It was Sho-time Sunday today. The Angels also have a new look bullpen as of today. How did the game go? Well, nothing really happened in the first two innings except that Shohei Ohtani threw a wild pitch. It didn’t result in any scoring. Frankly, much of the game was a pitcher’s duel so I don’t have a lot of offensive highlights.
In the top of the third inning, Joey Gallo walked and then Carlos Correa doubled him in to make it 1-0 Twins. In the bottom of the third, with two outs, Mike Trout reached on a strikeout/passed ball. Unfortunately Shohei Ohtani grounded into the third out to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Hunter Renfroe and Jared Walsh both singled toward right.
Gio Urshela sacrificed Renfroe in from third.
Unfortunately, Jared Walsh got doubled up at first. Luis Rengifo kept the inning alive with a single through the middle. Chad Wallach struck out. 1-1 tie after 4.
In the fifth inning, the Angels turned a double play and Shohei hit the Twins nine hole hitter with a pitch. Luckily he struck out Joey Gallo to end the top of the inning.
The Angels failed to score in the fifth inning, although Zach Neto did steal a base. Nobody score in the sixth inning.
In the seventh, Reyes Moronta came in to pitch for Shohei Ohtani. Two out of the first three batters singled. The next guy tried to “walk” with only three balls. Nice try Solano! (He did walk anyway on the next pitch.) Chris Devensky replaced Reyes Moronta with the bases loaded and two outs. He got a big strikeout to end the threat. Matt Thaiss walked in the bottom of the seventh. Pablo Lopez was pulled from the game. Is this the end of the pitcher’s duel? Zach Neto doubled off of Jorge Lopez to put runners at second and third with no outs. Mickey Moniak doubled to make it 3-1 Angels. Dude!
Mike Trout hit a grounder to second to send Moniak to third base. Moniak was out at home on a fielder’s choice leaving Shohei Ohtani at first with two outs. Hunter Renfroe struck out.
Matt Moore came in to pitch the top of the eighth inning. Hunter Renfroe made a really nice catch to deny Carlos Correa. Unfortunately, Alex Kirillof homered off of Moniak’s glove to make it 3-2 Angels. He almost had it but, of well. Eduard Julien singled. Kyle Farmer hit into a double play to end the Twins half of the inning.
In the eighth, Gio Urshela got a one out base hit. During Rengifo’s at bat he broke for second base and a botched throw sent him to third. Rengifo grounded out but Matt Thaiss doubled to left and advanced to third on a Joey Gallo error. Urshela scored. 4-2 Angels. Zach Neto struck out.
Now for the ninth inning. Carlos Estevez came in. Trevor Larnach grounded out. Willi Castro singled to center on a liner. Donovan Solano struck out. Ryan Jeffers lined out to Hunter Renfroe to end the game. The Angels won 4-2! The curse is lifted!