Angels 5 Red Sox 4
Did the Red Sox intentionally ice Ohtani? Possibly. There WAS a 45 minute delay from pulling off the tarp in the 3rd inning delay to resumption of the game. That’s a pretty lengthy delay for field prep. If that was their plan, it worked, but only in the sense it ended Ohtani’s outing early. Cold hearted if they did – but let’s not put anything past the Red Sox.
Tucker Davidson did a fine job in “long” relief with 3.1 scoreless innings – though he did have to get himself out of a bases loaded bind of his own making in the 4th. But have no fear – the famed back end of the Angels bullpen was up next – starting with Lefty Loup who proceeded to give up a double on his VERY FIRST PITCH. Welp. Next up a sac fly made it a three run game with that run technically being charged to Davidson though I think that method is a bit of bullcrap and that run was all on Loup.
Jessica’s plan to fix ERA: If a reliever comes in the game with runners on base and he lets them score, he gets partial blame depending on the situation. Ie., two outs runner on first and the runner scores – maybe he gets .75 runs. No outs, bases loaded when he comes in, he may only get .25 runs. Etc. But I digress. On with the post game report.
Here is the super odd play that make it a two run game:
Moore & Quijada did their jobs and put up scoreless frames in the 7th and 8th. Estévez came in to close the game, but things didn’t go exactly as planned. Do they ever? Estévez gave up a run before shutting down the game and making it way closer than it needed to be.
No sweep. Angels win!