Angels’ Offense and Bullpen Outlast Astros 6-4

Something people forget is that Patrick Sandoval was acquired in a trade with Houston. Yep, way back when the Angels shipped Martin Maldonado to them in 2018. Ohtani was sad at the time, but I am sure he and the rest of the team appreciate how good Sandy is and how he solidifies this rotation greatly.

So how did he do against his former team? Well, not well… see, despite his best efforts, Houston really has Sandy’s number and showed it yet again today. 4 runs in 6 and a third. Honestly, could have been worse. Especially since he didn’t have the best help out there in the field.

STATS!

Good thing the offense can score, and that was the difference, that and a perfect bullpen performance. Here is how they did it.

Highlighted Recap

Angels struck first, with a Renfroe home run in the 2nd.

1-0 Angels

Sadly, the game was tied up in the 3rd by Bregman being a jerkface as usual.

And then they took the lead.

Then it got worse with another hit and a bad fielding mishap made it 3-1 Astros.

Luckily, this Angels team can hit good. And Ohtani drove in a run in the 3rd.

3-2 Houston

And so did Rendon

TIED GAME

Too bad the Astros got the lead right back in the 5th.

It was almost worse, but Renfroe threw out a runner going for a double.

Pew

Ohtani tied it up again in the 5th with yet another double.

4-4 tie

The bullpen held for the 7th and 8th, allowing the Angels to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th with a triple by Drury!

5-4 Angels!

Thaiss then added an insurance run with a sac fly, 6-4 Angels!

Thaiss is nice!

Estevez came in to get the save and shut down the Astros, Angels win!

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With the win, the Angels secure second place in the AL West and become the 10th team to get to 20 wins this season. It was much needed, after the last two days have been most unkind. Another one tomorrow, Ohtani against the Astros!

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tanana40
Super Member
1 year ago

Let’s sweep the Cheaters and start 4-2 in the home stand against division rivals.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  tanana40

How about winning the series, huh? People talking about “sweep” again before we have even clinched the series win…

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

We still have 22 games left against all the Texasses so let’s take em one game at a time.

(Channeling my inner Soth)

tanana40
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Always good to have big dreams!

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  tanana40

Yep. But achieving big things starts with smaller steps…

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

The 1st win was one of those smaller steps

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Moore and Estevez have been a great remedy for my late inning PTSD.
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HaloLew
Trusted Member
1 year ago

With our offense, I feel like giving up 4 – 5 runs a game will get us a W more often than not. Last year, if we gave up more than 2 we were screwed.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  HaloLew

The offense is certainly less offensive than it used to be. Great additions in Renfroe (our HR leader) but also Urshela, Drury and the return of Rendon.

smithy610
Super Member
1 year ago

What was great about the win was the Angels scored and tied the game immediately after the Cheaters took the lead. They hung out with them long enough until they got the lead, and never looked back.

Two years ago, this kind of game would have been over by the 3rd inning, when they took a 3-1 lead, and maybe the Cheaters tack on some more for good measure.

Jrfirmage
Newbie
1 year ago
Reply to  smithy610

Before the absolute collapse yesterday I thought about this. We have seen this team respond on the offensive side more regularly than times past this season. A few more shutdown innings will lead to a few more wins than we’ve had in recent years.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  Jrfirmage

BTW what’s a shutdown inning?

2GA2Join
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That is not allowing the other team to score in the half inning right after your own team has scored.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 year ago

Houston (I hope you continue to) have a problem.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Happy? Yes? No? Hee haw?

Ugly wins need loving too. I’ll take it. Sandy survived a meh night but didn’t suffer a Detmers-Anderson explosion event. Good all around effort through the line up. Matt Thaiss? Are you trying to actually stay here?

I came to realize tonight that I am Yordan Alvarez’s bitch. He is a scary man who scares me. every time he comes to the plate against us I expect him to kill a fan in right field. He hit that double tonight and I was grateful, like he’s punched me square in the face so many times I was happy with the gut cause less blood. It would make me very happy if the Angels stifled him more often.

Dear Angels. Feel free to win again tomorrow.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Nice win. Needed also.

2GA2Join
Super Member
1 year ago

Glad to see us back in the win column.

max
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max
1 year ago

Good to see Taylor Ward having a great start to the month.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  max

Don’t worry. He’ll have a bad game again sometime soon and we’ll get the “I never really bought into Ward” comments.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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it is the way

rosstrade
Trusted Member
1 year ago

It’s nice to see Thaiss finally getting in some quality at bats.

smithy610
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  rosstrade

Between him and Wallach, catcher isn’t much of a black hole as I worried it would be when Logan went down.

Who knows? Maybe Thaiss is just another Taylor Ward late bloomer type.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  smithy610

Bat or glove? cause gloves got a along way to go.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He is serviceable for now, but if the bat stays then maybe he can function as backup with O’Hoppe back and stick at OF/bench when we bring up Quero (in a couple of years).

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Cowboy26

Adell is that you?

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Haven’t heard about him lately. Is he playing with Dallas McPherson now?

rosstrade
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  smithy610

I thought the Halos screwed up Thaiss’ development over the last few years.

First a catcher, then first base, then the hot corner.

And, now, back to catching.

Even though Thaiss didn’t tear it up in the minors, the ability and potential has always been there….

Jrfirmage
Newbie
1 year ago

Would love to see Angels have one more guy in the bullpen. Maybe it’s someone in minors, but Moore/Estevez have been great in the sample we’ve had. Need Rendon to show he’s fully healthy, the throws are still frightening every time. Good win to get to open the series. Time to turn the page and keep it rolling tomorrow.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Jrfirmage

I vote for 2 more guy.

max
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LA_Seitz
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Nice win. If we can get the starter past the need to use the crappier parts of the pen, we’ve got a good back end. Nice to be able to win when Trout has a rough one.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  LA_Seitz

Man. I want a solid pen, but at the same time, we need some starters to get through 6 innings more often. It’s not realistic for us to demand the bullpen have 9 highly effective arms on call ready to horf down 4 innings per game every game. I can’t demand that our “good back end” consist of six guys. It’s just not gonna happen.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

That’s for sure a lot of guys to load on your back end.

smithy610
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  LA_Seitz

Well the silver lining of the last two games was that Estevez was very well rested to close this game against the bangers.

angelslogic
Super Member
1 year ago

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Light that baby up!

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Brent
Super Member
1 year ago

That first game of series win is also so nice… keep it going.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

I’m really curious to see where we are at the 44 game mark and then the 56 game mark, to compare with last season. You know, ‘cause we were 27-17 and then something else.

I like 20-16 now, ahead of the cheaters. I’m not worried about Texas

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 year ago

Both the Asstros and the Rangers are playing without their best players that soon will return. Our defense has worried me since day one and it’s proving we saw this coming. I did not see Rendon having fielding problems. We still are in the hunt for a playoff spot.

Jrfirmage
Newbie
1 year ago

Here’s to hoping Nevin’s comments aren’t just gonna go without follow through. Defense and fundamentals have been sloppy. It’s nice to have flexible roster with guys who can play around diamond. Better to have guys who can play well around diamond.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Jrfirmage

If we are gonna have a lot of multiposition guys there’s gonna be some defense sacrificed for that and I get it. I like it. Hitters who hit baseballs are more fun for me. But the over all defense does have to get better.

I think it’s yesterdays stats, but the Angels are tied 2nd to worst (Braves,Red Sux) in errors with 24. The Pirates have 23. MLB average is 17. We don’t have to be the 87 Cardinals, but we need to get into that middle area.

Jrfirmage
Newbie
1 year ago

In this roster construction we don’t need 9 gold glovers. Consistent competency would be enough. The errors by Drury at 1st, the bobbling of balls, the errant throws all around. Just cleaning up the overall play will go a long way in this teams success. Free passes from pitchers and porous defense have been killer thus far. Like you said find the middle ground and hope the offense covers other flaws.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Jrfirmage

Uh I know the official scorers can be generous but Drury doesn’t have any errors at first base this year. he does have 1 error at second base which is where he’s played the majority of his games this season

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Hmmm… I seem to remember about four or five balls Drury has booted at 2B. Are you sure he has only 1 official error there? If so the scorers have been exceedingly kind.

Last edited 1 year ago by JackFrost
Cowboy26
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1 year ago
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JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Very kind scoring…

smithy610
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jrfirmage

The guy with the most errors is the guy who hasn’t moved around the diamond.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 year ago

Our Bullpen is like a box of candy, you never know what your going to get.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 year ago

Chocolates?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 year ago

Carmel Chews.

LA_Seitz
Trusted Member
1 year ago

What you get kinda depends on who you get.

angelslogic
Super Member
1 year ago

Too many pieces in the box are marshmallows, nuts, and fruits.

smithy610
Super Member
1 year ago

I’m really liking the Moore-Estevez shutout combo!

Estevez is 8 for 8 in saves.

Offense is doing great. Nevin has to figure out pitching and defense. Great win still to beat the cheaters.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  smithy610

We could be the Rays if we had Bochy instead of Nevin

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

or Sosh.

angelslogic
Super Member
1 year ago

You gotta love Moore and Estevez. We just need a solid 7th inning guy not named Tepera or Loup,

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Wantz?

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Devenski?

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  angelslogic

There was a good article on Loup in the athletic yesterday. Apparently, the organization is asking pitchers to throw more off-speed stuff with the idea of getting weak contact because of the rule changes and it’s not working well for Loup who has also gotten extremely unlucky.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 year ago

Need to win tomorrow too.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  steelgolf

And the day after that!

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Indeed. A Tuesday loss basically nullifies the Monday win..