Astounded to Report: Angels Sweep Boston

Today we got to see if Tyler Anderson could complete the sweep against Boston. Aaron Loup was one of the most available bullpen pieces. As it turns out, Anderson was reasonable. He made it through six innings and left the Angels with a six run lead. James Paxton was relatively ineffective.

In the top of the first inning, Justin Turner did manage a walk but the Angels ended the Boston threat with their first double play of the day. The Angels went three up three down.

In the Second inning, the Red Sox got men on first and third with one out. The Angels executed a rather strike ’em out throw ’em out double play. After the strikeout, Wallach threw to Rengifo at second who threw straight back to Wallach to cut Rafael Devers down trying to steal home.

Hunter Renfroe led the Angels second inning off with a four pitch walk. Thanks Paxton. Brandon Drury lined a double to left to put men on second and third with no outs. Gio Urshela hit a sac fly to score Hunter Renfroe.

Luis Rengifo struck out and Chad Wallach earned a walk. Zach Neto homered. Yes, this time it really was Zach Neto. Three runs make it 4-0 Angels.

The Red Sox went three up three down in the top of the third inning. Mike Trout came up and struck out for the second time of the game. Shohei Ohtani homered to avenge Trout. 5-0 Angels.

Hunter Renfroe lined out but Brandon Drury singled to put a man on first with two outs for Gio Urshela who walked. Luis Rengifo struck out to end the inning.

In the top of the fourth Masataka Yoshida doubled with one out. Rafael Devers hit a fly ball out. Enrique Hernandez also doubled to score Yoshida. 5-1 Angels. Pablo Reyes grounded out for the third out.

Nick Pivetta came in to replace James Paxton on the mound for the bottom of the fourth. He struck out Chad Wallach for the first out. Zach Neto hit a base hit to center. Taylor Ward hit a fly ball out to center. Mike Trout homered to score two more. 7-1 Angels.

Shohei Ohtani ended the inning with a flyout.

In the top of the fifth inning Raimel Tapia got a one out walk, Rob Refsnyder got a two out single and Justin Turner grounded out to end the top of the fifth. The Angels went three up three down.

In the top of the sixth, the Red Sox went three up and three down. Luis Rengifo struck out swinging. Chad Wallach hit a flyout to right. Zach Neto hit a ground rule double to left. With two outs and a man in scoring position Taylor Ward hit a fly ball out to right to end the inning.

Anderson only struck out three but he left with a good lead and the Angels couldn’t ask for much more than that.

The Angels brought in Reyes Moronta to replace Tyler Anderson with a six run lead. I guess that’s a good thing. … Oh. I see. Never mind. Connor Wong homered to make it 7-2 Angels. Raimel Tapia then singled. Rob Refsnyder drew a two out walk. Moronta threw a wild pitch to advance Raimel Tapia to third and Rob Refsnyder to second. He then walked Justin Turner to load them up. Chris Devenski then replaced Moronta on the mound. Devenski got Yoshida to ground out to end the top of the seventh inning.

The Red Sox brought in Justin Garza to pitch to the Angels in the bottom of the seventh. Mike Trout grounded out as did Shohei Ohtani. Hunter Renfroe at least made contact for his out.

The Red Sox went one, two, three for the top of the eighth inning. Kenley Jansen came in to replace Justin Garza on the mound. The Angels almost went three up three down as well if it weren’t for Jared Walsh who walked. Chad Wallach popped up to end the inning.

The Angels brought in the dreaded Aaron Loup to pitch the ninth inning with a mere five run lead. I found this concerning. Loup walked the first batter, Connor Wong. He got Raimel Tapia to ground out. Connor Wong advanced to second. He got Jarran Duran to ground out, although Connor Wong advanced to third. Rob Refsnyder singled to score Connor Wong. 7-3 Angels. Justin Turner lined out to Mike Trout. You can light that halo with copious lighter fluid all over that one, the Angels swept the Red Sox winning this game 7-3.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Angelz4ever
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1 year ago

No video of Loup’s highlights?

DowningDude
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1 year ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

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Fansince1971
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1 year ago

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Sweep of the Red Sox Shuffle!!

red floyd
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1 year ago

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losangel
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1 year ago

This bi-polar team is on uppers right now and I’m loving it! Perry is looking like the man right about now. If we get another reliever or 2, either minors or trade, we’ll be looking pretty solid. Stay healthy my friends!!

JackFrost
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1 year ago
Reply to  losangel

I think the other question is will this starting pitching hold up ? The outing we got from Canning was quite surprising and much needed. The Canning from April does not win that game. Also, can Anderson continue to progress and gradually get a little better each passing start.? If he can approach a 4.00 ERA that would help us alot.. We just need him to keep us in games for 5-6 innings..

The bullpen is gradually looking better and Webb looks like he could be a contributor. With the rise of Devenkski as what appears to be a reliable bridge to the back end would could have a functional group in the making. I felt pretty early on that Dev could be that guy…But again, if you look at the pitching of a team like Houston they blow us out of the water. Yeah, we are better offensively, but as they say, pitching usually wins.

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2GA2Join
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1 year ago

Good performance by Anderson!

https://giphy.com/gifs/get-lucky-obWh8XqeiaT8A

2GA2Join
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1 year ago
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Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Occurred in 4 games this season and we have won all of them. At this rate, we will see Troutani approximately 10 additional times, which “guarantees” 10 additional wins for the season, thereby strongly increasing Angels chance of reaching playoffs.

2GA2Join
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tommyshalo
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1 year ago

MICKEY leads th way!!!!!
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2GA2Join
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tanana40
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1 year ago
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One of my favorites.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Tyler Anderson! You looked like Tyler Anderson! Not All-Star Tyler Anderson, but Anderson Classic. Fine with me buddy, you did good, ice cream for you little shaver!

Mike Trout! I guess you can still play baseball huh!?!? Good for you big guy!

Ohtani. The MSM will lick you enough that I don’t have to.

Neto! Magnificent Neto. Magneto.

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Hey Rengifo, Fletcher’s got a .713 OPS in SLC. Yeah, that’s like a .600 OPS here, I’m just saying you have a .580 OPS right now and can’t field as well as he does so….. want to keep your job or not?

Aaron Loup! By Felicia! The money is on the dresser. You were gross and never got better.

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Devenski. You still don’t suck. I accept you.

Worst 28 and 23 team ever. Rendon is sex magic and rich AF. Arte is still alive. Sad donkey gonna honk. Amen.

Bob_K
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1 year ago

Rengifo v. Fletcher – Rengifo has had a few good moments at the plate, but on the whole his approach at the plate seems to have regressed. I think Fletcher not being on the 40 man might be holding up this swap. I bet that as soon as they have enough flexibility, it happens.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago

Yes we have finally crossed the Streams.

2022 Angels After 51 Games: 27-24
2023 Angels After 51 Games: 28-23

TrojanBoiler
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

And dramatically different directions too.

2022 – Just lost our 7th in a row.
2023 – 5 of 6 against above .500 teams

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

if this team cant distance itself from 2022 going forward, were in deep shit trouble

MikeSalmon
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It’ll be difficult to top a 12 game losing streak. How about a 12 game WINNING streak?

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

I think we lost 14 games in a row last season. After 12 game losing streak, Maddon was fired. Nevin took over and lost next 2 and finally Shohei was able to snap the losing streak. So, how about 14 game winning streak, only 10 more to go?

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red floyd
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1 year ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

A 14 game losing streak tops it. And that’s what we had last year.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago

Nothing personal against Ryan Tepera, but I think DFAing him and having Jared Walsh return to our active roster were two water shed events for the dramatic turn around for Angels season by improving our bullpen by eliminating Tepera and making our infield defense ironclad tight with addition of Walsh at 1B.

John Henry Weitzel
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

So to win the division we need to dfa loup…

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago

Exactly, you must have been reading my mind.

Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

To me, A real Watershed moment was promoting the Mick.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That kinda makes sense. DFAing Tepera slowed down our descent toward 0.500 winning percentage, but when Moniak showed up, the direction turned upward, and addition of Walsh accelerated our ascent. Chronological sequence wise, you are absolutely correct.

JackFrost
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yep. He essentially won two games for us ; the Sunday Twins game was a shared win with Shohei really, and I’d say the first Boston game was won by him, or at least Panther honors…

He put us on our current Mojo trajectory. That is what the spark of a rising young player can do.

steelgolf
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1 year ago

To win the division they needed to DFA Loup about a month and half ago.

JackFrost
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1 year ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I think it is a bit premature to talk about winning the division. I don’t think Texas is going anywhere, and I think Houston has shown they are better than us, (at least for now) as they just know how to win the close games. Their pitching is clearly superior to ours. They showed that in our head to head series…

We’ll get another chance against them in about a week… We’ll see if anything has changed or if this is Fool’s Gold.

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TrojanBoiler
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

It’s ok if it’s personal vs Tepera. Nobody here would mind.

YOUknowulovetheIE
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1 year ago

Shuffle bots…

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago

It took a little while yesterday for the arrival.

max
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max
1 year ago

Well, damn. This is nice. 1 game back of the last WC (Houston). It’s gonna be tough. Pretty likely we have to finish in 2nd place to have a shot. It’s nice to see the depth being legitimate instead of hopeful.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  max

We have 4 game series against Asstros coming up in June. If we can, we should avoid pitching to Yordan Alvarez, then we should be competitive. I have not looked up who will be projected to pitch in the series, but if our starters continue to pitch the way they have been recently, I really like our chances of even winning at least 3 of 4 games.

Dogface1956
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1 year ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I’d be happy with a split, which would be a step in the right direction. Baby steps first, then lets run.

JackFrost
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1 year ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

A split is the worst we can accept — it is simulatneously acceptable and the LEAST we can accept. Losing 3 of 4 probably sinks our chances once and for all and reveals us as pretenders… I don’t expect the Rangers to suddenly fall apart, and the Astros will be good… We HAVE to at least split in Houston.

John Henry Weitzel
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1 year ago

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TrojanBoiler
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1 year ago

The Angels allowed 4 runs to the Red Sox over three games.

2 of those runs were courtesy of Poupy Loupy.

Bob_K
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1 year ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Bachman is rumored to be coming up. Who get’s released Moronta or Loup?

TrojanBoiler
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1 year ago

I think tonight’s win officially puts us ahead of our pace from last year.

I feel pretty confident saying that something would have to go very wrong for us to fall behind pace at this point. I think game 51 last year was our 7th loss out of 14 straight.

Overall, this was probably our best series of the season. Pitching, defense, and solid offense. Feels like this team might be starting to hit their stride. I can feel myself starting to believe.

Kiyotchan
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1 year ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

We now have the longest winning streak in MLB. We won season series against Boston for the first time in 8 years. Someone mentioned that we now have all the right ingredients to have a winning team. Now comes Marlins and White Sox. Let’s win both series and will have had at least 17 wins this month.

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

Yeah no reason we can’t go 4-2 against them

max
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max
1 year ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Well said

DowningDude
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1 year ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

#hero

John Henry Weitzel
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1 year ago
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Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

Just take a moment to realize it’s almost June and our season isn’t over.

Let’s keep it rolling!

smithy610
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1 year ago

HOW SWEEP IT IS!!!!