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White Sox walk-off in the 10th & the Angels’ playoff hopes are officially dead

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The Angels put up some fight in this one, but a home run in the 10th from Nicky Delmonico would be the coup de grace for the Team of Destiny. RIP.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago White Sox Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images

Angels 4 White Sox 6

Well, that was it, ladies and germs. The Angels, with tonight’s heartbreaking, extra-inning loss to the White Sox was all that the Minnesota Twins needed to happen in order for them to clinch a Wild Card spot. That means the Halos’ are officially dead and gone. Their destiny, as it turns out, was to be a footnote to a footnote; a fun, but brief, run that gave fans just enough hope to make the inevitable Buttercup sting even more than it already does.

The season was really over when the team lost five days ago, when Yusmeiro Petit got knocked around by the Astros in a must-win series. That’s in my humble opinion, at least. Perhaps you still held out hope, since they were not mathematically eliminated yet, and in which case, this game was a classic ToD cardiac arrest.

The Angels were being carried by Garrett Richards for the first three innings, when he was looking like a gift from the baseball gods themselves. Then, he started to come apart on the bump, giving up some big hits and a wild pitch and just like that, the Angels were down 0-3. But all was not lost, at least not when Kole Calhoun is out there hitting game-tying, three-run bombs to center field. The Red Baron let loose his 18th big fly of the season in the top of the fifth, and the team’s playoff pulse was back to beating, even if it was faint as possible.

In the top of the sixth, that pulse began racing a bit, thanks to an Andrelton Simmons RBI single, which gave the Halos the lead. That 4-3 that we all saw on the scoreboard was a welcome relief, a beacon of light in a dark situation. It would end up being akin to the short moment of calm that the crew of the Andrea Gail experienced in the movie The Perfect Storm, when they see some sunlight and the winds die down a bit, but just as they smile and exhale, the clouds come back in and you pretty much know what’s coming next in the dramatic finale.

The White Sox, with Cam Bedrosian on the mound and doing really cool (sarcastic as hell right there, in case that’s not clear) things like throwing some wild pitches and giving up a single, which would eventually tie the game back up at 4-4. Oh no.

In the late innings, neither team could drum up any big plays, and thus we headed to extras. It would be the 15th time the Angels would go to extra innings this season; last year, they had four extra inning games. This particular serving of free baseball would serve as a coup de grace to a Halos team that I really grew to love, but just didn’t have all the pieces lined up to get them into the promised land. It was in the 10th inning, with Chicago’s Nicky Delmonico at the plate, and he took a Blake Parker splitter and drove it over the right field fence.

It was a walk-off loss for the Angels, and a walk-off end to all of our dreams of October magic and memories. Just as it burned them all year long, the home run would be the defining play of this game, and of 2017, perhaps, and it would be the play that put them to sleep until next spring training.

There are still some games to go, but the season is over, let’s be real. These last few contests, including the upcoming final homestand against the Mariners, serves as a participation lap and nothing more. A chance to doff our caps and thank them for giving us some unreal endings to some Halos games, and for making this playoff race way more interesting this late into the season than anybody really thought they would/could at earlier points of the year.