Angels Win Game And Series With 4-1 Win on Latest Shohei Day

The latest Shohei Day was a hopeful series win, the first in quite awhile. The Giants had another opener pitching in Ryan Walker, who pitched a shutout first inning before giving way to Sean Manaea.

Scoring began with longtime Giant Brandon Crawford giving a ticket home to Michael Conforto by way of a sac fly. 1-0 Giants.

Ohtani didn’t seem to have his best stuff and looked to be struggling with his command at times, but he toughed his way through 6 innings, allowing 3 hits and only 1 unearned run. He only struck out 5, but it was good enough, especially after what transpired in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Luis Rengifo continued his solid work in the leadoff spot when he began the inning with a ground-rule double to centerfield. Tristan Beck replaced Manaea and immediately gave Ohtani an intentional walk to face Brandon Drury, who made SF pay with an RBI single to drive Rengifo home. We’re all tied, 1-1.

Then Mike Moustakas continued his productive leadership role with an awesomely clutch 3-run homer, and we’re leading 4-1!

Jose Soriano was Shohei’s replacement on the mound in the 7th and got himself into a jam, but managed to get out of it. Whew!!!

After the Angels did nothing in the 7th inning, Matt Moore pitched a scoreless 8th inning, followed by a scoreless bottom of the 8th for the Angels.

Carlos Estevez was back in as the closer in the 9th and successfully got the small monkey off his back and saved the game! 2-game winning streak! Series win! What???!!!!

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DowningDude
Legend
8 months ago

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Pain and suffering sells much better than happiness and 🌈

Fansince1971
Legend
8 months ago

One more win and the shit robot turns into the shuffle robot!

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

Sho Q&A:

Q: You did not look happy with your pitching when you finished the 6th inning.

A: I was not satisfied at all of my pitching throughout the game.

Q: It looked like you were slipping on the mound in the 6th.

A: Nevin wanted to check how I was doing. That worked as a breather for me.

Q: Your teammates helped you with their bats, and your team won the series.

A: After I got IBB’d, there was pressure on my teammates who followed me. Felt really good that they were able to come through with important runs. The fact that we were able to string two wins gave us huge momentum into our away games. We will use this momentum to try to win the next series.

Q: The Giants were one of the teams who were negotiating for your service in 2017. Did you have any special feelings about them? Were there any Giant player who personally recruited you?

A: That is something which has occurred in the past, and I do not discuss that. I would rather focus on what is in front of us from Friday.

Q: It is MLB historical first for a player to have 10 wins and hit 40 homeruns in the same season.

A: As far as wins as pitcher are concerned, I would not have accomplished them without my teammates contributions. I will continue to do my best to accumulate on those numbers.

Q: How do you feel about the chance of the Angels reaching the playoffs?

A: I am aware it is not that high, but as long as there is a possibility, we will never give up. We will play one game at a time and try to string some wins.

Q: How about off day(s) for you?

A: I think that everyone is at the peak of exhaustion after 17 games in 17 days. I wonder how I will feel after an off day tomorrow. If not playing in a game is necessary, then I consider that as essential part of my job as professional baseball player.

Q: You have attained your 10th win.

A: Somehow I was able to last for 6 innings. I was not happy with the way I pitched today, but I will take it since my team won.

Q: You have won 2 digit times two years in a row.

A: Pitchers often win in games where they pitch poorly but position players help with their bats. So, I don’t think the number of win is a true barometer of how effective a pitcher is. I will continue to search for consistency in pitching.

Q: Was there a problem with PitchCom?

A: No, it was not broken. There are times that I rely on my catcher and other times where I dictate how I pitch. We constantly communicate at a distance of 60 feet and 6 inches.

Q: In the 8th inning with a walk, you tagged with Drury’s fly ball to RF and advanced to 2nd base.

A: I always try to advance by reading the distance the ball traveled and how my legs were feeling at the time.

Q: In national summer Koshien tournament, your alma mater, Hanamaki East high school has won the first round match for the first time in 8 years. You are aware that the head coach’s son Rintaro Sasaki is one of the important players of the team.

A: I hope that Rintaro would do his best for Hanamaki East. It is his last year (Rintaro is a senior), and it is an honor to be able to play baseball in Koshien. Not just my alma mater, I also would like to give my kudo to all the players in the tournament.

GrandpaBaseball
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8 months ago

great streak actually of 2 wins, now just to win out the month. 😊 

WallyChuckChili
Legend
8 months ago

2 in row is not a winning streak.

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smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago

Could have been a sweep if Estevez didn’t implode. But whatever. I’ll take a series win over a team with a much better record than the Angels

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

this was big for his confidence. It might even have been better because he got out of trouble.

steelgolf
Super Member
8 months ago

Well, silver lining is let the injured players heal longer for next year.

tommyshalo
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8 months ago

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Shohei Now
Trusted Member
8 months ago

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John Henry Weitzel
Editor
Super Member
8 months ago

Back to .500 again. And all it needed was facing the giants after blowing game 1!

In 2002 the Angels also lost game 1 but won games 2 and 3. Interesting

smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago

I’m glad they were much more successful with the two bullpen games this time. That Dodger bullpen game gave me nightmares

DowningDude
Legend
8 months ago

PLAYOFFFFFFFSSSSSS

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

At this pace we’d finish 104-58

max
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max
8 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

 😎 

WallyChuckChili
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8 months ago

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LanaBanana
Super Member
8 months ago

The halo is lit up every night, win or lose. I hate that.

tanana40
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  LanaBanana

Lighting the halo after a win (rather on the road or at home) is one of the coolest traditions in sports. I cannot believe that the Angels are not honoring this tradition that goes back to Gene Autrey.

tanana40
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

“whether’ on the road or at home”

Angels22
Trusted Member
8 months ago

Angels are good again!