Angels 5 Diamondbacks 2
To say that Zac Gallen came into the day absolutely carrying the Diamondbacks starting rotation is probably an understatement. Tied for first in fWAR in the National League at 3.3 and second only to Kevin Gausman in the entire MLB, this would probably go without saying. Nevertheless, when you consider that Merrill Kelly (who we did not see this series) is the only other starter they have sporting an ERA remotely considered passable, it really puts into perspective just how important he has been. Of course, we all know Tommy Henry and Ryne Nelson who have been mediocre on a good day put us out to pasture. It was inevitable, then, that the 1-2-3 in the lineup would rock the potential Cy Young candidate.
Mickey Moniak was the big bat today as he crushed a 3-run bomb off the righty that effectively put the game away.
Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani also came through with solo shots of their own for their 18th and 31st respectively.
Not to be overlooked was Reid Detmers, who continues to outpitch ace after ace after ace since getting rocked back at the very beginning of June. Canning’s little implosion earlier in the series aside, I think I’d still slot him in above Detmers as the number 2, but to have a number 3 look this stellar is pretty promising. And I do mean stellar, as the southpaw would strike out 9 in 6 innings pitched with just one mere mistake pitch in the second that didn’t give up the lead for very long at all.
I kind of wish we could always play pitchers that are elite. We might see our offensive production get back into high gear. It should excite every single one of us how tough the schedule is going to be from here on out. We’re going to see a lot of bombs as long as teams stop using bullpen days against us.
Obligatory Ohtani homer video: