani double. That pushes his hit streak to 18 games.
Patrick Sandoval has also had a nice ERA of late. 6 scoreless innings tonight dropped his season mark to 2.91. I expected him to improve from last year but a 2.91 greatly exceeded my expectations.
Also greatly exceeding my expectations this year is Jimmy Herget who needed just 6 pitches to clean out the 7th inning. Herget ultimately coughed up two runs in the 8th with an assist from Ward who dove and missed a catch. Instead of conceding a single, he played it into a one out triple.
Jose Quijada closed out the inning with no more damage.
But I swear if I have to hear Patrick O’Neal use the term “spicy” five times every time Jose is on the mound next year I’m going to be pissed. It is just painful like so much of his broadcasting.
This being the Angels bullpen, it had to get interesting late. Quijada stayed in the game and gave up a lead off double. Spicy.
He then walked the next guy to put the tying run on base. So spicy.
A full count wild pitch nearly hit a guy in the head and the bases were loaded. Spicy like Taco Bell fire sauce.
Aaron Loup is not spicy. It took him one pitch to predictably give up the lead. I though Loup would be good this year. Ha.
Loup walked the bases loaded again before a hard hit ball to right ended the threat.
Rendon was out of the lineup after 7 innings. Otherwise he would have been up with 2 on and 2 out in the top of the 10th. Instead Rengifo hit a weak fly ball to second to end the inning.
Zack Weiss came into the game needing to strand them ghost runner. He didn’t.
Angels lose 5-4. Spicy.