It should never have been this messy against a Lance Lynn who has struggled all season to consistently put up zeroes, but the Angels will take it.
Garrett Richards was on the bump, and gave a serviceable performance, throwing 5.1 innings of 2 run ball. He had a strong 7 strikeouts and definitely could have been stronger if it hadn’t been for an ever-so-minor brainfart by Luis Valbuena. After allowing Max Kepler to reach 1st with one out, Sano grounded one directly to Valbuena who entirely whiffed the ball. The subsequent 2-bagger was scored an RBI game-tying double even though it should have been a double play and this set the tone for the majority of the night.
The Angels’ side just a few minutes before had also been interesting. Jose Miguel Fernandez, a story of Cuban defection with a less than happy plot, had his first single in the bigs to move Zack Cozart over to first. The Maldonado single that scored him would be followed with frustration as Mike Trout struck out, leaving the bases loaded. This would be the disappointing interrobang on an unideal night for the Center Fielder.
Unfortunately, Lance Lynn dialed in afterward and held the game tied all the way through 6 innings of work. It is a tad upsetting that he had almost 50 pitches through 2 innings and managed to complete 6, but what are you going to do without Simmons, Ohtani, and pretty much everyone else of note?
In the bottom side, Garrett would allow a rocket to Grossman who can only hit bombs against the Angels apparently and his night was done.
On the bright side, best friends Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton have been los más picantes as of late and after, I’m sure, a few choice expletives at the situation, we were all ready to be taken on a ride by the two.
Kinsler would take a Pressly pitch way deep to score himself and a Maldonado who had led off the inning by ripping a double. This would put the Angels up 3-2. The very next inning, Upton sent an Addison Reed pitch to left center and sealed the deal.
Crucially, the bullpen would completely shut the door tonight, as Noe Ramirez, Jose Alvarez, and Blake Parker combined to finish out the last four innings. It wasn’t perfect, but it was firm.
Tomorrow, the Angels look to take the series against a Kyle Gibson who has managed to finally reach that potential he always had behind Tyler Skaggs, who has done the exact same.