Angels drop game one in Houston

Angels 2 Astros 5

Framber Valdez was initially lined up to start this game before he was bumped back to a Friday start (against Shohei Ohtani). Unfortunately, Cy Rookie Ronel Blanco held the Angels to only 2 runs over 5.1 innings. The Houston bullpen did the rest.

Taylor Ward, who has been hot as of late, opened up scoring with this RBI single:

Probably THE biggest moment in this game that may have changed the entire result, was this terrible called strike 3 on Taylor Ward with the bases loaded. Phil Nevin was heated – as he should have been – and was subsequently tossed. We don’t really know what would have happened here, but we do know that was at least ONE run that should have scored with a WalkRBI

Brandon Drury launches one to the choo-choo tracks

Ben Joyce sighting! Blowing smoke past mini Altuve

Rough game for the Angels who were 2 for 10 with RISP and left 13 men on base.

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Simba
Trusted Member
11 months ago

I was actually marveling at how good the umpire was – he was calling a perfect game, then that call. It was the most impactful call of the year per UmpireScorecards. Overall with only 4 missed calls, he favored Houston by 2 runs.

https://twitter.com/UmpScorecards/status/1664641566965678081?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1664641566965678081%7Ctwgr%5Ebe48d6929e81c42d8b445ca050b93c96e4ea46a0%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fumpscorecards.com%2Fsingle_game%2F%3Fgame_id%3D717936

Last edited 11 months ago by Simba
JackFrost
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Simba

Impactful.

Indeed.

2002heaven
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Simba

???

Angelz4ever
Super Member
11 months ago

One terribly timed terrible call was just….terrible, nevertheless other opportunities slipped through the Halos’ fingers. Pitching was pretty goodish, but expecting to win a MLB game with two runs just ain’t gonna do it.

Go Halos!!

DowningDude
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11 months ago

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FungoAle
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Well, shit…

2GA2Join
Super Member
11 months ago

Just finished watching the game from recording.
Oh well. That was not amusing.
I agree with others… we should have broken through against that starter with 50 pitches in his first 2 innings and lots of walks. Shohei buried us with that brutal K with bases loaded and that guy on the ropes. And then we had a chance to come fully back and were blatantly robbed by the umpire, which should not happen and was super crap. That would have been a 1 run game, bases loaded, with Trout up.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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11 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

….and what did Trout do? He popped out.

umpires make bad calls every game that go against both teams. The Angels lost because they couldn’t produce runs with runners in scoring position.

2002heaven
Super Member
11 months ago

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The solution for bad umpiring and PBP? Yes! AI

JackFrost
Super Member
11 months ago

Was an Astros huge inning derailed by a blatantly wrong, horrible call that struck the batter out ?

The answer is no.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
11 months ago

Indeed

Pineapple12
Super Member
11 months ago

Incredibly disappointing lost.

Not much else to say

Fansince1971
Legend
11 months ago

I don’t know. – thought the Ohtani K with bases loaded was pretty huge too. That was a momentum shifter.

Angels were up 1-0, bases were loaded, Ohtani was at the plate with two outs. His strikeout in that situation turned the game around.

Last edited 11 months ago by Fansince1971
GrandpaBaseball
Legend
11 months ago

You Angels fans suffered horribly, I didn’t come in until the 4th inning, lol while crying at the same time my suffering while still tough, yours was brutal. 😄 

JackFrost
Super Member
11 months ago

Thanks Jessica for not underplaying the game changing bogus strikeout of Ward. You acknowledged the importance of that, so thanks.

smithy610
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Not to excuse all the other LOBsters but that sequence of the game was huge. I saw an argument that Ward should have swung regardless because it’s 3-2. I disagree – Ward tracked that ball well as he should have. It was a good take. The score would have been 1 run closer with only ONE out. That change in the number of outs was the game changer.

DowningDude
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11 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

Trout wudda hit into a double-play if Ward walked instead of K’ing.

WallyChuckChili
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11 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

But it would have been a 1 run game

smithy610
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Or he could have hit a sacfly and tied the game

JackFrost
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

Agree. You don’t swing there because a walk brings a run in — which is the result that technically happened. Ward and the Angels were robbed. Plain and simple.

FungoAle
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

But you predicted a sweep, are you behind the mass conspiracy against the Angels?

JackFrost
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

What is the difference between a “mass” conspiracy and a plain conspiracy ? How do you define “mass” in your own mind? More than three people ? More than five people ?

And what do you mean am I “behind” it ? Do I believe a plain conspiracy can happen? Yeah, sure. They happen every day. They have even been proven to have happened in Major League Baseball before : see 1981 shortened season and playoff format etc.

Last edited 11 months ago by JackFrost
Twebur
Legend
11 months ago

2:16 hours of a shit show Sad Donkey struggle session.

Cowboy26
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

At least the pain was over more quickly than in past years.

PedroCerrano
Super Member
11 months ago

Anti Clutch Stat Monkey and The Murphy’s Law Gang

AllenB
Super Member
11 months ago

Total crap game. Between squandering opportunities and the horrible ump behind the plate, this was pretty unwatchable.

WallyChuckChili
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11 months ago

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Eric_in_Portland
Legend
11 months ago

2024 isn’t that far away

LA_Seitz
Trusted Member
11 months ago

Just really no hope that Trout or Ohtani will do anything when the Angels trail in the later innings. Maybe the expectations are too high, but that’s what the money is for.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  LA_Seitz

Almost want someone other than Trout or Ohtani to bat when these RISP situations occur in late innings. When they do well, it seems they do their damage earlier in the game than late.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Where’s Pujols?

JackFrost
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Yes, that is true.

Fansince1971
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I’m just not interested anymore in Trout or Ohtani. Let’s go young. Bring up a bunch of young guys who are hungry. It’s jus so much more fun to watch young players succeed then overpaid veterans fail.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
11 months ago

Riverboat gambler, Dusty Baker, wins a crap shoot by starting a rookie Blanco. Pretty disappointing game where we could not come through with timely hits with multiple RISP.

Turn a page and move on.

MarineLayer
Super Member
11 months ago

Let me be the first to say, that was an absolute fucking travesty.

Cowboy26
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Boy I miss Rendon.

Twebur
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I miss Rendon and I miss managers fighting with umpires. That was fun, should happen more often with home plate umps calling balls and strikes.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We could have used his bat today. The bottom 4 of our lineup today were 7 for 16, but our top 3 could not come through when needed. Maybe it is time to consider separating Trout and Ohtani by two or three spots, i.e. Trout in 2 hole and Ohtani in 5 spot or vice versa. We had more hits than Houston today, but lost.

JackFrost
Super Member
11 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Yep. The Ward AB totally changed the game. That one bogus strike call turned it from a victory to a loss..

Fansince1971
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I think the Ohtani strike out with bases loaded in the second inning, and two outs was even bigger

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
11 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Despite the call, the Angels still had Mike Trout at the plate with the bases loaded, a base hit away from tying the score. Trout hit a pop-up.

JackFrost
Super Member
11 months ago

The context of the Trout AB was totally changed by what happened with Ward…

As MarineLayer said above the Ward walk would have “put the noose around the pitcher’s neck.” That puts MUCH more pressure on him and in addition to momentum for the Angels the pitchers’ confidence would have been hurt more by walking in a run etc

Last edited 11 months ago by JackFrost