The Angels offense continued to destroy Baltimore pitching tonight, effectively wiping the visiting team off of the face of the Earth with a barrage of early run support and wrapping up the dominant three-game sweep. Seriously, this one was basically done after the first inning, even more done after the second, and after the fourth, the Angels had punched the Orioles into the stratosphere never to be seen again.
The first inning saw extra-base hits from Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons, as well as RBI singles from Shohei Ohtani and Luis Valbuena. By the time the first frame dust settled, the score was 5-0 Angels, and then a second inning that saw another RBI knock from Trout, plus some RBI steak from Albert Pujols, put the Halos up 8-0 and they straight up coasted from then on. But they weren’t done unloading the runs on the bird boys, not by any means.
Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena padded their night’s stat line with some big hits in the fourth, and the home town heroes had a 12-0 advantage, making the home crowd lose their collective minds with the display of dominance and bombastic batting. As you can imagine, the Angels’ starter, Jaime Barria, barely had to do any heavy lifting this evening, but that didn’t stop him from having a nice little outing for himself. Barria pitched 6.0 IP, giving up just four hits, which lead to two earned runs, while garnering two Ks to two BBs.
The Angels are back in the first place saddle after this studly three-game stretch, and life should be pretty good this weekend as the Seattle Mariners roll into the Big A. The momentum is back in the Halos’ favor, to say the very least, and the Halosphere is lit AF right now after seeing the lineup chug along at full capacity. Can they keep up this breakneck brutality against their opponents? Sure, why not? Will they? I don’t know, but all that matters is that they keep getting those Ws, and that is totally in the realm of possibility.
Here’s to our favorite ball club tearing another ball club into pieces, chewing those pieces up, and then spitting them out all over the rock pile and beyond. Keep doing this, Angels. I like when you do this.