Reid Detmers came to pitch today. How did he pitch? How did Framber Valdez pitch? Well, everybody was doing fine until Chris Devensky came in to pitch. That was embarrassing. Matt Moore also sucked.
The defensive highlight of this inning was Matt Thaiss gunning down Mauricio Dubon trying to steal second base.
Framber Valdez struck out Zach Neto and Shohei Ohtani. Taylor Ward doubled. Mickey Moniak lined out directly to the first baseman.
Corey Julks doubled past Escobar at third. It didn’t matter. Detmers got out of the inning with two strikeouts and a fly out. Hunter Renfroe got a two out walk and Matt Thaiss got a hit to keep the inning alive. Luis Rengifo hit a three run homer. 3-0 Angels. It was initially ruled a double. I guess the international umpire conspiracy dropped the ball when this became a home run.
Chas McCormick walked and Mauricio Dubon got a one out double to put men at first and second with one out. Jeremy Pena grounded out to advance the runners. Kyle Tucker singled to drive in two runs. Mike Moustakas made a nice play on an Alex Bregman pop up to end the Astros half of the third. It’s 3-2 Angels here. Shohei grounded out. Taylor Ward struck out. Mickey Moniak also struck out.
Reid Detmers struck out two guys but walked Yainer Diaz. There was a mound visit. He then walked Chas McCormick. Martin Maldonado came up and doubled to make it 4-3 Astros. Dubon hit a fly out. This is not a major melt down, but it is not what the Angels want to see during a losing streak while they are up against the opponent’s ace. Eduardo Escobar reached on an error by Alex Bregman. Mike Moustakas struck out. Hunter Renfroe doubled but Escobar was gunned down at home plate after what seemed like a brain fart by the Angels third base coach. Matt Thaiss struck out to end the inning.
Jeremy Pena grounded out Neto to Moustakas. Kyle Tucker hit a fly ball out to center. Alex Bregman grounded out to short. Rengifo then grounded out. Zach Neto struck out. Shohei Ohtani also struck out.
Jose Abreu lined out to Zach Neto. Corey Julks flied out to right. Yainer Diaz struck out. Taylor Ward came up and singled to center. Mickey Moniak got his first hit of the year against a left handed pitcher. It was a single to left that barely cleared the infield. Eduardo Escobar notched his second strikeout of the evening. Moustakas also struck out. Hunter Renfroe grounded into a force out to end the inning.
Chris Devenski came in to pitch for Reid Detmers. Chas McCormick singled on a ball that bonked off of the glove of Luis Rengifo. Martin Maldonado executed a perfect hit and run play. The Astros now had men at first and third with no outs. Mauricio Dubon singled to drive in a run and Maldonado went from first to third. 5-3 Astros. There was a mound visit, for what that’s worth. Jeremy Pena struck out. Kyle Tucker almost hit a homer which fortunately was caught by Mickey Moniak. It served as a sacrifice fly, though. 6-3 Astros.
Alex Bregman singled to center sending Dubon to third. Jose Abreu homered. 9-3 Astros.
Now Zack Weiss came in to replace Chris Devensky on the mound. Devensky was doing so well. I guess we need to save his strength for future games. Weiss got Corey Julks to ground out to third to end the Astros half of the inning. Matt Thaiss walked. Luis Rengifo grounded into a force out. There was one out and a man at first. Zach Neto homered to make it 9-5 Astros.
Ryne Stanek came in to replace Framber Valdez facing Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani struck out. Taylor Ward walked to bring up Mickey Moniak, who singled to center. Eduardo Escobar singled to right and Taylor Ward scored. 9-6 Astros.
Mike Moustakas came up, at which point the Astros brought in Bryan Abreu to pitch. Mike Moustakas homered to make it 9-9. Thank you Bryan Abreu. Hunter Renfroe then struck out to bring us back to Earth.
Matt Moore came in to pitch. I might have linked “More More More” by Andrea True but Yainer Diaz singled and Chas McCormick homered while I was finding it. Now I’m looking for “Less Less Less” by Weird Al Yankovik if it exists. 11-9 Astros. Martin Maldonado grounded out. Mauricio Dubon lined out although he burned up 9 pitches to do so. Jeremy Pena singled to right. Now Tucker Davidson came in to replace Moore. Mercifully, Kyle Tucker struck out.
Matt Thaiss came up with Hector Neris pitching. He grounded out softly to the pitcher. Luis Rengifo struck out. Zach Neto hit a fly ball out to center to end the inning.
Tucker Davidson came back out to pitch the ninth. He got Alex Bregman to ground out. Jose Abreu singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by Eduardo Escobar. Corey Julks lined out to Moniak in center. Yainer Diaz singled to drive in Jose Abreu. 12-9 Astros. Chas McCormick singled to third. Martin Maldonado popped out.
Can the Angels mount another one of their famous comebacks? Ryan Pressly came in to replace Neris on the mound. Shohei Ohtani homered to make it 12-10.
Taylor Ward singled to left. Mickey Moniak singled to center sending Ward to second. Andrew Velazquez came in to pinch run for Moniak. Eduardo Escobar singled to center to load them up for Moustakas with no outs. Martin Maldonado suffered a passed ball that scored Taylor Ward. 12-11 Angels.
Moustakas grounded out but Hunter Renfroe singled to tie the game.
Matt Thaiss struck out. Trey Cabbage came in to pinch hit for Luis Rengifo. He was out on a fly ball to center.
Now Carlos Estevez came in to pitch. Martin Maldonado is standing on second. Mauricio Dubon flied out to right. Jeremy Pena struck out. Carlos Estevez intentionally walked Kyle Tucker. Then Alex Bregman popped out to end the Astros half of the tenth inning. Phil Maton came in to pitch with Trey Cabbage standing at second base. Zach Neto flied out to right and then the Astros intentionally walked Shohei Ohtani. Taylor Ward walked it off with what was a throwing error by Grae Kessenger. 13-12 Angels.
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