In medias res: Where the Angels were leading 4-3 after the top of the seventh.
There was the eighth inning, where Matt Kemp led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and was there when, with two outs, Andrew Toles lifted a fly ball to left field over which Justin Upton and Mike Trout collided. Upton barely made the play.
There was the ninth inning, which featured a Chase Utley (happy retirement!) single, and Yasmani Grandal liner that froze Upton until it was over his head, scoring the tying run. Blake Parker and Hansel Robles loaded the bases until Jose Alvarez came in vs. Joc Pederson, who cracked one halfway to the moon until it landed in the glove of Mike Trout.
There was the tenth inning, when we had the lead, where Upton tripped on a fly ball Toles hit, allowing him to reach second, Martin Maldonado got crossed up, sending Toles to third, and the much-maligned reliever Alvarez got Utley to fly out to short left and Grandal to strike out.
And then we have Kole Calhoun. Sir, rumors of your demise have been greatly exaggerated. Take a bow.
Calhoun took Kenley Jansen deep in the top of the tenth inning. Watching his batting average (.190), he should soon pass Luis Valbuena (.204) for the honor of being the team cellar. He also made this nice defensive play:
Andrew Heaney got the start and labored his way through 6 innings, with runs coming on a smooth solo shot by Chris Taylor and a little 2-run rally that the Dodgers had after Heaney stood on the bases for ten-plus minutes.
After the action: enjoy the Scioscia-face:
When you don’t really like anything on the menu. pic.twitter.com/P7Y4jDHRRX— Stacie Wheeler (@StacieMWheeler) July 15, 2018
We’re here, aren’t we? Notched the win? So ignore the swirling trade rumors, watch the Seattle and Oakland scoreboards closely and see if we can’t start flying as soon as the break is over.
But maybe, just maybe, take a deep breath first. And relax.
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