Jose Soriano Finally Flashes Nigh-Unhittable Potential in Tampa Before Free Baseball Ruins Everyone’s Night

Rays 7-6 in 13

I apologize Soriano. Yesterday, I was quick to write off the second start of your big league career, and you showed us all exactly why you were once a lauded prospect in the system.

I’m not gonna argue he was almost flawless by any means. The 25-year old right-hander had extended periods where the zone utterly eluded him as he allowed 5 walks, but the combination of 100+ gas and a very consistently nasty knuckle curve gave Rays hitters fits across his 5 innings of work. His 5th inning would be both his wildest and his most disgusting.

His one hit allowed would result in a run, but the game felt surprisingly in control throughout. Even after Soriano handed the baton to Luis Garcia to start the 6th inning, the bullpen picked up right where he had left off…
And absolutely nothing else happened for the remainder of the game. Carlos Estevez came in to close out, and he absolutely didn’t have a grounder roll up the middle that failed to get converted to the third out of the game by Luis Rengifo, followed by another hit and a 2-run triple to send the game to extra innings and take away the first win as a starter of Jose Soriano’s career. That didn’t happen.

On the offensive side, the Angels didn’t do terribly much outside of the 4th, but Mickey Moniak broke through against a deadly Aaron Civale with his first blast of the year to give the Angels a lead they totally would never relinquish, with Logan O’Hoppe blasting one just 7 pitches later for an important insurance run.

If the game did go to an incredibly frustrating extra innings –and absolutely no one is saying it did–, the Angels would squander opportunity after opportunity to win before throwing the game away. Good thing that didn’t happen, huh?

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willtheangelswin
Member
1 month ago

do the Angels emphasize PFP in spring training?

Pitchers are constantly screwing up key fielding plays.

Thought Wash would fix this…he has not…

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

Pitchers run those drills ad nauseum during ST.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 month ago

…you know that time when you try for 8.5 innings to win, are unsuccessful, then you try for 4 more to lose and you persevere to achieve your goal….

Oh well, burn the page, get a win today.

Go Halos!!

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago

Hopefully the silver lining of this dark close is that the team has a viable starting pitcher in Soriano.

DowningDude
Legend
1 month ago

Serious turd-fest

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Estevez should never be allowed to pitch two days in a row.

Also wtf was up with the substitutions? Hicks hitting for Moniak in the 9th in a game we were winning by two was Nevin level incompetence. Didn’t like Schanuel for Sano either.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Thaiss should’ve PH instead of hicks

JackFrost
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

I personally don’t think it was the two days in a row thing… I mean, it is still very early in the season and he hasn’t pitched that much.

Quite frankly he got really unlucky…he didn’t hurt himself with walks, and he got the first two batters out that he faced, actually pretty easily. Then Harold Ramirez singled on a pitch he had no business even swinging at… the Rays were very fortunate in that 9th. I will however give them credit for their perserverance in extras… they simply wouldn’t die. Really, as the road team in extras you have to bust it open and get a 4 or 5 run lead or it is never safe. One run is usually not enought with the stupid ghost runner rule …

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Ward and trout failed with the bases loaded to break it open. Can’t let that happen from your 2 best hitters.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 month ago

And they both had decent rips at it, too.

Just a big MEH on the whole.

The Pen is cooked. They’re going to call someone up, right? RIGHT?

smithy610
Super Member
1 month ago

Ward’s was a drive to CF where Siri made a great running catch. I honestly don’t think you can hit it better than that. IMO, Ward did his job. And it was at least a sac fly.

It was Trout who failed in that situation, failing to get the ball out of the infield.

steelgolf
Super Member
1 month ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Estevez, and then the Cisneros error was the nail in the coffin. A simple toss to first and he blows it, and the game.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
1 month ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Agree. And they didn’t really need him to pitch the day before. It’s a shame.

WallyChuckChili
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1 month ago

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Eric_in_Portland
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1 month ago

6-4 was nice

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Lol

John Henry Weitzel
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Super Member
1 month ago

I hate the Manfred runner so much

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Simba
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1 month ago

I’d rather have a tie.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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James
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1 month ago

Very painful to watch

Angelz4ever
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1 month ago
Reply to  James

Indeed

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