Just like this afternoon’s game, there’s really not much good to talk about after game 2 of the day-night doubleheader. Shohei was back in the lineup after completely leaving the afternoon game both as a pitcher and a hitter. Apparently he’s not that injured, just probably physically spent at this point without any adrenaline to keep him going in this lost season. Also, after “Trout Is Back” day, he was out of the lineup for both games today due to “soreness”. But hey, Squid was in the lineup for both games! At least something can bring us joy still!
Anywho, on the pitching side, Reid Detmers hit the bump for this game and was not horrible, not good. He went 5 innings at least, giving up 4 runs. Definitely not the no-hit version today. The damage against him all occurred in the 3rd and 4th innings, first thanks to a Spencer Steer RBI single scoring that guy, De La Cruz. In the 4th inning it was a Tyler Stephenson 2 RBI homer, followed by a Matt McClain RBI single.
Soriano and Lopez pitched a couple of scoreless innings, but Matt Moore was not on today, giving up 3 runs in the 8th to really put the game out of reach. It started with a grounder that scored a runner from 3rd base, but then homeboy McClain hit another homer to give the Reds a 4 run lead that they would not relinquish.
Defensively, Moniak made a nice catch in the second inning.
On the Halo offense side, the biggest positive was Nolan Schanuel continuing to get on base, whether by walks or singles. He got his first big league RBI in the second inning, which gave the Angels an early 1-0 lead, scoring Ohtani.
He ended up 2 for 3 with 2 walks after going 1 for 1 with 3 walks in the first game today. He got on base 8 times today. Hopefully he develops some strength and hits for some power as he matures, because his knack for hitting seems to be the real deal.
Rengifo also had a nice day, driving in the other 2 runs the Angels scored going 3 for 4 earlier in the day.
A few more runners got on base against Alexis Diaz in the 9th, but as has been the case a lot lately, none of it was enough. Angels get swept with a 7-3 loss.
Yes Elly, Shohei is real.