Angels 3 Nationals 2
It was the Brett Phillips game!
If you were looking for a little bit of everything – this game had it. What? Wrong copy paste? OK. Not much happened – sort of. Griffin Canning pitched. Shohei Ohtani didn’t play. Brett Phillips got his first start. Mike Trout DH’d.
We did have some excitement in the 3rd when Brett Phillips stole the first run of the day. He drew a walk, stole second followed by third, and scored on a wild throw.. Pretty fun to see him cruising around the diamond!
For their part, the Nationals got on the board in the 4th when they started the inning knocking 3 straight singles off Canning. But wait, there’s more! A 4th straight single loaded the bases. The Nats then went ahead on a groundout and Canning escaped further damage with back to back Ks. Phew!
The Angels struck back in the bottom half of the 4th when Brandon Phillips – yes that guy again – walked (okay, ignore where the pitch ACTUALLY was) with the bases loaded, knotting the game and 2 and knocking MacKenzie Gore out of the game. Sadly, that Phillips WalkRBI would be the only Angels run in the 4th. LOBsters. Amirite?
Brett Phillips does it all:
Logan O’Hoppe is still making Perry Minasian look good:
No thanks to Ward, Trout, and Rendon who all went o-fer, The Angels really won this game on the backs of Brett Phillips and Logan O’Hoppe. Certainly can’t neglect to mention the pitching. Canning allowed just 2 runs over 5 innings and the bullpen put up all zeros! Angels pitchers retired 18 of the last 19 batters faced. It’s the Nats, but it’s a win!