Today was a huge day for 21 year old Jaime Barria, a huge day for the Angels offense (again), and a huge sweep that puts the Angels solely in first place.
Jaime Barria is the youngest Angels player to debut since Mike trout in 2011. You could perhaps see the nerves a bit with back to back walks int he 1st but no harm was done. Barria, in fact, pretty much sailed through his 5 innings outing - throwing only 71 pitches (44 for strikes). He allowed just 1 hit, which happened to be a solo home run int he 3rd inning and he struck out 3. Here is Barria’s first career strikeout on a slider away:
The offense, kept doing their thing, scoring 7 runs which was actually the fewest they scored in the entire series. 26 total runs? Yeah, I’d say the Angels had a good time in Texas.
Kole Calhoun broke out a 3 hit performance, Shohei Ohtani got his first major league hit (and first RBI of the game) off a lefty, and Jefry Marte and Zack Cozart both hit triples. Oh yeah - Simmons stole a base and Upton stole two.
Keynan Middleton came in to get the final 4 outs of the game and got into quite the jam in the 9th. He gave up 1 run and loaded the bases after hitting Elvis Andrus, but fortunately popped up Adrian Beltre for the final out. Sweep complete!