Today we had Tyler Anderson going up against Hayden Wesneski. The Cubs went three up three down in the first inning. The Angels also didn’t score, although Mike Trout did draw a walk. I doubt if I will be able to find that “highlight” for you. It happened, though.
In the second: Seiya Suzuki singled. Yan Gomes doubled. Michael Tauchman singled to score Yan Gomes and Seiya Suzuki. 2-0 Cubs. Patrick Wisdom walked. Matt Mervis doubled on a cutter that didn’t cut. 4-0 Cubs and a man on second with one out. A Nico Hoerner fly out helped a little bit. The Angels got Dansby Swanson out despite themselves to put an end to the top of the second inning. Thaiss and Drury then both struck out. At least Urshela didn’t strike out. He managed to hit a fly ball out to right.
In the top of the third inning, Anderson issued a five pitch walk to Ian Haploid to start things off. After a couple of outs, Anderson walked Miguel Amaya. At least Michael Tauchman grounded a ball to Rengifo for a force out to end the Cubs part of the inning. The Angels went three up three down. Grrr!
In the top of the fourth inning Tyler Anderson managed to get a strikeout. The pitch wasn’t really a strike but whatever. Matt Mervis also struck out. Nico Hoerner did single but Dansby Swanson struck out to end the Cubs half of this inning. Shohei Ohtani came up and homered. 4-1 Cubs. Several other Angel outs made sure there was no other scoring. Typical.
Two strikeouts and a fly ball out brought the Angels back up to bat for the fifth inning. Gio Urshela did make a cool throw.
Brandon Drury doubled and Gio Urshela was hit by a pitch. Mickey Moniak lined out. Luis Rengifo reached on a fielder’s choice. Nobody was out, though, thanks to a fielding error by first baseman Matt Mervis. A wild pitch scored Brandon Drury. 4-2 Cubs.
Brandon Hughes came in to replace Hayden Wesneski on the mound. They decided to pitch to Shohei Ohtani. They pitched him carefully and they walked him. Mike Trout came up and singled to center to score both Rengifo and Urshela. 4-4 tie.
Anthony Rendon walked. Matt Thaiss singled to center deflected by the shortstop and both Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout scored. 6-4 Angels.
Brandon Drury struck out to end the threat.
In the top of the sixth inning, Jose Soriano replaced Tyler Anderson. Jared Walsh entered the game and Anthony Rendon exited. Miguel Amaya was hit by a pitch. Michael Tauchman struck out. Patrick Wisdom grounded into a force out and Matt Mervis lined out to right. The Angels turned around and went three up three down to bring the Cubs right back up again.
In the top of the seventh inning, Jacob Webb came in to replace Jose Soriano. Dansby Swanson got a one out single and the next two guys walked. Phil Nevin brought in Chris Devenski at this point. He got Yan Gomes to line into a double play. Taylor Ward came up and homered to center. 7-4 Angels.
Shohei Ohtani walked. So did Mike Trout. Jared Walsh batted with men at first and second and no outs. He worked a full count and then he also walked. The bases were loaded with no outs for Matt Thaiss. Michael Fulmer came in to replace the ineffective Jeremiah Estrada. Thaiss then struck out. Brandon Drury promptly hit into a double play to end the inning.
In the top of the eighth inning, Devenski struck out Miguel Amaya. He also struck out Mike Tauchman and Patrick Wisdom. Gio Urshela came up and struck out. Mickey Moniak grounded out and Zach Neto struck out.
Now we came to the top of the ninth inning. Carlos Estevez came in to close. Matt Mervis popped out to short. Nico Hoerner singled to right. Dansby Swanson struck out looking. Ian Happ singled to put men at first and third with two outs. Seiya Suzuki struck out. Angels win 7-4!
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi