Angels Outlast Dodgers in 5-4 Win

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.

Mr. Anderson’s start was good enough

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.

Highlighted Recap

Mike Trout scored the first runs of the game with a 2 run shot off the Rock Pile.

2-0 Angels

Taylor “Blake” Ward was also having a good day, following up his single with a solo shot of his own in the 3rd.

3-0 Angels

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.

4-0 Angels

That run was given right back, however, as Mookie Betts took Anderson deep.

4-1 Angels

Anderson gave up another solo shot in the 5th, making it a 2 run game.

4-2 Angels

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?!

5-3 Angels

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.

5-4 Angels

Cedar Valdez came in for the save. He had a clean 9th and the Angels win!

Upcoming

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.

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Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago

If Ward is real and not an illusion and Rendon (and Trout and Ohtani) stay healthy and play around 140 games together in the regular season – this team will score some runs.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

At this point, I think it’s safe to say Ward is real. He was apparently in the wrong seat as a catcher.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I was in the wrong seat too
I shouldve been CEO of Amazon or Tesla.
where’s my guest recs?

Dogface1956
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

And we will “win some games”

2002heaven
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1 month ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

We will score some runs.
FANNN…….

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

The Dodgers. If you need to root for championshipness all the time, there they are, enjoy being one of their people. Mamba out.

Gah Dahmmm Rendon looks like a smooth criminal. Like if he started singing all our womans would leave us. Like he knows how to fight with a skinny sword. Like he lives in a mural infested villa overlooking a lake overlooking the ocean. Like he led a small Central American Republic’s successful fight against tyranny, then wrote said republic’s national anthem on his flamenco guitar.

Rendon. Mas macho.

Marcotor
Trusted Member
2 months ago

But wait! I read CTPG faithfully and Rendon CANNOT be a baseball player, because he is REN-DONE, the biggest waste of money since Grandpa Pujols! Plus, he has a beard and only commies have beards. All REAL Angels have gritty stubble. He also does not seem pale enough to be a “fan-favorite gritty-stubbly-peachfuzzy overachiever” like Eckstein 2.0/3.0/4.0, et. al., who will hit .450 in his “GUARANTEED bounce-back from all those injuries” season.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  Marcotor

The regular season starts on Thursday
I’ll see on you on July 8, however. 💪 

2002heaven
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1 month ago

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 😂  😆  💪 

max
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max
2 months ago

Rendone undone! .500 in the spring

Last edited 2 months ago by max
WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  max

.500, ha. Don’t make me laugh.
Palmeiro Is .600 this Spring.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  max

Yes and Mickey Moniak had a nice spring too.

max
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max
2 months ago

Cool graphic on the HR Quijada gave up to Williams

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 months ago

won’t be long, we’ll be seeing the shufflebot night after night. Yippee!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Wait.
You like the Shufflebot!?
I LIKE THE SHUFFLEBOT!!!

Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago

I’m ready. All they have to do is win. And there will be multiples for long win streaks.

clover_black
Trusted Member
2 months ago

yea I’m not sure how much longer I can deal w zach netos eye black

steelgolf
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  clover_black

Bryce Harper style.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  clover_black

Baseball players…. worst fking style…. beards, well past 2010…. the ghotee, holy shit I think the last ghotee left baseball about 12 years after they were mocked mercilessly in places like Calgary special magnet necklaces for pitchers….

steelgolf
Super Member
2 months ago

Quijada tried to hand this game to the Dodgers.

Twebur
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Failed at that too.

WallyChuckChili
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2 months ago

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2002heaven
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1 month ago

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WallyChuckChili
Super Member
2 months ago

LTBU!!!

2002heaven
Trusted Member
1 month ago

We’ll talk again in June……right?