Splitting a series with the second worst team in baseball isn’t exactly a proud achievement, but at least the Angels salvaged the last two games in this set and scored 23 runs in the past 24 hours.
Following the Martin Maldonado trade, Francisco Arcia (after 12 years in the minors) made his big league debut, drawing a walk, striking out once, and notching 2 hits, including a 3 run home run in the 7th. Welcome aboard!!!
Nick Tropeano gave up, well, a few home runs in this game. The home runs allowed in the 1st and 2nd inning were okay and he was still on his way to a quality start when he decided to give up 3 more in the 7th inning over the span fo 4 batters. Tropeano’s final stats? 5 hits allowed, 5 home runs allowed, 2 walks, and 7 Ks.
Kole Calhoun stayed hot with 2 more hits and another dinger and Justin Upton had a 4 hit game - his first of 2018. But one again, much of this was overshadowed by what Trout accomplished before he even had a hit in the game (he did later get a double).
Mike Trout was intentionally walked (twice) and stole a base in this game which brings us to some fun facts and tweets:
Mike Trout has been intentionally walked twice today, he's on pace for 148 total walks - it would be the most by a man not named "Barry Bonds" since Jeff Bagwell in 1999 #Angels— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) July 26, 2018
Mike Trout just got intentionally walked for the 20th time this season. Bryce Harper and Joey Votto led baseball with 20 IBBs in 2016 and 2017, respectively.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 26, 2018
Trout has now been intentionally walked 20 times this season. Vlad Guerrero is the only player in franchise history to have more in a single season: 28 in '07, 26 in '05 and 25 in '06.— Adam Chodzko (@AdamChodzko) July 26, 2018
Mike Trout now with 20 steals and 25 HRs for the fifth time. Only other player to do that before his age 27 season was Darryl Strawberry.— Doug Padilla (@DougPadilla) July 26, 2018
Not to be left out of all the fun, Andrelton Simmons hit a little league home, complete with basically walking across the plate, and Ian Kinsler stayed hot with a 3 hit game.
I’d also like to point out that Simmons is 4 for 8 over his past two games since being moved down from the 2 spot in the lineup.
Serious question - does Scioscia every look at splits when doing lineups? Simba has been a disaster in the 2 spot and a beast at 5 or 6. This isn't a new thing this year either for him.— Jessica DeLine (@abaseballchick) July 24, 2018
Hope some of you were able to catch this game, because aside from all the Nitro Bombs, it sure was some fun baseball.
Final Angels stats: 12 runs, 16 hits, 0 errors, 3 home runs runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 stolen bases.