The Rays really aren’t THAT good but they managed to take first 3 games of this series thanks to a lackluster Angels offense. Fortunately, different cards were played in game 4 and the Angels were able to grab back some dignity.
In a season of experiments, the Rays sent out reliever Sergio Romo to start for the second day in a row - and it worked. He threw 1.1 scoreless and hitless innings while striking out 3. The Angels offense was looking like it had all series and that was not a great start.
Did someone say no hitter? Yes, the Rays were no hitting the Angels - even up until they scored their first run in the 4th inning. Chris Young hit a double for their first hit. They were on the board!!
Ohtani was dealing himself, pitching into the 8th inning and allowed only 2 runs on 6 hits with 9 more Ks. This kid is the real deal and definitely had his ace-like stuff working today.
For his part, Mike Trout scored twice even through he had only 1 official at bat thanks to 3 walks and 4 full counts in which he saw almost 30 pitches. That is some serious plate discipline! The mighty Trout also stole second AND third in the 5th inning, setting up a sac fly for Zack Cozart. Cozart ended this game with a fun stats of ZERO official at bats and 2 sac flies.
The Angels pulled this one off with a bit of offensive magic and thanks in large part to Mike Trout (2 runs), Zack Cozart (2 RBIs), and Martin Maldando (2 RBIs). They only had 4 total hits in this game by Simmons, Young, Hermosillo, and Maldando and only 1 of those hits actually led to an RBI - the 8th inning home run by Maldanado.
Ohtani turned out the lights on the Rays and the Big A is lit up tonight!!