No Doubt! Angels Win 4-3 in 10 Innings on Stefanic’s GW Double

The Yankees came to town for their annual appearance in Anaheim. The Angels had Griffin Canning tabbed for the start on the the mound, while New York countered with Luis Severino. Both pitchers went toe to toe putting up zeroes for the first 5 innings, with a few big plays sprinkled in, the biggest of which was in the 3rd inning when Shohei doubled to the left-center gap with Zach Neto on first base. Neto was waved home, but no mistakes were made on the relay and he was tagged out by a mile.

As Canning continued to deal, albeit inefficiently pitch-count wise due to the 12 strikeouts he would eventually rack up, the Angels has their next best chance to do some damage in the 5th inning when Renfroe led off with a walk and Trey Cabbage followed up with a ground-rule double to give the Halos two runners in scoring position with no outs. After Escobar struck out swinging, Zach Neto grounded to the drawn-in third baseman who easily threw home to tag Renfroe out who was running on contact. Severino then intentionally walked Ohtani to load the bases for Mickey Moniak, which turned out to be the right move when Mickey lined out to end the inning.

Canning went back out for the 6th inning and tried his darndest to finish one more inning, but he seemed to hit a wall after the first two outs when he allowed two singles and a walk. This ended his night, but with an astounding 120 (!) pitches, at least for this modern era.

All 12 of Canning’s K’s

It was nice to see, but not so nice to see Herget come in to clean things up, especially when Oswaldo Cabrera hit a gapper ground rule double to give the Yankees a 2 run lead.

The Angels came back to life just a bit in the bottom of the inning thanks to Matt Thaiss’ long solo homer to put the Angels on the board. That’s all they would manage in the inning. 2-1 Yankees after 6.

Gerardo Reyes replaced Herget and did a great job holding the lead in the 7th. New Yankee pitcher Michael King replaced Severino and struck out two batters while walking Escobar, which then brought up Shohei with a runner on 1st, not permitting them to intentionally walk him. The result was truly glorious when Shohei extended his home run streak to 3 games with his league leading 35th, including a marvelous bat flip. 3-3 tie!

Gwen Stefani left no doubt of her approval!

Neither team scored in the 8th inning, as Reyes gave way to reliever Matt Moore to get the third out of the inning. Moore went out to pitch the 9th inning, but started off shakily giving up a leadoff single to LeMahieu which included a bobble by Renfroe allowing D.J. to advance to second base. After walking Oswald Peraza, Moore had to face Giancarlo Stanton with two runners on. With one big swing, it looked for a moment like the score was about to become 6-3, but the long fly came up just short and the Yankees’ choice to have the runners on the move forced them to not be able to tag up, instead having to retreat to 1st and 2nd. This proved to be mighty beneficial when Gleyber Torres grounded into a double play to end the Yankees’ half of the 9th with the score still tied.

Ohtani led off the 9th with a chance to be the hero again, or to hit for the cycle at least since he was only a double shy. But there would be no magic this time as Sho struck out swinging against Anaheim native Nick Ramirez. Mickey then lined out to left. After Taylor Ward walked, Moustakas cued a ball to third base area for an infield single. Matt Thaiss showed a good eye, taking some borderline balls, but his luck ran out when the umpire called the final one as a strike, prompting Thaiss to slam his bat and helmet while screaming obscenities, getting him ejected in the process as the game headed to extra innings.

Aaron Loup was the next man up in the 10th and looked strong, coaxing a ground out and two strikeouts to keep the game tied. In the bottom of the 10th the first two batters made outs to set the stage for Michael Stefanic, who had the clutch game-winning hit down the line, scoring Wallach from second base. Angels win 4-3!!!

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Jimmuscomp
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9 months ago

Also, I’m curious what Maddon would have done with THIS roster.

Maddon was scapegoated last year and I’m still salty about it.

DowningDude
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9 months ago
Reply to  Jimmuscomp

He would have gotten a mohawk

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
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9 months ago
Reply to  Jimmuscomp

Yea same here. Say what you will but Maddon had that feel for the game that Phil lacks in spades.. we will always gripe and complain about bullpen use but just as far as the in game management ( bases loaded walks and shit aside) Maddon was a solid “feeel” manager

Jimmuscomp
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Our 3rd base coach is horrid. Like wow. I watched the highlights this morning. Neto had no business being sent.

He’s gonna run a good player into a stupid injury.

Ugh.

Phil and his staff need to be shown the door. Yesterday.

rosstrade
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9 months ago

My Fellow Halo Fans and Supporters:

With our playoffs prospects dwindling, it’s doubling painful that we are likely to lose the Big Sho next season as well.

What may also be the case now is that teams will be reluctant to give away multiple top prospects for a Sho half a season rental.

For example, would Tampa Bay unload the farm system to get Sho to win it all in 2023 knowing that they can’t sign him for a longer term contact for next year on?

Or, why would the Dodgers give away several of their 9 top 100 prospects now to get Sho knowing that they will probably (along with Seattle) have a good chance to sign him long term after the season?

Right now, Perry and Arte have absolutely no leverage. Sure, they will listen to offers for The Sho; but, they will probably be low-ball offers that won’t trigger a trade.

Imagine if Perry unloads The Sho in a grossly uneven trade: it would be better for the team to go all in on using Shohei to get the team as far as it can this season even if it means losing him next year with no return.

Being an Angel fan sucks big time….

2GA2Join
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  rosstrade

I disagree. I think that a team will give an overpay to get Ohtani knowing he could be the key that pushes them into a WS.

DaveChalk
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9 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Completely agree that teams like Dodgers are still playing to win this year and some worthwhile return is possible. We can’t worry about what could have been trading him a year ago or whether we get what we feel we deserve. Its business. Just get the best return possible. The pitching just seemingly isn’t there for this to be a playoff team and just hard to accept the hypothesis that this team limping to .500 makes it easier to sign Shohei if we keep him. The Trout and Rendon window seems to be closed anyway so a smart club would push their compete horizon out a few years. And I absolutely love Shohei play but I don’t want to really see any more years of falling in the middle.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Agreed. If you have an already solid, playoff bound team, overpaying to land Ohtani is worth it and frankly, winning a WS is so damn difficult that I don’t consider it an “overpay” if you win it all.

red floyd
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9 months ago

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Cowboy26
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9 months ago

Plumber gave us the slightest crack of daylight tonight for our dwindling chances. Let’s hope it grows..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNTg2VtxMvk.

DowningDude
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9 months ago

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BannedInLA
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9 months ago

Tomorrow would be a fine time for Patrick to give us at least 7 strong innings.

Neto – SS
Ohtani – DH
Moniak – CF
Ward – LF
Moose – 3B
Thaiss – C
Renfroe – RF
Cabbage – 1B
Plummer – 2B

One game at a time. One game at a time…

Last edited 9 months ago by BannedInLA
BannedInLA
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9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

It really blows that Adell is not getting the chance to soak up these at bats. Couple that with Trout being out and we’re forced to play Renfroe too much.

Jimmuscomp
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9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Agree. This was a nice time for him to get some reps. Even at the expense of Ward – need to see if Adell has made any progress this year. The injury makes that impossible for a bit.

Hatcher_Is_My_Homeboy
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9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Hope Cabbage and Plummer get a few knocks a piece and this lineup could stick pretty regularly until Drury is back

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

If Cabbage & Plummer get it going, it would give us a
very nice 3 man rotation for 2 positions. Nice problems to have

matthiasstephan
Super Member
9 months ago

We have 16 players on the IL. Impressive how they are playing given that, especially key players (Trout, Rendon, Urshela, Drury, Stassi, O’Hoppe), and while Suarez is the only starting pitcher (from opening roster), we are also down six relievers. The depth is soooo much better than it has been.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

Christopher?

BannedInLA
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Amanda. She was great in Pulp Fiction.

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
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9 months ago

Angels may have to pay Gwen Stefani Vegas like residency money to come to every home game from here on out

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

Any relation to Jack Stefani?

Hatcher_Is_My_Homeboy
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

You mean Jack Stephan??

Last edited 9 months ago by Hatcher_Is_My_Homeboy
red floyd
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9 months ago

Wasn’t that Jack Stephanovich?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6PtHagsJMc

steelgolf
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9 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Jack Staphanino!

DowningDude
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9 months ago

Gwin Stefanic

Kiyotchan
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9 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

 😆 

angelslogic
Super Member
9 months ago

Just for a moment, imagine we won yesterday’s game also. What a return from the All Star break it would have been.

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
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9 months ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Yup 1 game over and 4 games back. With how Loup threw the ball today it really makes you want to fight Phil even more

red floyd
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9 months ago

I still can’t believe this is the same Loup.

Pineapple12
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9 months ago
Reply to  angelslogic

would have been electric 😔

Gotta find a way to sweep the Yankees, get to 49-48. Day off Thursday, and finish the homestand against the struggling Pirates.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Imagine we lived in a world devoid of buttercup.

What a return from the 2000’s it would have been.

steelgolf
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Unfortunately, we live in a field of buttercups.

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Call me crazy but if we can find some consistency in the pen and get Sandoval to be decent.. To form what could be a nice first 4 in Sho – Reid and Griff, in a few weeks we could make some noise.

– Neto -SS
– Ohtani – DH
– Trout – CF
– Moniak – RF
– Drury – 2B
– Moustakas / Rendone – 3B
– Ward – LF
– Renfroe / Cabbage – 1B
– Thaiss / Ohappe – C

Pretty Deep lineup.

Phil confirms Plumber is starting tmrw

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Plumber starting tomorrow is well deserved. I am happy for him.

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
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9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Perhaps another option for the coveted lead off role we’ve been searching for. Seems to work the count and control the zone at times better than Zach. Having Neto hit 9th was a deadly weapon because of his pop.

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

What a clever thought!

max
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max
9 months ago

Rec’d for your positivitiness!

DowningDude
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9 months ago

Dat wuz some crazeee shizz

DMAGZ13
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9 months ago

The east coast media is starting to piss of Ohtani. He’s not a guy who wants his manager to be asked about trades and stuff during a game. Ohtani is very respectful of the game and his teammates in ways that a certain group of me-first Americans don’t understand. That bat flip was WBC leader Ohtani. But also a manifestation of his frustration. Dude, if our team was any good, I think he’d sign tomorrow. The problem is that Perry’s been a mixed results GM (which is better than the other failures but still meh relative to the rest of the league)

DowningDude
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9 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

More amazing to me was how he was chirping all around the basepaths. He was so pumped up!!!! Awesome to see.

💡 Player/manager/owner Ohtani. Solves all of our problems.

FungoAle
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9 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

No question, wanted to show the Yankee fans what he could do IF…

angelslogic
Super Member
9 months ago

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Fansince1971
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9 months ago

Angels were stinking it up all night with clogged bases. The plumber came in and flushed a giant turd (Moustakas) through the pipes!

Last edited 9 months ago by Fansince1971
Kiyotchan
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I like the vivid description of how it was done.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Wrong turd ’71. The Wallach turd is much much larger

Fansince1971
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah I figured that out after it was too late to edit. But you get the idea.

DowningDude
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

3rd slowest runner in MLB. 🤣

Hatcher_Is_My_Homeboy
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Happiest men in Orange County tonight:

#1 – Plumber
#2 – Chad Wallach that Plumber hit a ball down the line that didn’t force him into “2nd gear”
#3 – Blake Shelton

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

 😆 

red floyd
Legend
9 months ago

“It seems you’re always stuck in second gear”

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

Uh Hey Homey that was second gear

Pineapple12
Super Member
9 months ago

It would be fun if we can right the ship and string together some wins.

For as long as we “stay in the hunt”, every game going forward feels so important.

We’ve missed the feeling of playing important games in July, August, September. I neeeeeed it.

LTBU

Last edited 9 months ago by Pineapple12
WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago

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DowningDude
Legend
9 months ago

Awesome!

2GA2Join
Super Member
9 months ago

No Arte, this doesn’t mean we’re going to the WS.

Please trade Ohtani!

 😀 

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
9 months ago

that hit down the leftfield line is so beautiful!!

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Even Wallach looked as fast as Sho.

Jimmuscomp
Trusted Member
9 months ago

120 pitches is unnecessary. Canning shouldn’t throw that many ever. Hope he is ok next few starts.

DowningDude
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9 months ago
Reply to  Jimmuscomp

🤣