Angels Turn Red Sox Into Chowduh, Win 4-0

Game 2 against the Red Sox brought a pitching matchup of Brayan Bello vs. Griffin Canning. The hope was that Canning could pitch well past the first time through the order. What we got was a pretty good pitcher’s duel.

Aside from a walk in the top of the 1st, the Red Sox didn’t pose a threat. However, in the bottom of the inning Zach Neto continued his hot hitting leading off the Angels offense with another home run. 3 out of his 4 home runs so far have been to lead off the game, amazingly.

Walshie and Shohei also had singles in the inning, but to no avail as they became the first two Halo LOBsters of the game. We lead 1-0.

The second inning brought a hit and a walk for the Red Sox, followed by a 1-2-3 bottom half.

In the third inning both teams went down in order, while the fourth inning consisted of only a Red Sox walk.

Canning had another clean inning in the fifth, but the Angels finally got some action going. Matt Thaiss launched a long ball to the opposite field gap to lead off the inning with another solo homer. When he really gets a good swing it is a beautiful thing to behold. Other than a Neto single, nothing else happened in the inning. 2-0 Halos.

Bello and Canning continued into the 6th inning and successfully as both teams went down in order. It wasn’t all boring though. Zach Neto made a great sliding stop and strong throw for the final out of the Boston half. Neato!

Canning continued into the 7th inning and worked around a Casas single sending him back to his casa with an awesome 7 inning, 2-hit, 0 run performance. Harbinger of good things to come? I hope so!

Bello also pitched the 7th inning and the Angels went down 1-2-3 again. Still 2-0 Angels.

In the 8th, Matt Moore came in relief walking the first batter, but then got a near 3-6-1 double play but he dropped the ball covering first base. No problem! Yoshida was nice enough to ground into a real double play.

The bottom of the 8th brought a new Red Sox pitcher, Joely Fisher…erm… I mean Joely Rodriguez. Apparently Nevin was a psychic because he pinch hit for red hot Moniak with ice cold Taylor Ward and it resulted in a doinker double off the third base bag. Then Mike Trout returned from wherever he has been the last several days in style going oppo with a 2-run homer. Nice insurance! 4-0 Angels.

After Ohtani struck out, Renfroe doubled and Walsh walked, knocking Rodriguez out of the game. Cal State Fullerton’s own Justin Garza was his replacement. Aside from some technical difficulties with his PitchCom device, he easily got out of the inning with no more damage done.

Jacob Webb made his Angels debut on the mound to close out the game with zero drama. We win! 4-0 Halos. Light that baby up!

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Simba
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1 year ago

leadoff HR was Moniak, not Neto (paragraph 2)

Angelz4ever
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1 year ago

Canning was dealing and the ‘pen came in and said very clearly to the BoSox, “NO!”

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 year ago

Keep it rollin’ Angels!

Go Halos!!

Angelz4ever
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1 year ago

Pahk the cahr on Bahston!

Angelz4ever
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1 year ago

My name is Mickey Moniak and I’m here to save left field.

Fansince1971
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1 year ago

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Woo hoo!! Beating the Sox is sweet shuffling!

JackFrost
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1 year ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

This one goes to 11 !!

I was rec Number 11 on this.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Now, I can go to bed peacefully and happily.

John Henry Weitzel
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1 year ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

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GrandpaBaseball
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1 year ago

Time to hit the rack, good night.

smithy610
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1 year ago

Nevin said he would have left Canning in there for the 8th had their lead been bigger.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  smithy610

You mean he could not have predicted that Trout was going to hit a two run home run? Fire him!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Kiyotchan

Stupid Nevin. In over head. Not real baseballz man.

Angelz4ever
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1 year ago

IKR!

2GA2Join
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1 year ago

I didn’t watch the game… did Estevez warm up in the 8th, and oops nevermind and sit down?

smithy610
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1 year ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Yes he did

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  smithy610

Off day Thursday hell be ready if needed tomorrow.

DowningDude
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1 year ago

@ Will – great effort on the writeup but Neto is not Moniak. Moniak led off the game with a homer, not Neto. 😎

John Henry Weitzel
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1 year ago

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Friggin GOLD!

max
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max
1 year ago

Fauck Bahston

smithy610
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1 year ago

Would you look at that? With a much better defense behind him, Griffin didn’t have to throw extra pitches, and he ended up lasting through 7 innings, pitching a shutout. And it’s not against a cheap, lowly team either. Hopefully this is the real Canning and he stays healthy for the entire season.

GrandpaBaseball
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1 year ago
Reply to  smithy610

Staying ahead in the count and not issuing lead off walks or hits doesn’t hurt any either.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago

I guess giving a two out walk is much better than lead off walk. He did that three times today, but I might be nit picking. He was amazing otherwise today.

GrandpaBaseball
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Leading off with a base runner changes pitch selection, especially with a potential base stealer. No runner on and changeup and curve, slider are more likely than a fastball. Also changes infield assignments. You’re not nitpicking, but having two outs followed by a runner, doesn’t change a lot of strategy.

DowningDude
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1 year ago

Giving up less runs than we scored is the most keyest thing

GrandpaBaseball
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1 year ago
Reply to  DowningDude

We were referring to Canning and stop getting so technical with the runs stuff, we got the pitching and giving up less runs than we score is important for our pitchers, so we can win. Just exactly were you trying to say?

DowningDude
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1 year ago

🤣

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  smithy610

Yah. Some really encouraging starts from the back end of the back end this series.

Bob_K
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1 year ago
Reply to  smithy610

If I recall correctly, before Canning got hurt he he would get hit more as his FB velo declined into the low 90s as the game went on. Now, it seems like he starts with a higher velo and is using the changeup more, which is probably keeping his arm strength up. I don’t know how this plays with the top hitting teams, but it seems to be playing well with everyone else.

max
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max
1 year ago

12-9 this month (27-23 overall) 1 moar against the Roid Suck, 3 against Miami (who are about .500) and 3 against the Chisox, (who are bad). 4-3 is doable for a 31-26 record. Fingers crossed (recency bias be damned).

Last edited 1 year ago by max
Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  max

Houston lost while Texas won tonight. We are inching closer, and we should not look too much ahead of us, but if we can sweep Red Sox and take both series win with Marlins and White Sox before we battle Houston and Texas in pair of 4 game series away, Angels confidence will reach the highest level and may be able to claim the top spot in our division in the middle of June. That is entirely doable. We are also only 2 game behind from the 3rd wild card spot.

LanaBanana
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1 year ago

Nevin said Moniak will sit out tomorrow 🤬

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

I thought I misheard Phil, but you confirmed he will not start. I guess Phil does not want to sit Ward for too long.

LanaBanana
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

🙄

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Ward will be starting Tomorrow and Friday.

This is a “Not a Platoon” Platoon

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

Looks pretty platoonish to me. Mick sucks against lefties, so I get it. If he’s so hot right now this shouldn’t break him, no more than getting his dk punched in by a couple pitchers he can’t hit.

GrandpaBaseball
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1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Nevin is an idiot. The hottest player in the American League, sorry Bichette). So let him sit so he can get cooled off.

LanaBanana
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1 year ago

Right?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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If sitting him one day cools him off then what was he really? Stupid Nevin, why won’t he get a huge fan chubby for Moniak the way I do, rest of the team and schedule be damned!?!

Cowboy26
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1 year ago

The hottest player who has a life time .042 batting average against left handers and will be facing one of the best LHP’s of the last decade?

Sure Nevin’s a complete imbecile. he should go with his gut just like Soggy Joe did it worked out so well for us.

DowningDude
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Nevin needs a Mohawk

JackFrost
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1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Apparently Ward has good numbers against Paxton,

Last edited 1 year ago by JackFrost
LanaBanana
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1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

🤞🏻
But I still don’t think you sit a guy who is as hot as Moniac no matter what numbers Ward has had in the past against Paxton.

Last edited 1 year ago by LanaBanana
GrandpaBaseball
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1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

put Moniak in RF and sit Renfroe.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago

If we are leading, say one or two runs, in late innings would you consider replacing Ward with Moniak?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Kiyotchan

I’d actually consider pinch hitting for Ward if a RH pitcher comes in and Ward has sucked or we need a run.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Yeah. I think I would try to play ‘em both.

Maybe sit Renfroe for a game and play Ward in RF.

Last edited 1 year ago by JackFrost
Jimmuscomp
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1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

James P is a tough lefty. I’d expect Moniak to sit vs. a tough lefty. The platoon advantage is real.

I’d also expect to see Walsh sit tomorrow. Drury to 1st, Rengifo to 2nd.

That’s what teams with depth do. Play the percentages and put their players on positions to succeed.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jimmuscomp

Sure, teams that use analytics and win large amounts of ballgames do that shit, and sure, we’ve demanded that stuff since a few years before Soth left, but NOW I don’t feel like I like that idea… so Nevin is stupid.

Also, no more huge contracts for aging stars…. well, accept the one my feelz really wants, pay him more than two players.

smithy610
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1 year ago
Reply to  Jimmuscomp

Depth, what a beautiful thing.

Earlier, I had expected Walsh to be pinch hit for by Rengifo against a lefty in the 8th, then moving Drury to 1st and Luis to 2nd. Walsh had a good AB drawing a walk, and I guess Nevin still values his defense in a still close game so he decided against taking him out.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  Jimmuscomp

I don’t know how many games in Salt Lake City Walsh played before he arrived in Anaheim, but he may have played at least 3 days with the Bees followed by 3 days in a row with the Angels with no off day in between, so it is probably appropriate to give him tomorrow off. I do remember James Paxton from his Mariners days, and when he is on, he is going to be difficult to deal with. It would be good to get to him in the first inning.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  LanaBanana

It’s fine. It’ll be OK. That’s how platoons work. It’s 2023 and teams have been doing it a long time and surviving it. It’s gonna be a huge help if we have 4 solid OF as we march through the season.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

And Friday

Jeff Joiner
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1 year ago

Looks like I missed a great performance by Canning.

Great to beat bahstun.

TrojanBoiler
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1 year ago

That has to be up there among our best games of the year. Excellent pitching, excellent defense, timely hitting. There was so much solid competent play.

Glad to see Canning get some functional defense behind him tonight and then produce as a result. I’ve thought he has looked better all year than his stats indicate.

Jacob Webb – never heard of him. He looked like a serviceable arm tonight though. That changeup he was throwing was nasty.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Webb looked good this ST too…. then went to SLC and got blasted for a while.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago

The bar scene is that great there?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

Mormons gone wild. It’s a thing.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I recall some 30 years ago when I went there for skiing, I had to pay $5 for drinking card which would allow me to purchase alcohol. Do they still do that?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Kiyotchan

I don’t think so. When I’ve gone there I just drank in bars and at my friend’s house like a normal person.

red floyd
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1 year ago

Yeah, when I was there for Frozen Fury a couple of years ago, it was just like a regular bar.

red floyd
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1 year ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Jacob Webb? You mean this guy?

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Dogface1956
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1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Just the facts

max
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max
1 year ago

Finally, our long national nightmare is over. Winning the 2nd game of a series after winning the 1st game. Nice job Halos! 4 game series sweep on the table? lol

LanaBanana
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1 year ago
Reply to  max

It’s a 3 game series 😀

BruinsAngelsKings
Trusted Member
1 year ago

We’ve beaten a team with a winning record two games in-a-row when both of the opposing pitchers were dealing. We’ve been able to come up with late inning hits. This team seems to keep fighting until the last out and as fans that is all we can ask for.

The halos starting pitching the last two games has been stellar. The bullpen has done what they needed to do.

Seeing the young kids succeed is refreshing as well.

Eric_in_Portland
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1 year ago

Since we broke that WLL pattern we’ve tied one series and won two

max
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max
1 year ago

technically ‘the curse’ wasn’t broken until last series, right?

Eric_in_Portland
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1 year ago
Reply to  max

Yes. Good point. I should have said since we broke the lose 2 of 3 pattern (because we played and won the 4th game)….

Also if this is another 4 game set then we haven’t won it yet. Still, we won’t lose it!

Kiyotchan
Super Member
1 year ago

Canning to me was the player of the game although TV announcers gave it to Thaiss. I would like to point out that having Walsh at 1B stabilized the infield defense tremendously. We used to lose this kind of game earlier in the season because of defensive miscues. We had iron clad defense tonight.

BruinsAngelsKings
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Having a 1b that you KNOW will get to the badly thrown balls makes a HUGE difference to the rest of the infield.

steelgolf
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Canning was easily the Player of the Game. 7 innings of shut out pitching and he looked like he could have gone another inning.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  steelgolf

Estevez should buy him a beer. Dudes had a lot of innings.

max
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max
1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

panther = canning