The Angels Lost This One 4-1.

Today we had Lucas Giolito versus Kevin Gausman. That’s a pretty intense pitching match up. The home run ball was the early story, though. Shohei Ohtani hit his 39th and then Matt Chapman hit his 14th.

Danny Jansen also hit his 14th homer to make it 2-1 Toronto in the third inning. That remained the score until the bottom of the sixth inning. Whit Merrifield singled, stole second and reached third on a Matt Thaiss throwing error. Bo Bichette doubled to make the score 3-1. The Angels intentionally walked Vlad Guerrero Jr. and then Andrew Velazquez committed a fielding error in George Springer’s at bat to load up the bases for Matt Chapman. The Angels replaced Lucas Giolito with Jose Soriano. Soriano’s third pitch bonked off the glove of Matt Thaiss and somehow Merrifield did not score from third base. Soriano struck out a couple of guys to ensure no further scoring in the sixth.

In the top of the seventh inning, Mike Moustakas reached on a single, Matt Thaiss walked, and Hunter Renfroe also walked. With the bases loaded and no outs, the Blue Jays replaced Kevin Gausman with Erik Swanson. Trey Cabbage struck out. Swanson grooved a two strike fastball and Cabbage merely fouled it off. Eduardo Escobar pinch hit for Andrew Velazquez and also struck out. Luis Rengifo popped out to right to end the Angels half of the seventh. It was still 3-1 Toronto.

Jose Soriano got the first two Blue Jays out in the bottom of the seventh inning and then Whit Merrifield homered to make it 4-1 Toronto. Bo Bichette followed that with a single. Mercifully, Brandon Belt struck out.

Toronto brought in Tim Mayza to replace Erik Swanson. Shohei grounded out. Moniak struck out. Taylor Ward singled to bring up Mike Moustakas who got an infield hit to short. Matt Thaiss struck out looking on three pitches to earn his hat trick and leave the Angels with only three more outs in the game. The Angels brought in Jacob Webb to face Vlad Guerrero Jr. He got three ground outs in a row from the tough part of the Blue Jays order.

Down by three with three outs left, the Angels faced closer Jordan Romano. Hunter Renfroe hit a fly ball out to right. Trey Cabbage singled on a liner to center field. Eduardo Escobar singled to right. Cabbage made it to second base. Luis Rengifo worked a full count and there was an injury delay involving Jordan Romano, who stayed in the game. He then walked Rengifo to load the bases.

Michael Stefanic came in to pinch hit for Shohei Ohtani. That was not the stupidest thing I ever typed, but it’s up there. Something is obviously going on with Shohei. Stefanic struck out for the second out. Mickey Moniak came up to face replacement pitcher Yimi Garcia. He promptly lined out to second to end the game. The Angels dropped this one 4-1 to the Blue Jays.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago

Sam Blum

Phil Nevin on Matt Chapman’s comments: “That’s just team banter. Our guys are all aware of it. However they want to use it, that’s fine.”

Nevin said he knows Chapman as a fellow Fullerton player. The two spoke before the game, and Nevin said he pretended to be mad.

Weak, Phil. I expected better
from you.

Cowboy26
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

If you haven’t figured it out by now What Phillip says to the press and what he says to his players and the umpires are two different things

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yea there’s probably not a more publicly different persona in the bigs than No Phil. Guaranteed he gave the club and expletive laced challenge to respond to Chapman. Fullerton Titan brother or not.

While lying through his teeth telling the media everything is copacetic.

Last edited 8 months ago by HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago

Who cares…throw the ball, hit the ball, catch the ball, is all that matters.

Cowboy26
Legend
8 months ago

Motivation is powerful tool

Twebur
Legend
8 months ago

Unofficial stat according to the interwebs…

If the Angels had some extra fire from “Red Ass Chappy’s” comments last night, it would be the 14,268,221 time in professional sports that has happened.

Eat it Dick Head Chapman
Eat it Canada….go suck on a bag of milk.

FungoAle
Super Member
8 months ago

Exactly. This is just dumb to focus on this when your team is losing.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

Another reason why I love this site. Expanding my vocabulary.

“fine, excellent, going well,” 1919, but it may have origins in 19c. U.S. Southern black speech. Origin unknown; suspects include Latin, Yiddish (Hebrew kol b’seder), Italian, Louisiana French (coupe-sétique), and Native American. Among linguists, none is considered especially convincing. The popularization, and sometimes the invention, of the word often is attributed to U.S. entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson (1878-1949).

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Hahahaa. One of my favorite words. Criminally underused

smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I know. I was being sarcastic. Of course he’s not going to say what he really said to his players.

FungoAle
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

Waaaaay blown out of proportion .

smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago

Mike Wilner
Two interesting conversations happening on the other side of the cage:

Foreground – Perry Minasian, now #Angels GM, formerly in #Bluejays front office, catches up with Luis Rivera & Alex Andreopoulos

Background – Matt Chapman & John Schneider talking to LA skipper Phil Nevin.

https://twitter.com/Wilnerness/status/1685330086482825216/photo/1

smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago

Well, we will see the managerial chops of Ray Montgomery, I guess. I hope the Angels blow out the Jays tonight for two reasons:

1. F Chapman.

2. So we’re spared for impactful managerial decisions in a close game, like pinch-hitting and bullpen usage.

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
8 months ago

https://twitter.com/sarah_isabelvee/status/1685327865301106688?s=46&t=9okrAC405BGuMUJ9RAKfkg

Neto confirms what we thought. He and everyone on the team is “trying to hit a home run every at bat”

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

I don’t remember Nevin touching any umpire last night.
https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1685347308467093505

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Oh he would have if not held back. Thought they were going to come to blows because the blue was chirping back at No Phil

Twebur
Legend
8 months ago

Rendon on the incident

Pushing.wav – Rendon said “We should be more aggressive “I’ve seen more pushing in the Men’s Room!”

Pineapple12
Super Member
8 months ago

Makes sense and am happy to see we are finally using a rehab assignment.

“Brandon Drury said he’s starting a rehab series with SLC this week and hopes to return on Thursday, when the Angels come back to Anaheim.”

https://twitter.com/SamBlum3/status/1685331181716320256?s=19

MarineLayer
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

That would be fantastic!

MarineLayer
Super Member
8 months ago

As a GM, aside from failing with the pitching for the most part, his biggest whiff was not adding a credible shortstop. Neto proved to be a minor miracle but there is absolutely nothing behind him, and now we are paying the price. We should have gone after Amed Rosario instead of letting the Doyers get him for nothing.

Cowboy26
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Neto wasn’t a miracle since I suspect the Angels planned on him debuting this year . You forgot about Gio who got the lionshare of shortstop starts earlier in the year before Neto he was the backup plan . No one thought he’d break his pelvis

BannedInLA
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

And David Fletcher who is who washed.

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Um… Luis Rengifo, hello? Don’t forget about Phil’s favorite toy

BannedInLA
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Luis Rengifo is always available. Never underestimate this major factor.

DowningDude
Legend
8 months ago

[Rubs eyes]
I’ve seen some “thumbs ups” from 5thStarter below!

Welcome back! The mentions of Haren brought you out of your retirement????

hehehehehehe

Pineapple12
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

DD, why you gotta out 5th lol ?

I noticed his likes yesterday during the gamethread but unlike you i didn’t open my big mouth 😂

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Chime is 5th…we need you!!!

Cowboy26
Legend
8 months ago

Forget Cyborg Ohtani or Brito Neto . This is the biggest story of the day: https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/07/bartolo-colon-to-officially-retire-2.html

Twebur
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yet?

Pineapple12
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

we gotta save Neto from himself. Put the kid on the 15 day

nishiogawakun
Super Member
8 months ago

I want back at the jays. Let’s go!!

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

At least, we don’t have to wait till 7 pm west coast time.

Cowboy26
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Especially Chapman

Cowboy26
Legend
8 months ago

Neto is a brittle mess Squid.needs to be thrown back in the lake and Rengifo is a ticking time Bomb. Unless we think Fletch is he answer ( which he hadn’t been for 3 years) Perry needs to fill this void ASAP . Get Anderson from the ChiSox they’re still having a fire sale over there and he’s been a 300 hitter in the past . He could even slide over to second Like he did in the WBC if/when? Neto ever gets healthy . I know he’s had a horrendously down season but he had an OPS around .850 the last 10 games and would solve our problem at lead off once and for all

Pineapple12
Super Member
8 months ago

Good lineup. Shoutout to Ohtani for being a dawg.

Please put Neto on the IL

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MarineLayer
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

With the injuries, there’s never a day to keep both Velasquez and Rengifo out of the starting lineup. We desperately need reinforcements/injured players to become uninjured.

Pineapple12
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Ive been Squid > Fletcher all season, but Squid shouldn’t be allowed back in the starting lineup.

He’s only out there for defense and it’s been shaky. At least Stefanic is a good AB every time.

BannedInLA
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Same here, but Squid is “better” by default as Fletcher is wawawawashed.

Squid is best suited as a late game replacement & pinch base runner.

BannedInLA
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

This is the confirmed lineup for today?

DowningDude
Legend
8 months ago

comment image

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Confirmed by Jeff Fletcher. Someone is wondering if Sho is a cyborg.
https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1685315644764327936

Twebur
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Jeff made a funny….software update😀

Cowboy26
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

How do you know that was a joke?

DowningDude
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

SOURCE?

 😆 

BannedInLA
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I’m assuming that he’s been on continuous IV drips since he was pulled last night.

Ohtani is cognizant of the pivotal nature of these games. Love this dude.

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago

We should be able to get to Manoah before Detmer’s third time through their lineup.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

There you go.

BannedInLA
Super Member
8 months ago

We need to rake & rake early & often.

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago

Use your brain Phil…Ohtani day off.

Pineapple12
Super Member
8 months ago

Wtf, that’s an auto L

Luckily Phil didn’t listen to your advice haha

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

Pineapple12
Super Member
8 months ago

Biggest game up-to-date, Ohtani wasn’t missing it

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

Apparently, it was some sort of software update glitch.  😉 

sadnewfan
Member
8 months ago

He would be in the cage all day anyway might as well bat.

Pineapple12
Super Member
8 months ago

Ump was sickeningly bad yesterday lol

+2.11 runs for TOR and the 3 most impactful missed calls went against us.

Lets get this W today ! Detmers Day babyyyyyy

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MarineLayer
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Crap, this sucks. We’re not good enough to overcome this gross incompetence.

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

“Just Win Baby!!”

DowningDude
Legend
8 months ago

Al Davis in the house!

MarineLayer
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Interesting, because the dude is quite dead.

DowningDude
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Crashing the Gates of Hell.

Twebur
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

He was corpse’y looking at the end.

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Pineapple12
Super Member
8 months ago

“Just get the calls right, blue!”

MarineLayer
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

That’s above anything that guy can do.

DowningDude
Legend
8 months ago

Ohayo!

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Isn’t that the state famous for Rock’n Roll Hall of Fame and Drew Carey?

DowningDude
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

When I joke with my buddy from Yokohama after he says “Ohayo” I answer “Pennsylvania!”

Halo71
Trusted Member
8 months ago

The Angels just played a doubleheader the day before and were facing Toronto’s ace. A win would’ve been a minor miracle.

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Halo71

Yes…a let down was to be expected.

Angels22
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Halo71

The good thing is the Angels actually had a chance to tie it up in the 9th and potentially win in extras. The bad call on Stefanic really screwed up the momentum.

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago

If you expect to win you got to score some runs!!!