Angels Crush A’s 11-3

Bad luck sucks to have. When you are in the midst of it, it feels like nothing you can do works, every hope is false, and disappointment always comes. This Angel team has felt unlucky, blowing close games left and right, having runs scored and outs not recorded by the thinnest of margins and losing those 50/50 calls more than 50% of the time.

Yes, it wasn’t all luck, choices are constantly being made, bad ones. Brining Loup in, not taking out Suarez, entrusting a rookie for a save, and boneheaded decisions on the field and on the base paths. Yet, it was bad luck as well, as many of these games were close, with leads in 21/24 games coming into tonight.

Patrick Sandoval knows bad luck. He has had very little run support in his Angels career, and facing a rookie, he knew there was a large possibility that he would have little, if any tonight. Going 7 innings, giving of 3 runs, (2 earned) was pretty good, but against the worst team, it may not have been enough.

But tonight, luck finally landed his way. The Rookie everyone in an Angel uniform fears year after year, was throwing strikes yes, but ONLY strikes. Which means that, despite how hard they were going, they were hittable. So the Angels hitters hit those strikes, hard. Not Trout or Ohtani, they took way too many pitches, but almost everyone else jumped on them.

Which meant that, for the first time in a long time, Patrick Sandoval felt lucky. he didn’t need to be perfect to have a chance to win, he just needed to go deep. Sure, there was always a chance that the bullpen could blow a 6 run lead with 6 outs to go, but he felt lucky tonight, for the first time in a long time.

Highlighted Recap

The game started on a bad foot, with the A’s getting the first run of the game.

1-0 A’s

However, as I said, this was a lucky night tonight, and Drury tied it up in the 2nd.

Tied game

And then Thaiss gave the Angels the lead with a 2 run double.

3-1 Angels

Neto then made it 5-1.

Not a HBP

An Ohtani groundout made that 5 runs in one inning.

5-1 Angels

With a 5-1 lead, Sandy was relaxed, maybe a bit too relaxed as he allowed a home run in the 3rd.

5-2 Angels

But, again, luck was on his side as Renfroe got that run right back.

6-2 Angels

Sandy confidently pitched, but a run did score in the 5th.

6-3 Angels

Well, Drury responded in the bottom half, hitting another home run.

8-3 Angels

The Angels extended the lead with another run in the 6th thanks to a fielding error by the A’s this time.

9-3 Angels

Silseth got the final 2 innings, letting the rest of the bullpen rest. With a 6 run lead, it would be easy. Sandy pitched well, his lead was safe.

Weeee

Ohtani pitches tomorrow, so he should rest and let someone else bat. But he said no, and hit a 2 run home run instead.

11-3 Angels

Upcoming

The Angels face the A’s again tomorrow for the series win, Ohtani will be on the mound during the day, so take some time to peek at the box score. At 13-12, the Angels are still in 3rd place in the AL West but at least are above .500 again.

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PedroCerrano
Super Member
9 months ago

Pitching Report from MLB is really great. I’m a bit surprised that in came from MLB.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

The troika of Renfroe, Urshela and Drury are really making Perry look smart.

Thaiss is starting to warm in the batter’s box at least.

Key to the game was still Sandoval. I could be wrong, but aside from Shohei, he’s the only Angel starter to toss 7 complete this year.

Let’s wrap this up tomorrow and since Shohei is pitching, I presume that Trout sits?

Twebur
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I 👁 see µ 2002 😀

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Fled Russia and LA…hiding out here with the Troika of 2002, GG and Banned? 😃😀😄

LanaBanana
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Trout is in the lineup 😀

Fansince1971
Legend
9 months ago

This is how it’s supposed to happen! Let’s see if Ohtani can get the team to 2 over .500 leading into some tough games.

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

The inevitable sweep at the hands of the Brewers is coming up thanks to the idiocy of the FO and their pitching rotation shenanigans… So, IF the Halos do get to 2 over it will soon be back to 1 game under and possibly 2 if they lose the first game in St. Louis…

Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

?

DowningDude
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I believe you could benefit from a Ren & Stimpy Happy Helmet, Jack!!
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matthiasstephan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Wow, someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

Sweeps are never inevitable. That is true if we anticipate being on the winning side against the A’s or the losing side against whatever hot team is out there.

Besides, the Brew Crew is coming off two series losses (to the Red Sox and the Tigers) – so maybe they aren’t as tough as you think.

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago

Actually it means the Brewers are due !!! That logic of they’ve been struggling lately never really works… The Red Sox were struggling until they saw us, lol…

And did you see our pitchers for the series?

Anderson, Detmers and SUAREZ.

The middle game is the only one I feel slightly okay about..

Last edited 9 months ago by JackFrost
tanana40
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

The Cardinals are 9-16 so perhaps we can get a win there!

DowningDude
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

don’t push our luck! 😛

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

Hopefully.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Yes! No? It was not a one run win. Still good? Ward and Trout had no hits. Should I be angry? Nevin? Stupid? I saw Phillips with my eyes. PTSD? The A’ss aren’t very good, do we only get .75 of a win? We’re only one game over .500, 1.5 games out of 1st. Is this the hell I was fearing all off season after last years “team”? What does Shohei’s mom think? Did anyone glimpse Ohtani glimpsing at anything? Was it good? Aaron Loup? Alien? Can someone tell me what I need to think, maybe a real baseball man?

It was good to see Sandoval stabilize into The Efficiency Demon after the first couple innings. Nice.

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago

Game ball Nevin played it correctly, letting his starter work through it and allow Sandoval to extend his outing and taking the usage off the pen

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Philling our hearts with accolades of love two days in a row?

This cant be.

DowningDude
Legend
9 months ago

Nope, this win was NOT GOOD. We didn’t boost our one-run W-L record so it didn’t count.

Why mentioning Shohei’s mom? LOL – I saw someone arguing with you about that yesterday, FFS. Comedy Gold. Leave the Sho-Mom out of all this!!!! Hahahahahah

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago

The whole team that played and those that cheered everyone on are the game’s  🏆 MVP

Twebur
Legend
9 months ago

vermiel.wav – Dick Vermiel sobbing: “I love these guys.”

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago

I had to leave and came back at the end and missed a few runs, but we scored in a bunch of innings tonight, the starting lineup had from a BB to HRs to a lot of RS and RBI to a lot of fun on our board here. It’s what keeps us all coming back, right?!

Fansince1971
Legend
9 months ago

Woohoo. Nice win

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
9 months ago

Winning is fun!

Quijada hasn’t pitched since Saturday. Should’ve used him Monday.

Mia
Legend
Mia
9 months ago

Scoring 11 runs with Trout going 0-fer is rare

matthiasstephan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Mia

It is. He did manage to score, and was on the bases twice (?).

angelsown3417
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Mia

Hopefully we get a Trout and Ohtani hot streak that will carry us to some wins soon!

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
9 months ago

Texas lost so we’re 1 1/2 out. Seattle blew their game and Robbie Ray is toasted

matthiasstephan
Super Member
9 months ago

Yes, and right when they thought he was coming back.

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago

Angels just need to win, everything else will work its way out

Mia
Legend
Mia
9 months ago

The curse is lifted!

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
9 months ago

So we won’t pull your credentials tomorrow ha ha.

DowningDude
Legend
9 months ago

Yay teammmm! World series bound! Already sent my check to arte

DowningDude
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

psst … hey jack … i’m being facetious

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

On pace for 392 wins, 832 homers and 3 20-game winners and an Ohtani extension

DowningDude
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

“I saw some people predicting 500 win seasons and ordering world series tickets … BUT I KNEW BETTER!!!!

WallyChuckChili
Legend
9 months ago

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