It is Good Friday, a holy day whereas the Angels play their Home Opener. This was certainly on purpose and not because of Oakland Opening Day favoritism. With Vlad Sr, the MLB HOF player with an Angels’ hat on his Plaque throwing the first pitch as the Angels face his son’s team, it was certainly a game of Biblical proportions.
Patrick Sandoval pitched the Home Opener, truly becoming the number 2 of the pitching staff and he took the opportunity with great honor. He pitched 6 innings, giving up just 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 2 and walking 1. It wasn’t his best, but he limited the damage vs a strong lineup. No decision for him, however, as the bullpen blew it.
The Angels just couldn’t score enough, managing only 3 runs on 3 hits. You cannot expect to win these games, especially against a great offensive team.
The Angels struck first when Mike Trout decided he wanted another truck.
A missed GIDP opportunity in the 4th gives the Blue Jays a run to make it 2-1 Angels.
It was almost more, but the Blue Jays run themselves into the 3rd out.
Since the game speed is very 70’s, the Angels decided to play like it too with a safety squeeze bunt!
It was a crazy game in infield, and Lamb saved a strong but wild throw by Gio.
Alas, the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead for Sandy, as it was now Jimmy Herget’s time to blow it.
Angels lose, and fall to 4-3 on the year.
Angels have an Ohtani bobblehead tomorrow, and look to rebound after a frustrating one today. Good Friday everyone.