The AL East is tough this year, all 5 teams are over .500 and Baltimore is not in last. What used to be a soft part of the schedule is difficult again. But perhaps there is hope. After all, Ohtani is starting today, and Mike Trout has fond memories here.
Ohtani went 7 innings, giving up 5 runs on 4 hits, striking out 5 and walking 2. At the plate he went 4-5 with a walk and a 3 run home run. He was a double short of the cycle, but still an excellent tome at the plate. A better hitter than pitcher today, as Ohtani’s struggles on the mound continue.
Angels bats even outside of Ohtani saved this game from being a big L. Basically everyone got in on the action, although leftys had a big advantage. Lots of highlights today as a slugfest of a game this afternoon in Baltimore.
With Chad Wallach back, but Rendon out, the infield is a bit thin, so Thaiss was put at first. How hard can it be? Well, apparently Thaiss doesn’t think it is hard as he made a great play to start the game.
Angels scored first with a Neto sac fly in the 2nd.
That was erased by a home run by Baltimore off Ohtani in the bottom of the inning.
However, the Angels got those back in the 3rd with a 2 out double by Gio, causing Thaiss to tumble into home.
And Ohtani gave up another home run in the 3rd.
Chad had Ohtani’s back, however, and tied the game up.
Ohtani bailed out Ohtani with a 3 run jimmy jack to give the Angels the lead!
Thaiss added on with a double of his own.
In the 5th, after an Ohtani triple, Renfroe drove him in with a double.
Sadly, Ohtani cannot keep it in the yard as he gave up yet another home run.
Devenski got through the 8th without giving up a run, and Moore shut the door. Angels win!
The Angels are now 22-20. Another 3:30 game tomorrow, with Silseth on the mound. Maybe pitching will be at the game tomorrow. Light that baby up!