Angels hit with RISP, win series vs Rangers

Sunday May 19th, 2024, the campaign into the heart of Texas has been somewhat fruitful. However, a lot is riding on the upcoming battle, and supplies are limited. With the fighting going deep into the night last night, I fear that this leaves me no choice but to trust Soriano to go as long as he can. He is young, and if we were in a stronger position, he would not even be here, alas, we have to make due with what we have.

Huh, I guess treating sports as war can be kinda cool after all. But lets not kid ourselves, the biggest thing these things have in common is that injuries are inevitable and luck can turn in an instant. So what did Jose Soriano do today? Well, he went 7 and 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits, striking out 5 and walking 2. That was amazing, but, would it be enough in this dangerous ballpark?

Funny enough, he went up against Lorenzen, someone who was on the Angels before, and someone who signed cheap late who could be used in the rotation right now. Hell, he would likely be taking Soriano’s spot if Perry the GM signed him instead. Makes you think.

That fact that Soriano outlasted him is more to do with efficency than ability as Lorenzen reached a pitch count and was pulled. In the old days, these two would have both gone 9 with the way they were dealing.

Highlighted Recap

After a long pitcher’s duel last night, the Angels and Rangers figured to have another one apparently. That is until the 4th, when young Soriano blinked first.

1-0 Rangers

Lorenzen cruised until the 7th, when he was pulled with 2 on and 1 out. That was a mistake as the bullpen ruined everything. First, a bloop by M-I-C-K-E-Y

TIED GAME

And then a Pillar single scored 2 more.

3-1 Angels

Oh and then Rengifo tripled. Because he’s awesome like that.

4-1 Angels

Soriano went deep, and the bullpen got the final 4 outs as the Angels won their first series vs an AL West team!

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The Angels go south to Houston next. Something I do not like at all. Worse, they have been winning as of late, which does not bode well for the Angels. Stupid schedule ruined a chance to face the worst Astros team in a decade. Whatever cheap AI Manfred used is biased and bad and I hate it.

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Omahalo22
Member
24 days ago

Never thought a series win vs. last year’s WS champion would feel so empty. Gotta hang your hat on something. Kudos I guess?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
25 days ago

Dang missed all the fun. but glad for Soriano going almost 8. After leaving 18 LOB yesterday, it was our boys time to come through and good for them. Renny with a triple is cool, Pillar looking like Trout in 2012-well almost. Go Angels!

JackFrost
Super Member
24 days ago

And to think that back in April after Soriano had that dud of an outing people were ready to kick him to the curb…. people said he was overrated, sucked, all of that etc. And I said that I would not jump on that bandwagon of negativity. I said his stuff was electric and he just needed to learn the mental part of pitching. Slowly but surely he appears to be doing that …

I just hope this kid can stay healthy (fingers crossed) and continues to progress. He could be a real keeper. I suspect he will be.

2GA2Join
Super Member
25 days ago

Outstanding performance by our young starter deserves a bonus GIF!

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2GA2Join
Super Member
25 days ago

Series win!

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DowningDude
Legend
25 days ago

Go team! Woo hoo

smithy610
Super Member
25 days ago

MVPillar’s tie-breaking 2-RBI single was the 1000th hit of his career.

Kevin Pillar
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#1000 hits in the MLB. Grateful, humbled, emotional and insanely proud of this accomplishment

I admit I have a soft spot for guys like him who are at the tail-end of their career, and making the most out of it.

DowningDude
Legend
25 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

So cool!

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
25 days ago

Playing the AL west teams over the next two months will really help with painting the picture of where we are. If we can string togeher some series wins and keep the youth playing everyday, I think we can start to see a better future on the horizon.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
25 days ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Let’s sweep the Astros and go ahead and win this half-assed division. Who needs a wild card?

Halo71
Trusted Member
25 days ago

Girlfriend and I were at today’s game. Suarez looked fantastic and it was great seeing the Angels hit with RISP.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
25 days ago
Reply to  Halo71

I don’t recall Suarez pitching. Was it his outfit?

Halo71
Trusted Member
25 days ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Oops, Soriano

Cowboy26
Legend
25 days ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Of course He looked fantastic sitting on his fat ass down there in the bullpen.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
25 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He does look like a MLB pitcher when he is not on the mound – right uniform and everything.

DowningDude
Legend
25 days ago
Reply to  Halo71

Way to rep! Good work!

Angelz4ever
Super Member
25 days ago

IDK, but when the dust settles (I know small sample size) we should retain Pillar for next year, if available on the cheap.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
25 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

The club will see how the year plays out. Remember Captain Jack Mayfield a couple years back? There have been others too. Guys get hot for a bit.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
25 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

It is nice to have vet presence on the bench. Moose played that role well too.

That said, 5 OF is too much (see Hicks), so I hope moving forward there isn’t really a place for a guy like Pillar.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
25 days ago

Nice, nice, nice , nice , nice.

Good to see a series win against the Rangers.

Hella good pitching four games in a row.

Go Halos!

smithy610
Super Member
25 days ago

To be fair though, this series win wasn’t entirely just lucky. The starting pitching this series was top-notch.

I guess the new strategy of pitchers facing themselves is quite working.

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Cowboy26
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25 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

So was our defense

smithy610
Super Member
25 days ago

Is this the first series win against a team with a winning record?!

Pigs do fly indeed!

Angelz4ever
Super Member
25 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

Quite high it seems.

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
25 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

Texas is .500 now so does it still count?

Cowboy26
Legend
25 days ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Only because we beat their ass Mr Biggiswirth . Of course it counts

DowningDude
Legend
25 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

Nothing quite like airborne swine!

Spird442
Member
25 days ago

Jose Soriano has the best smile in baseball. As bad as this has all gone this season- the rotation definitely has potential that is starting to show.

Cowboy26
Legend
25 days ago
Reply to  Spird442

better than Magic Santana”s?

Angelz4ever
Super Member
25 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

No one has a better smile than Vladdy.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
25 days ago

There is hope for next year’s rotation, but we’ll need to rebuild the bullpen again.

Cowboy26
Legend
25 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

Well, Never fear , young help is on the way:
Ben Joyce’s last 6 appearances at AA, 5-1/3 innings 0 runs 0 hits 1 BB, & Ks .059 OPS against .
Mason Erla 2021 Draft reject . This season at AA 11 Games 13-1/3 Innings, 4 Saves 0 Earned Runs, .98 WHIP 10 K’s 3 BB’s
Hell even LHP Eric Torres another 2021 Draftee loser is back. He now has a 2.38 ERA in 9 games 11-1/3 innings 17 K’s against 6 Walks ( still little high) been only a 1.06 WHIP 2 years ago he was the Relief pitcher of the year in the southern league But last year starting with the experimental baseball, it was one of the wildest relief pitching performances I have ever seen.
Even at AAA, LHP Tyler Thomas, who the throw in as part of the degenerate Gambler David Fletcher trade has been pretty stellar this year pitching to 1.77 ERA in 13 relief appearances . His walks are still too high at 14 but in 20-1/3 innings he has struck out 25 batters.

Biggiswrth
Trusted Member
25 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

My level of Hopium grew three sizes reading this

2GA2Join
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25 days ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

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Cowboy26
Legend
25 days ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

Theres also a couple of Perry’s retreads down there in the Farm

Bryan Shaw who and hasn’t given up an earned run in his last 8 appearances in the PCL bandboxes was a minor league pickup for us after getting released by the Pale Hosers early in the season , is now sporting a 2.31 ERA , a 1.20 WHIP

Hayden Seig a 25 year old minor League free agent pick up from late 2021 is pitching his ass off in relief this year at Rocket City. He’s got 21 strike outs against 6 walks in 19-1/3 innings yielding a 1.40 ERA and a .88 WHIP

Or long in the tooth 26 year old UDFA Michael Darrell-Hicks is himself having career year in relief at Rocket City sporting a microscopic 0.47 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP in 19 innings over 11 games striking out 18 batters and walking only 3 so plenty options if need be.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
24 days ago
Reply to  Biggiswrth

If you need some….I got a cousin…..

Angelstan
Trusted Member
25 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

The news on Joyce is encouraging. He’s the young guy with true promise.

steelgolf
Super Member
25 days ago

Wow, an actual series win. Okay, as a public service announcement, I would like to v warn everyone to be careful when they go outside their home, pigs are probably flying.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
25 days ago

Doesn’t use pillar yesterday, but will today. I don’t understand the logic.

Twebur
Legend
25 days ago

Our starting 5 would be solid if “Not the Ace – Ace Delmer’s” could pull his own wieght.
Replace and fix most of the bullpen and our pitching problems are solved 😀

JackFrost
Super Member
25 days ago

Now THAT is how you close a game !

I would seriously consider making Garcia the new closer. I know he has struggled in a less significant role, but perhaps he’s a guy who needs that extra edge. He’s much more steady under pressure than that gas can Estevez.

Last edited 25 days ago by JackFrost
YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
25 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I don’t even want Garcia in the bp.

JackFrost
Super Member
25 days ago

So, you’re happy with Charlie Sheen closing games ?

Cowboy26
Legend
25 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Frostie, odds are with this team our next closer just graduated from college last week.

Jimmuscomp
Trusted Member
25 days ago

Word. He’s terrible. Like a worser Estevez.

halofansince1978
Super Member
25 days ago

LTBU

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El_Duderino
Trusted Member
25 days ago

Took 2/3! Series win!

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