Angels 8 Athletics 7
Original Opening Paragraph:
Gods vs. Men. Pick your mythos. A tale told many times in many ways. In this case, it was told as a baseball game between the Angels (gods) and A’s (men). Of course the Angels were led by their head god Shohei Ohtani who threw his magic at the lowly A’s for 6 innings. He didn’t throw lightning bolts or wield a sword, but his tool of domination was a 5oz round white ball with 108 stitches in red that he hurled at the mere mortals who were powerless against it as it danced around their wood clubs.
I enjoyed the direction I was going there, but then the 4th inning happened. So, maybe it’s my fault for trying to predict Ohtani’s dominate performance over the stinky green A’s. Alas…
The first few innings of this game were pretty uneventful. Ohtani managed an infield hit on a pitch nowhere near the strike zone and Brandon Drury stayed hot with a double in the 2nd.
Example of Ohtani’s early dominance:
Shohei Ohtani (of course) drove in the first run of the game with this RBI double in the 3rd and his second hit of the game:
Brandon Drury, also no mere mortal as of late, stayed smoking hot and smashed this 3 run homer in the 3rd to put the Angels up 5-0.
The first 5 A’s that came to the plate in the 4th all scored and Ohtani gave up his first (and second) home runs of the year and first home run in 79 IP. Perhaps he is a mere mortal after all. The 4th inning was pain. Lots of pain.
Miraculously, Ohtani went from a 36 pitch 4th inning to a 7 pitch 5th inning – quite a HUGE swing that few pitchers could manage. Ohtani went back out for, and finished the 6th.
The Angels took advantage, taking the lead again in the 5th with a WalkRBI and left the 5th frame with a 7-5 lead.
Ohtani on his way to a cycle? (Note – just missed by about 5-10 feet in the 8th!!)
The Angels almost blew the 8-5 lead they had going in to the 8th. Rendon saved the inning with this play:
Ohtani’s JUST MISSED cycle
Angels win, that’s a wrap!