Angels Phight Back vs. Phillies. Phalter Late.

Philadelphia is a great fight town. Rocky was based there for that reason. And much like Rocky, the Angels showed heart and determination but were ultimately beaten by a more talented foe.

On Tuesday the Angels fought back against a really good Phillies team. And against the narrative their season ended via an early knockout in the form of an injury to Mike Trout. They even entered the final frame with a lead. But they came up a bit short.

Nick Castellanos landed the first haymaker, a three run homer in the top of the second. The Angels were on the canvas but got up and kept swinging.

Zach Neto landed the first clean shot for the Halos; a solo home run to cut the deficit to 3-1.

A well placed shot at the beginning of a round…err inning is always a great thing. Two baserunners later, the Angels had Philly starter Spencer Turnbull on the ropes when Luis Rengifo landed a crushing blow.

The lead was extended when Vanessa Hudgens husband (yes, that dorky Tucker dude is married to Vanessa Hudgens) doubled and Mickey Moniak made his old team pay for trading him.

Up 5-3 the Angels just needed to hold on until the final bell. But the Phightin’ Phillies weren’t done. A rally in the 8th against Matt Moore cut the lead to 5-4 with the tying run on second base. Carlos Esteves took over and closed the door.

Esteves was pitching for the second consecutive day. He was good for two outs but with one out in the top of the 9th, Nick Castellanos sent another ball to the seats. All tied up at 5. The next hitter bounced a ground rule double down the left field line. The Angels were teetering all over the place, one more shot from certain loss.

The knockout blow came in the form of a 2 run shot by Josh Rojas in the very next at bat. Down 7-5, it was finally time to pull Esteves. Newly recalled Amir Garret put a couple of runners on but escaped without further damage.

But the damage was done.

They fought. They went the distance. And they took a loss.

Now to hear the greatest theme song in cinematic history and fire up the original Rocky for the millionth time.

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red floyd
Legend
17 days ago

Two words. Butter. Cup.

DowningDude
Legend
17 days ago

Phukin’-A man. That wasn’t very Phun

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

Perry – lovin’ the remodeling job you did on the bullpen. Magnificent!

BannedInLA
Super Member
17 days ago

I like the boxing angle. Fun read.

Speaking of fun, at least tonight had fun moments.

Looking forward to seeing these guys get the opportunity to start all season. O’Hoppe, Adell & Neto are flashing enough positives to remain excited about their future. Neto hit a big boy oppo homer.

Hopefully Moniak can crank it up.

I think Schanny needs to be sent down. As someone else mentioned, they’re wasting his service time. Let him grow in Salt Lake.

And Luis Rengifo is probably our most reliable hitter. Somehow he’s only 27.

Last edited 17 days ago by BannedInLA
Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  BannedInLA

“Play the kids” means they stay in the lineup regardless. Schanuel is currently overmatched, but in my opinion he needs to make adjustments here. We’re not playing for wins. To paraphrase someone here: unless the player gets us to the playoffs, leave things alone.

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
17 days ago

As soon as we brought Estevez in for a 4-out save after pitching last night I looked at my wife and said “We just lost the game”

At least I know when to brace for the pain

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Estevez is overrated as a closer. BFD that he can heave the ball in the upper 90’s. Hitters send his offerings back at higher speeds. He’s perfect for a non-contending team.

steelgolf
Super Member
17 days ago

He is definitely not a closer.

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago

At least we were competitive for 8 innings against a good team….better than most nights.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Was hoping we would take this one cuz Wheeler vs Sandoval is reminiscent of the opening day pitching mismatch

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Not even midnight, the night before, and Sandy’s already lost.
Wont get out of the 4th against this team.
And the bullpen is spent.
Suarez 3 innings of work tomorrow. With a day game, he’ll be lucky to give up less than 5.

Auto Loss.

I’m betting $50,000,000 of my Eppei Bucks on the Fight’ens tomorrow

Last edited 17 days ago by Twebur
Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Twebur

Make sure Mr. O approves without actually approving.

Mia
Legend
Mia
17 days ago

This team really does nothing but bring us pain.

To lose like that late after the Trout news just really twists the knife.

It just really sucks to be a fan of this team.

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Mia

It’s awful rooting for this team. My 7 year old is just getting that fired up love for the game and the squad too so I’m trying to keep
My negativity as hidden as possible from him … and also not try to convince him like most of his buddies to just be a Doyer fan.

Mia
Legend
Mia
17 days ago

Let him become a Dodger fan and share that with his buddies. You won’t find three better role models than Mookie, Freddie, and Shohei.

clover_black
Super Member
17 days ago

arte should put this franchise back on Facebook marketplace and see what the bids are now

HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Estevez for a 4 out save was never going to work. He’s not him in that way. He’s a middle leverage guy on most rosters. Yet here we are treating him as Mariano. Sad but indicative of just how poorly this team is constructed overall.

aces666high
Trusted Member
17 days ago

I’m really shocked our bad closer lost the game for us.

John Henry Weitzel
Editor
Super Member
17 days ago

I just told my dad I trusted Estavez right before he came in.

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Mia
Legend
Mia
17 days ago

Wayne was talking about him pitching on b2b nights and jinxed the whole thing.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
17 days ago

3 for 4 with a 2run HR.
We are wasting…

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

We are wasting Wash’s motivational meeting scripts.

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago

The bullpen being this awful is an indictment on Perry.

I understand it’s an arduous task being GM under Arte, but I’m totally on-board with ditching Perry. His inability to hit on the margins is impressive.

Estevez ruined a great game. Just like he ruined last season. Disappointing and deflating loss.

FungoAle
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Moore should have been left in to lose it

BannedInLA
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Valid point.

steelgolf
Super Member
17 days ago

Estevez is not a closer, and he should not be allowed any coffee.

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

ABC….Always. Be. Capitulating.

JackFrost
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  steelgolf

 😄 

Last edited 17 days ago by JackFrost
Angelstan
Trusted Member
17 days ago

The bullpen is about the same as it has been. Stephenson was the big add. He’s gone for 16 months and may never be the same.

The others are just guys and Estevez cannot pitch two days in a row. I’m unsure why Ron went to Garcia in the seventh. That was the move that made it so Estevez had to be used.

James
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Mills Lane was a great referee. Angels aren’t a great team

James
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Agreed 💯 and he was a legend. 👍🏻

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago

Game for the Blowpen, I think we need to bring Hicks back to pitch.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
17 days ago

back to a 103 loss pace

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago

We are on a good pace, hope it cost Arte money, lot’s of it.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago

Quickdraw

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