Angels Sweep Marlins

Sandy was back out there. This time against a much weaker offense. That helped his confidence a ton, as he went 5 and 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 7 and walking 2.

Statcast is fun
7K!

What also helped was the Angels bats giving him a good cushion. And it wasn’t just 1 guy either, as both runs and RBI were distributed pretty evenly, with even Jo Adell getting in on the action.

And with most of the bullpen available, it was a refreshingly easy win. However, Rengifo had to leave with lightheadedness and Nolan came in, which meant this was a game he was in, and with less time, he had little wiggle room to keep his on base streak alive.

Highlighted Recap

Angels scored early with Ward having his 5th straight game with an RBI.

1-0 Angels

Then Drury drove in Trout soon after.

2-0 Angels

When Drury was up again in the 3rd, he got 2 more to score, thanks to an error though.

4-0 Angels

Marlins crawled back though with a run in their bottom of the 3rd.

4-1 Angels

Make that 2.

4-2 Angels

Logan was able to get that lead back up to 3 in the 5th.

5-2 Angels

Then Jo Adell got in on the action with a sac fly right after.

6-2 Angels

That was all that the Angels pitching needed. But they scored more anyway.

Neto doubled with the bases loaded in the 7th.

8-2 Angels

Nolan then hit a long Sac fly. That isn’t getting on base. Uh oh.

9-2 Angels

He will need another chance to extend the streak. Luckily, Ward helped by hitting a Home Run.

10-2 Angels

And thanks to that, Nolan had a chance, to get HBP. THE STREAK LIVES!

IT’S A LIVE!

And to top it all off, Guillermo Zuñiga got his first MLB save thanks to 3 innings of work.

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Angels will play at home on Friday for Opening Day, Anaheim edition. They come home with a 4-2 record and in first place in the AL West. Oh it is vs Boston. So, be prepared for typical Bawston fans ruining everything.

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BannedInLA
Super Member
10 days ago

I love every part of this quote from Wash (on Sandoval)

“He was outstanding. He came out, he pounded the strike zone, he used all of his pitches, and he was very, very efficient early in the game. And then they started making him work a little bit, but he didn’t lose his desire. And that was very important.”

That bit about desire is perfect It’s a also a classy way of making an important critique re: Sandoval.

Link: https://www.mlb.com/angels/news/sandoval-rebounds-as-angels-sweep-marlins

FungoAle
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

“I felt a lot better about that [start],” Sandoval said. “Put the ball in the zone and good things happen. … Fastball was in the zone more often than not, so usually that’s a good sign.”

Sounds like a guy who admits he struggles with command.

DowningDude
Legend
10 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Sounds a lot like “just throw strikes”

Mia
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Mia
10 days ago

Shohei hit his first moonshot as a Dodger.

BannedInLA
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Mia

His homers just sound different.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  BannedInLA

And he always smells of sandlewood

Angelz4ever
Super Member
9 days ago

You betcha!

Cowboy26
Legend
10 days ago

With week one almost in the books, Here’s an update on the Ren Suckfest Leader Board:

Anthony Rendon 0 for 19 1 R 5 Ks 1 BB (.050 OPS)
Hunter Renfroe 1 for 19 0 R 6 Ks 0 BB (.106 OPS)

This could be an incredible match to the death or the DFA which ever comes first.

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Renfroe over Adell will never not upset me

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Pineapple12

soft

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
10 days ago

I didn’t expect to root against Ohtani but here I am, doing that. I’m enjoying the OPS numbers for the top 6 Dodgers…well, I mean I’d like them all lower, but I mean relative to each other.

Betts 1.776 (!)
Freeman 1.081
Hernandez .971
Smith .938
Muncy .800
Ohtani .613

BannedInLA
Super Member
10 days ago

Betts defies logic. Dude can RAKE.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
10 days ago

Shohei will get hot but it sort of underscores how insane that contract is that his first week there he’s kind of invisible as all baseball players are for stretches.

I love the guy but still feel like him on that team is gluttonous. They don’t even need him, hes just another infinity stone.

FungoAle
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Agree, WS favorite w/o him now that they cleaned up their pitching. His impact will not be felt as it would on other teams. Like Kevin Durant signing on with the Warriors.

smithy610
Super Member
10 days ago

He can be their Pujols – LAA Version

HaloLew
Trusted Member
10 days ago

I’m with you. I secretly wish that he second-guesses leaving our Halos if he can’t replicate his numbers with the Doyers.

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago

Well Mr. Ohtani just cranked his 1st 💣 for the other LA team lol

Cowboy26
Legend
10 days ago

Who?

BannedInLA
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Mike Jones

red floyd
Legend
10 days ago

Ok. How the hell are we on top of the west?

steelgolf
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

Early in the season? Kismet? Unforeseen circumstances? Whichever, I’m just going to enjoy it.

Mia
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Mia
10 days ago
Reply to  red floyd

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WallyChuckChili
Legend
10 days ago
Reply to  Mia

I miss Noe Ramirez…

DowningDude
Legend
10 days ago

no-way.

steelgolf
Super Member
10 days ago

😆 Interwebz won. I now wonder where he is today? I worked with a guy by the same name.

FungoAle
Super Member
10 days ago

Driving home from work, decided to flip on 830AM and heard ol’ Rodger Lodge talking about the story when Trey Turner received a standing O by the Philly Faithful while he was in the midst of a horrible swoon and how that help turn his season around. Well, he is starting a grassroots movement to get the fans to give Anthony Rendon a standing ovation Friday night to help propel him out of his 0-19 slump. Rodger is counting on you all.

steelgolf
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

🤣

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
10 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Do we give him a plastic participation trophy too after the game? Then for dessert orange slices and a caprisun?

HaloLew
Trusted Member
10 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Seriously? I don’t know if he truly loves the Halos that much or is just kissing ass to keep a job.

DowningDude
Legend
10 days ago
Reply to  HaloLew

Roger was serious. Fungo was NOT serious in his support of the Lodger.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
10 days ago

I’m comparing how I feel with this day off coming to how I felt after the first game and then the day off. I like this better.

2GA2Join
Super Member
10 days ago

Arte called Perry into his office today, held up $66MM, and said “See!”

2GA2Join
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

… “Now we can blow it on a huge pizza party at my place! We’ll even invite Blum.”

RexFregosi
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Sammy hasn’t posted an article since the 0-2 start. He’s befuddled without anything negative since Easter but I’m convinced he’ll shit on the franchise on opening day in Anaheim

Cowboy26
Legend
10 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

He made big deal about the Angels not starting the spring training renovations now that spring is over insinuating the Cheap Arte would never start them. . Well no word from Sam the Hat but Jeff the Fletch reported this 2 days ago (I apologize if some one has else already posted this):

Construction has begun on the renovations to the Angels spring training facility in Tempe, Ariz., General Mmanager Perry Minasian said on Tuesday. The plans called for renovations to the practice facility and clubhouse during this phase. A high tech pitching lab remains a part of the plan, Minasian said. Construction is expected to be completed in time for spring training 2025. The next phase, which would include renovations of Tempe Diablo Stadium, is planned to begin after spring training next year.

Last edited 10 days ago by Cowboy26
steelgolf
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

So this was put into action a minimum of 10 months ago.

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

He’s a not a beat reporter. We should be getting daily articles on the Angels from him. Idk if it’s his decision or his editor’s at The Athletic, but he does a poor job covering the team.

Long-form stories are good, but we need daily updates on what’s happening. Fletcher is essential and gets the job imo.

Last edited 10 days ago by Pineapple12
clover_black
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Fletcher isn’t that great.

All he does is shill his ohtani book and his access to players is non existent. Does he even travel with the team?

David Vassegh w/ the dodgers is the gold standard… love that guys reporting

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  clover_black

Comparing Fletcher to Blum, at least we get daily quotes from Wash and the players + injury updates from Fletch.

Blum pumps out 1 article a week, if that.

Mia
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Mia
10 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

If Arte can hold up 66 million in cash he should put a uniform on and start mashing some Dingerz. lol.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
10 days ago

I guess getting the lead-off guy on is a good thing.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
10 days ago

I guess him leading off the Game with a double is something better.

BannedInLA
Super Member
10 days ago

Red Sox are coming in at 5-2 and appear to be pitching very well thus far.

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Very exciting series. Time to test our mettle

Cowboy26
Legend
10 days ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Oh yea? Well we have a 4-2 record with Rendon at leadoff for most of those games so Scoreboard Chowdheads.

Jimmuscomp
Trusted Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Ha!

BannedInLA
Super Member
10 days ago

Now let’s take it to the Baaahsten and their incredibly annoying fans.

...Rev Halofan
Editor
Trusted Member
10 days ago

Appreciate the emphasis on the Schanuel steak JHW, we’ve got something special here.

Mia
Legend
Mia
10 days ago
Reply to  ...Rev Halofan

The hardest stuff to teach is already there. Wash will polish up his defense and the power will come with age.

Exciting kid.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 days ago
Reply to  Mia

In opposed to our last 3 managers who couldn’t even polish a  💩 

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
10 days ago

I kind of expected a 2-1 series win. Miami obviously isn’t playing good baseball right now but to get the sweep instead of settling for a series win is a good thing.

Mia
Legend
Mia
10 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

It’s awesome just for the energy they get to carry into the home opener now.

BannedInLA
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Ditto for O’Hoppe and Neto.

Even Adell is showing signs of life.

FungoAle
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Really interested to see how this bullpen shakes out. Against the O’s and Fish, we have two different grades.

JackFrost
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Agree. In past seasons today was the kind of game the Angels would have lost…

smithy610
Super Member
10 days ago

Wash is saying all the right things so far:

It’s been four games since Washington sat the team down and told them to take a breath. In those four games, the Angels outscored their opponents 24-8 while out-hitting them 32-21.

“It seemed like the world was ending around us, apparently,” Sandoval said of the Angels’ 0-2 start to the season. “But no, we got the guys here that are going to fight, and we showed it. We’re a really good team.”

Washington refused to take any credit for hyping up — or, really, calming down — his team.

“That chat was a necessary thing,” Washington said. “[But] I don’t have to go between the lines, they do. So I think all the praise — if there’s any praise about our 4-2 record — it goes to the players, it certainly don’t go to me.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
10 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

I wonder if the doom and gloom feeling in the locker room was carrying over from the last couple of years, especially last year.

smithy610
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

It certainly didn’t help. I imagine it’s not good for anyone’s morale when practically everyone outside the Angels org have a live countdown clock for when Ohtani finally fulfills his destiny and go to the Dodgers.

Every single injury, every single loss, every ugly play on the field, every K, getting magnified as “see, this is why Ohtani can’t go to the playoffs. He’s playing with a bunch of losers. The baseball world would be much better if he’s with the Dodgers.”

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

Certainly feels that way. Ohtani became bigger than the team and its never good for morale (in any walk of life) when 1 person grows to be bigger than the sum of all.

We needed him gone, and he needed to leave. Once the emotional aspect weathered away, it’s clear that this split was good for everyone involved.

clover_black
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

now ohtani is Just A Guy hitting behind mookie and in front of freeman.

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  clover_black

When Sho gets going, and he will, idk how you stop their lineup lol

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Pineapple12

Vizine in their water bottles.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Well it sure as hell carried over on this site

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I wonder if it was bad fan ju ju poisoning the good baseball medicine of the players who generally enjoy playing baseball but never seem to for the herd of sad donkey Angel’s fans.

But Washington put on The Sand Lot, made rootbeer floats for everyone, and told em to relax and have themselves some BASEBALL.

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

He’s a real manager. Not exactly sure why no other team picked him up in the last several years, but who cares! We lucked out.

I feel very very very strongly that, with good health, this is a 85+ win team.

FungoAle
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Phil Nevin wants to talk with you

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Nevin can suck my —

Not only was he a shitty manager, the man was duller than a box of nothing. No personality or aura to speak of.

FungoAle
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

LOL…Just poking fun. I’m onboard with Washington, much better than the last two for certain. If he gets us a championship, better than the last twenty-two.

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Oh, I know haha. Nevin just sucked that much. Like, if you are gonna be a shitty manager, at least be charismatic and funny, ala Mohawk Joe.

Last edited 10 days ago by Pineapple12
JackFrost
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

And he had ZERO feel for the game…

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  JackFrost

Ahhhh yes. The old measuring a man’s feel. Running your hands up and down the invisible to get a sense of the size of the intangible. Is it Friday night already?

JackFrost
Super Member
10 days ago

So, you are saying he DID have a feel for the game as manager????

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  JackFrost

Am I? Or am I just saying you’re full of shit?

JackFrost
Super Member
10 days ago

Lol. You still didn’t answer the question.

Last edited 10 days ago by JackFrost
Mia
Legend
Mia
10 days ago

Anyone else hear Careless Whisper?

BannedInLA
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Mia

I don’t know, but that whole post felt vulgar even though he uttered no vulgarities

Mia
Legend
Mia
10 days ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Gitcho skirts that line well.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  BannedInLA

You would have loved the grit pump era then. when dozens of old men on Halos Heaven were enjoying being half stiff with rage over the lack of grit and urgency from Sosh and how it oozed out onto the players…. followed by lots of bluster about grit and caring and yelling and shit.

It was like 2 whole seasons of two CTPG Guys in a couple outdoor bathtubs watching the sun go down together… flexing.

Last edited 10 days ago by gitchogritchoffmypettis
BannedInLA
Super Member
9 days ago

“Half stiff with rage” LMFAO

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Mia

Total CW moment…. mournful sax galore.

JackFrost
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

😂

steelgolf
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Why no other team picked him up? Uhhh, left his team during the season, cocaine and hookers issue? , etc., etc.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

But who knew the statute of limitations for these indiscretions was 10 years ?

Pineapple12
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Listen, we all have vices 😅😂😂

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  steelgolf

Come on. who doesn’t love hookers and cocaine?

VladimirTrout27
Trusted Member
10 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

the little things that Wash does is a huge change for this team the gets in its own way. I like what I’m seeing and hope the culture improves. Crazy to think what could’ve happened with a more productive off-season.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Awwww…. you almost made a happy comment. Almost.

JackFrost
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

While I do think the strong recovery from the the thumping the Orioles gave us the first two games is a good thing, as steelgolf has noted the Marlins are not a good team.

The real test will be when we play the teams in our division; Texas and Seattle etc…

You have to play well against your own division If you hope to do anything..:

Last edited 10 days ago by JackFrost
Jimmuscomp
Trusted Member
10 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

They aren’t gonna do anything. Make no mistake – but they might not be historically bad as they seemed to be the first two games of the season.

Last edited 10 days ago by Jimmuscomp
Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  smithy610

Servant leadership

Angelz4ever
Super Member
10 days ago

Huzzah to Schanuel talking the HBP to keep the streak alive.

He even got a badge of courage for free.

Fansince1971
Legend
10 days ago

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Shuffle Sweep!!

Fansince1971
Legend
10 days ago

Early games killing me

max
Trusted Member
max
10 days ago

Fox and Friends???

Angels2020Champs
Legend
10 days ago

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Jim Atkins
Super Member
10 days ago

Nice game. I may be getting a little bit of a Halo Vibe going. Be still, my fluttering undergarments!

2GA2Join
Super Member
10 days ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

Lay off the chili dogs and beans.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
10 days ago

We scored 10. Do we get free wings?

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