Today we saw Patrick Sandoval bring his changeup up against Logan Webb and the San Francisco Giants. Behold! The starting lineups.
Sandoval got through the first inning without giving up a run. He did give up a double, but it was all for naught. I guess Thairo Estrada is just a double-naught spy.
Anyway … Shohei Ohtani got a one out single and then with two outs stole second while Moustakas was at bat.
Unfortunately, Moustakas hit a 4-1 ground out to end the inning.
The second inning brought the Angels first double play. It might have come a batter earlier, but Rengifo was doing Rengifo things at short.
The third inning brought three strikeouts in a row by Patrick Sandoval. Luis Rengifo hit a bloop single to center with one out and Randal Grichuk on first. Shohei Ohtani came up with two men on and one out. He grounded out to first, but at least he advanced the runners. Brandon Drury got an eight pitch strikeout to end the third.
Mickey Moniak made outfield catches on both A.J. Pollock and J.D. Davis but Wilmer
Flores doubled in between. Patrick Bailey singled to score Flores. 1-0 Giants. Michael Conforto struck out to end the Giants half of the fourth.
Moustakas, Cron, and Moniak all struck out. Grumble, grumble.
The Angels got through the Giants fifth inning without removing Sandoval and without giving up any more runs. Sandoval got three outs in a row, in fact. Hunter Renfroe then doubled to put a man on second and no outs. Matt Thaiss used a lot of pitches but managed only a fly out. Randal Grichuk grounded out to third. Luis Rengifo also grounded out, although it was to second base this time.
Shohei Ohtani came up in the bottom of the sixth and doubled to lead things off.
Drury grounded out and Moustakas struck out. C.J. Cron singled to score Ohtani. 1-1 tie.
Mickey Moniak singled to center to score C.J Cron. 2-1 Angels. That chased Logan Webb, who was replaced by Tristan Beck.
Onward! It was 2-1 Angels. Hunter Renfroe struck out bringing up J.D. Davis who homered to make it 2-2. A two out throwing error by Moustakas put a man on base and ended the night for Patrick Sandoval. Matt Moore came in to pitch. Mark Mathias struck out to end the Giants half of the seventh inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Matt Thaiss flied out to left. Randal Grichuk tripled to right. Luis Rengifo then singled to score Grichuk from third. 3-2 Angels.
Shohei Ohtani flied out sharply to right. Then Brandon Drury hit a fly ball out to center.
For the eighth inning, Jose Soriano came in to pitch for Matt Moore. Pinch hitter Lamont Wade Jr. came in and grounded out to second. Thairo Estrada struck out. Joc Pederson came in to pinch hit for A.J. Pollock and hit a fly ball out to center. Mickey Moniak robbed him. I wonder where 2002Heaven is with his orgasmatron.
Mike Moustakas came in for the bottom of the eighth inning and struck out. C.J. Cron grounded out then Mickey Moniak struck out. The Giant had three outs to make one run.
Carlos Estevez came in to replace Soriano on the mound. Wilmer Flores singled. J.D. Davis walked. Pinch runner Blake Sabol replaced Wilmer Flores. Hell fire! Patrick Bailey doubled to make it 4-3 Giants with no outs and a man in scoring position. Estevez intentionally walked Michael Conforto. Luis Matos moved Patrick Bailey to third with a sacrifice bunt. Mark Mathias singled to score Bailey and Michael Conforto. 6-3 Giants.
We’ve heard this song before, folks. Aaron Loup came in to replace Carlos Estevez. It can’t be over until Loup gives up a couple of runs. LaMonte Wade Jr. hit a single to keep the rally going. Thairo Estrada singled to drive in Mark Mathias and send Wade to second. 7-3 Giants. Joc Pederson struck out on three pitches. Blake Sabol singled to score LaMonte Wade Jr. 8-3 Giants. J.D. Davis struck out swing on three pitches.
Now the Angels had three outs to make at least five runs. No problem! We’ll just be sending up the bottom of our order. Camilo Doval came in to pitch for the Giants. Hunter Renfroe proceeded to strike out. Matt Thaiss also struck out. Randal Grichuk struck out for the trifecta. Game over. Giants win 8-3.
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