The Minnesota Twins were in town to greet the Angels as they returned home from a meh road trip that ended with a nice win. Reid Detmers faced off against Joe Ryan. The pitchers traded zeros for the first two innings before Taylor Ward opened the scoring by driving in Zach Neto with a sac fly in the 3rd inning.
Detmers delivered another donut in the 4th inning. In the bottom of the inning Brandon Drury made Hunter Renfroe’s leadoff single count by lining a double to make the score 2-0 Angels.
Then, after Rengifo drew another walk (one good thing he does?) the Angels put on a double steal. Catcher Ryan Jeffers tried to throw out Rengifo at second but the ball sailed into center allowing Drury to easily score.
Neto then struck out but the damage was done. 3-0 Angels.
Both teams went down 1-2-3 in the 5th inning, but the big story was Detmers had a no-hitter going into the 6th. Unfortunately, I am bad luck for the Angels, because I first turned on the TV at this point and 5 seconds after it came on the no-hitter was over thanks to a Byron Buxton single. After a Farmer hit Detmers was replaced by Jimmy Herget who proceeded to give up the lead allowing a Kirilloff double to score 2 runs. After the Angels failed to answer back in the bottom of the inning we were tied at 3 after 6.
Here’s a video recap of Detmers 12 strikeouts that were awesome but assured that he would not have had a full no-hitter regardless already being at 100 pitches.
Tucky D replaced Herget in the 7th and immediately gave up a Willi Castro homer to put the Halos down by one. A couple outs and a single and Zach Weiss became the new pitcher, successfully ending the inning thanks to a homer steal from Mickey!
In the bottom of the 7th, the Neto and Moniak show was back on. Immediately after the crowd engaged in a “Take Me Home Country Roads” singalong Neto hit a double down the line and Moniak tripled him in!
With the score freshly tied, Hunter Renfroe was clutch and drove in the go-ahead run.
Nothing much happened the rest of the way, allowing Estevez to come in and close out the game with a fun kickoff to country weekend at the Big A!