A regular season preview at the Big A, with Anderson vs Thor as the Angels hosted the Dodgers. It is a bit odd how these teams swapped starters, but I am sure we will get used to it eventually. Almost everyone will be at least an opening series starter, but there are still a few more decisions to be made by Thursday.
The Angels got to Thor more than the Dodgers got to Anderson, so it seems like the Angels got the better pitcher after all. Yes, it was one start, and neither team had all their starters, but hey, I will take it.
Angels hitters had a great time, getting hits, scoring runs, being useful… except for Matt Thaiss, who, despite being named to the Opening Day Roster due to injury, was miserable, having multiple hits taken away by Dodgers defense and striking out with RISP. Oh, and getting a stinger while catching. Ow.
The Angels won, 5-4 with Mike Trout leading the way and the pitching being slightly better than the Dodgers. One last Exhibition Game left and then REAL baseball starts! It is so close I can almost smell it.
Taylor “Blake” Ward was also having a good day, following up his single with a solo shot of his own in the 3rd.
It wasn’t enough to score 3 off of the former Angel. No, he was hacked for more with Ohtani, Rendon, and Drury singles to bring home a 4th run.
That run was given right back, however, as Mookie Betts took Anderson deep.
Anderson gave up another solo shot in the 5th, making it a 2 run game.
Angels got THAT run back on a bases loaded walk in the 6th. Taylor Ward really had himself a good day today.
Now all that the Angels have to do is not blow it and-WHY IS LOUP IN?!
Luckily, Loup couldn’t Loup up too much and the Angels still had the lead somehow.
Now it is Quijada who is in aaaaand he allows a home run as well.
Cedar Valdez came in for the save. He had a clean 9th and the Angels win!
One last game with the Dodgers tomorrow and then the season starts on Thursday. We are so close now, the games will start to matter and hope has descended upon us.