Andrew Heaney came to Colorado ready to rock and roll. He seems to have an affinity for pitching well at Coors, and today was no exception. Had you blinked in the first inning, you would have missed him setting down the first three batters in order. His whole night was just so strong. You have to commend a pitcher who can go to the mountains and pitch like an ace.
That’s not to say his night was spotless. In the third inning, he got touched up a little by a couple of singles that scored a run to give the Rockies a lead they would never relinquish. Until the 6th, that was the only run either team would see. It was certainly a fantastic pitchers duel in an intensely run-happy environment.
That 6th inning however would see Jabari Blash ruin all of our evenings. On a fly ball down the line, he made an outstanding non-catch to give Trevor Story a lead-off triple. He ended up being the biggest bane of the night for the Angels and would end his night 2-3 with a walk and 2 RBIs. Oh, and a run because of Blash. He would come around to score on a 1-out Gerardo Parra blooper.
At this point, it seemed like the game was out of reach. The bases loaded situation in the first inning was a distant memory. Thus, Noe Ramirez was called upon to promptly give up two more runs.
The one highlight of the night from the offense came in the 8th inning off of reliever extraordinaire Adam Ottavino. Ottavino came into the night as one of the top relievers in the majors. No one expected the 2-out walk to Trout, the quick steal of second, and the hope-inducing blast from Justin Upton that followed. It was pretty cool.
Alas, Wade Davis then came in and shut the door firmly. Tomorrow, the Angels will look to split the series behind rookie Jaime Barria. Here’s hoping they can remember how to score runs.