Angels “Fresh Start” Begins With a 7-5 Loss to the Astros

For the first game after the All-Star break, the Angels faced off against the Astros with an updated roster. To the IL goes Rendon, Adell, and Bachman, while Fletcher got sent down. Incoming is Zach Neto and Matt Moore from the IL and the duo of Michael Stefanic and Trey Cabbage making the trip from Salt Lake. Especially of notice is Cabbage preparing to make his Major League Debut once he gets into a game. Hopefully his power will play up in the Bigs.

But sha-la-la-la-la-la live for today when Shohei Ohtani takes the bump hoping to get the Angels off on the right foot against J.P. France. Shohei looked solid from the get-go, but seemed to have a different pitch pattern, likely to avoid throwing pitches that will reaggravate his fingernail problems. The Angels got on the board first in the 2nd inning when Stefanic singled home Mike Moustakas, who had reached on a single of his own to lead off the inning. The next batter, Neto, touched a little nubber down the first base line to drive in Renfroe from third. 2-0 Angels after 2.

Fast forward to the 4th inning where Shohei must have started to have issues with his finger again. Kyle Tucker was immediately hit on his back foot by the first pitch, Jose Abreu walked after he started to walk back to the dugout two pitches prior thinking he struck out looking, and Chas McCormick had a walk of his own. The next batter Bligh Madris grounded out to third where Rengifo was waiting to throw home for a force out, but Wallach’s throw to first was too late for a double play. Corey Julks followed up with a single to bring the Astros within one. Then Jeremy Pena made a productive out with a grounder to bring the tying run home. Considering the bases loaded with no outs predicament, Ohtani was lucky to limit the damage to 2 runs. Nothing was doing in the bottom of the inning. 2-2 after 4 innings.

Houston was up to no good again in the 5th inning. Back to back 1-out doubles by Bregman and Tucker put the Astros up by 1. But they weren’t done there. Abreu chopped the ball toward third base, which would typically be an easy out, but Rengifo inexcusably didn’t glove the ball, allowing it to roll into the outfield. What’s worse, Luis looked like he was just lollygagging to retrieve the ball while Tucker ran home all the way from second base. Maybe the run would’ve scored regardless, but it wasn’t a good look, IMO. Judge for yourself. 4-2 Astros.

This time, the Halos had a response in the bottom of the 5th. After Ohtani and Ward singled with 1 out, Mickey Moniak brought the Angels one run closer with an RBI single, making him 3 for 3 at that point.

The very next batter was Eduardo Escobar, who had a clutch single of his own to tie the game at 4.

If you thought this meant the momentum would shift back to our side, though, you haven’t seen the second half version of the 2023 Angels of Buttercupland. The first batter was Corey Julks who walked, thanks in part to Shohei appearing to have a problem with his finger again. Jacob Webb replaced him and did not have his pitches working. Another walk led to some successful small ball sac bunting by Maldonado to put two runners in scoring position with 1 out, perfectly paving the way for Mauricio Dubon to single in both runners. But the ‘Stros weren’t done there. Abreu had an RBI single of his own before the inning was over, resulting in a 7-4 Astros lead after 6 and a half innings.

In the bottom of the 6th, Hunter Renfroe greeted new reliever Seth Martinez with a double over Tucker’s head in right. Pinch-hitter Matt Thaiss walked and things were looking interesting. But once again, this is the Angels. Stefanic tried a sac bunt of his own, but he softly fouled it back to Maldonado. To make matters MUCH worse, Renfroe started leaning toward third base for some reason and got forced out when Maldy threw to second base to nab him for a very unconventional double play. Zach Neto then struck out swinging to end the inning. Killjoy…

Jaime Barria was the new Halo pitcher in the 7th inning and he looked really good in putting the Astros down in order. Houston then countered in the bottom of the inning with Hector Neris, who struck out Ohtani, but then surrendered a long homer to Taylor Ward, bringing them within 2 again.

Unfortunately, he was the only one who could do anything, as Moniak and Escobar both posted strikeouts.

Barria stayed in the game and had another 1-2-3 inning in the 8th. As the game slowly began to reach the finish line, Renfroe had a 1-out single and Thaiss walked, setting the table for Trey Cabbage’s first ML at-bat. He was first pitch swinging and almost squeaked a grounder down the middle, but Dubon had a play on it getting the fielder’s choice at second. Velazquez pinch ran for Cabbage and immediately stole second, but Zach Neto flew out to end the inning with no runs scoring.

Aaron Loup came in to pitch the top of the ninth and the results were quite loopy. After 2 singles, Jose Soriano replaced Loup inheriting runners on the corners. David Hensley struck out on a nice curveball, then Corey Julks walked to load the bases with 2 outs bringing up playoff hero Jeremy Pena, who only managed a soft grounder up the middle allowing Squid to step on second for the inning ending out.

Then the amazing Angels…or not…went down swinging in the closing frame. Same old, same old…7-5 Astros final.

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sjbuzz69
Newbie
9 months ago

It pisses me off that Fletcher didn’t get a real chance to play this year supposedly because of his hitting but yet they trot out Renjifo every day with his sorry ass .219 average. Angels management is a joke. Bye bye Shohei

Drew-S
Member
9 months ago

I did a post that disappeared. It was critical of Arte. Does that go to the moderators or something?

DMAGZ13
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Ohtani for Jackson Holliday and Heston Kjerstad

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

Nevin is under the impression that Angels still have Sho on the roster next Friday, but he may have pitched his last game as Angel last night especially if Angels are swept by Asstros and MFYankees.
https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1680337340341055489

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Drew-S
Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

You may be too optimistic that he’s pitched his last game as an Angel.
Arte surely knows that he’ll be able to resign Shohei, because Shohei only says that it’s winning that counts (that’s the Arte narrative) and that his millions will convince Shohei to resign with the Angels, because Arte’s money is the way he’s managed his life…. want something….. your money will get it. (but he’ll learn this time that that doesn’t work).

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

Ok!

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

You’re halfway there

Last edited 9 months ago by Cowboy26
Twebur
Legend
9 months ago

Something to watch right after we fall behind the Ass’tros tonight on our way to another loss. It’s another view into the ring of hell this season has become.
https://www.youtube.com/live/m82bI1QCRdA?feature=share

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago

Angels making progress, No. 12 now

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Last edited 9 months ago by FungoAle
WallyChuckChili
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Think we can select a no. 28 and give him full slot?

steelgolf
Super Member
9 months ago

If we select a #28 then they would offer him a #1 slot after cheering that he fell to them.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
9 months ago

The Angels are currently the 11th best team in the AL out of 15. We are closer to 40-50 Detroit than we are to 51-41 WC3 Toronto.

Maybe we’ll get hot, though, and win a lot of games. If 90 wins is the magic number then we’d need to go 45-25 from here

Twebur
Legend
9 months ago

I think we will get hot………….sometime late in the season, and get hot enough that instead of drafting #5, we will draft #13 after the hot streak. And then take an over-drafted no position, hit only (he’ll never hit), from a Division 2 college that no one has ever heard of, that has “Fighting” in the name. 

Well at least we’re not Detroit, we’re not Detroit.
https://youtu.be/oZzgAjjuqZM?t=40

tanana40
Super Member
9 months ago

Rengifo starting at 2B tonight. The lineup from https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR
Neto
Othani
Ward
Moniak
Escobar
Moose
Renfroe
Thaiss
Rengifo

Claret
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

Perpetual face palm

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

You can’t make this up anymore

Last edited 9 months ago by HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago

Who do you have at 2nd over Rengifo? Plumber? What the hell happened to wonder boy Davey Fletcher?

steelgolf
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

You call up Fletcher and DFA Rengifo.

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Was not aware Fletcher got sent down. Man, this organization is sure down on him and I kind of understand it.

Plumber looks every bit his nickname.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Fletcher is washed. The numbers over the last 3 years bear this out and he’s only getting worse.

Moreover, I watched him carefully in SD and the eye test was worse.

I’m not arguing for Rengifo, but I am arguing against Fletch. He’s done.

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

The point is that Washed Fletch is still better than Luis at everything.. base-running / speed is the only advantage for Luis but he ain’t getting on base on his own so that advantage is nullified. And he’s more likely to f up on the base paths so that “advantage “ is questionable to being with.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

It’s very debatable if 2023 fletch is a better defensive player because he can no longer run, which means he can’t get to as many balls.

Like I said somewhere else, why not Stefanic + TBD over fletch+ Rengifo at this point.

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Yea Stefanic for now and Fletcher should be up over Rengifo in general. He plays all defensive positions better and hits better. Being a switch hitter is useless if you suck at both splits

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

Why not Stefanic and TBD?

The club is making the correct call Fletcher. Rengifo is a different discussion.

steelgolf
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

WTF?????? That idiot causes my blood pressure to rise. And Nevin is just as big an idiot for crayoning him into the line up. It’s a Scioscia/ Mathis love affair all over again, and the team suffers because of it.

Twebur
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Take Phillip’s Toys Away…..Unless Perry shares his love of ‘Gafo…. Then it’s up to Arte to tell PTP to take the toy from Phillip. And we now Arte ain’t paying attention to this shit show. So, LETS GO RENGAFO!!!
https://youtu.be/dzHVeqjl4JE

steelgolf
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Maybe he will go and run headfirst into a wall and knock some sense into himself.

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

A year ago we were all urinating on Rengafo and then he turned into a monster at the plate the final 2-months. Keep urinating.

Simba
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Mathis actually had value as a pitcher’s catcher – pitchers liked him and there’s a fair amount of evidence to support he added value. I don’t see any evidence supporting playing Rengifo. Not hustling is an instant cut from my perspective.

steelgolf
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

Screw you, Nevin. Now you deserve to be fired.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

Neto shouldn’t lead off given that he didn’t play for weeks. Ward isn’t a 3 hitter. Moniak isn’t a 4 hitter. Rengifo shouldn’t play at all. Otherwise, the lineup is a gem.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Angelstan

Given the current roster construction, Ward/Moniak should split leadoff duties based on matchups.

Keep Otani in the two hole and… when is Drury due back?

Too many injuries. Way too many.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
9 months ago

I give this article a resounding “duh”

The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly willing to listen to trade offers for two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani before the Aug. 1 deadline, but any sort of deal is likely going to require a haul of top-tier prospects.

The Angels want “multiple top-100 type prospects to begin the conversation” for an Ohtani deal, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

Son of Angel royalty did pretty good at Tri City last night with 5 shut out innings. although he really needs to cutdown on the walks and the stolen bases but I didnt realize the Angels are trying to convert him into a starter.

Cole Percival last 4 games: 19 innings 1.89 ERA 26 K’s 12 BBs 11 SBs .572 OPSA

Last edited 9 months ago by Cowboy26
angelslogic
Super Member
9 months ago

Where’s the tweet that says Rengifo has been DFA’d?

angelslogic
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Rengifo booted a grounder from Jose Abreu and then didn’t hustle after the ball, allowing Tucker to score and Abreu to reach second. He was approached by Nevin after the inning and was benched in favor of Eduardo Escobar.

Twebur
Legend
9 months ago

Here is where all of our draft savings went. Now we have a Blake and Ward. With Tweets coming from Taylor Blake Ward about this horrible team to look forward to.

https://twitter.com/jimcallisMLB/status/1679978342450069504?s=20

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

hey with all this negativity lately, its good to continue to see some positivity with this team. Our 2022 2nd round draft pick had another 3 hits last night and is now hitting .319/.348/.644 in 141 Plate appearances this season.

Twebur
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Who and where? Rush him up here so we have another crushable hope. 😀

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We didn’t have a 2nd round pick due to signing Thor (I think that’s why).

And 2021 was all pitchers so eh, what?

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

And who did we get for Thor?

hence our 2022 second round draft pick.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

now I feel silly for not figuring that out! Well done.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

Even got a bonus pick out of that trade (Jadiel Sanchez) although at 22 he’s quasi filler at Low A. but you never know.

Now maybe Perry can get a 2023 second pick here in a couple of weeks for a Tyler Anderson trade.

Last edited 9 months ago by Cowboy26
Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Mickey!

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

hes soooo fine.

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Until he hits lefties, upside is limited

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

He is going to get his chances against Valdez today unless Rotowire AI is right in predicting Rengifo in CF batting in 6 hole. 😉

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan
Claret
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Further proof that Rengifo is an operative spy with kompromat on Arte and his college friends.

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Good, the only way for a player to prove he can hit lefties is to be play. Keep him in the lineup for 600 ABs.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Exactly but he couldn’t hit either side last year . At Least the Angels are giving him opportunities now.

Last edited 9 months ago by Cowboy26
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Was there last second change of starting Asstros pitcher? I wouldn’t doubt it from conniving D. Baker.

Claret
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I think the Angels should make a habit of dealing for second-round first-overall draft picks.

MarineLayer
Super Member
9 months ago

When I say we should be sellers, I don’t mean it should be a fire sale, but anyone who is on an expiring or one year contract, as well as anyone who is dumb enough to take on Rendon’s contract. I think we should keep Trout so he can spend his entire career with us if he wants. However, if he wants to leave so he can pursue a World Series, we should honor that wish. I also think we should keep our young core so we can rebuild around them after Arturo departs.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Noone’s dumb enough to take on Rendon’s contract unless we tie some big time prospects ( do we have any?) or even Shohei to it.

That would be a complete waste of capital . It’s a sunken cost. Keep gnashing those chiclets because it wont get resolved anytime soon.

MarineLayer
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Thanks. Just expressing a goal, not predicting a result.

DowningDude
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

The Angels are more like Peter Sellers – comedy gold

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

At your service, sir. Like Cato.
https://youtu.be/Tu1RZaFnkKs

steelgolf
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

YES !!!!!!!

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Time to move Thaiss

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

need a back up catcher .

Twebur
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Wallach 0-30

Angelstan
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Why did Wallach play last night? Is he Ohtani’s personal catcher?

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

I see what you did there, and I approve.

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DowningDude
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I thought it was Air Supply

🎶 “We’re all out of Lamb, were so lost without him” 🎶

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

I stand corrected, sir. Just different preposition, whole different meaning.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Twebur
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Life long friend had a Greek restaurant…Friday was Lamb night…always ran out. Father in a heavy Greek accent, would proclaim “All out of Lamb”………… I guess you needed to be there.

Let him fall down patrolling 1st for Stanks.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

You’re definitely becoming my Gyro with that story Twebs.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

First time I had Greek food was in upstate NY in college. I ordered Souvlaki sandwich. I was immediately hooked after the first bite.

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
9 months ago

BR post draft farm rankings: the Angels were #19 pre-draft. They are now #28 post-draft.

trAdition.

Fumid346
Member
9 months ago

Giffy needs a change of scenery. I think the Yankees would be a good landing spot. They need a spark and with his speed and power he could give then a jump start if his bat comes alive. I’m sure Cashman could get him pretty cheap

MarineLayer
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Any news on whether he’s been DFA’d yet?

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Ever dependable Angels beat writer Sammy is on it. The second he finds out, he will let us know. Don’t know if he touched on the subject in his subscription requiring Athletic article, but I would not doubt it.

steelgolf
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

That is the news I’m waiting for.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Arte plans to offer him a contract extension

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Fumid346

I would also send those pretack baseballs that are no longer used in Southern League with him.

There are several advantages in that 1) pretacked baseballs have more friction so they won’t go as far from his glove when he doesn’t catch them cleanly, and he does not have to go extra hard to chase them and 2) Aaron Boone can use them to throw at him in hope of getting Fiffo into better mental shape.

Fansince1971
Legend
9 months ago

Was thinking it would be fun to watch Shohei launch baseballs into the SF Bay.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

At your service, sir. I think those kayakers are already getting excited.
https://youtu.be/fpZni_HusRo

Angels22
Trusted Member
9 months ago

I gave up on this team until I see Shohei traded. Shame on Arte. 2010-2020 was miserable and 2020-2030 is turning out the same. I remember the good ole days from 2000-2010. Won the World Series in 2002 and many playoff appearances after.

Jayman28
Trusted Member
9 months ago

This just keeps getting more and more hilarious. But they really need to free Shohei.