A quick glance at the box score shows the sixth inning of tonight’s Angels-Tigers game as a rather uneventful frame, but such a notion could not be further from the truth.
Noe Ramirez took the mound (following Nick Tropeano’s early exit after a solid 62 pitches of 1-run ball over five innings; hopefully no notable injury news on him) and after losing an 8-pitch walk to James McCann, put the first runner on base. After a single up the middle, a walk, and another single, the bases were loaded and a run had scored to narrow the game to 4-2. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Scioscia called upon Cam Bedrosian to put out the fire.
Bedrosian did not disappoint, striking out Nick Castellanos looking and inducing this behemoth of a double play to get out of the inning.
Of course, that game-saving inning could not have been possible without defensive wonder Andrelton Simmons, who continues to field as if the fate of the universe depends on his endless web gems. In the double play turned above, Simmons uncorks a throw with the throwing arm of a cannonball and the torque of a brand-new Ford Fiesta.
There’s the flip side of that same coin, too, then. There’s no lead to be saved if there is no lead, and Simmons did his part to take care of that, too. For all the Cam Bedrosian horn-tooting tonight, one could just as easily slot Simba in such a position.
Andrelton Simmons makes a diving, stabbing stop of James McCann's liner leading off the 8th. Simba also turned a huge DP in the 6th, and he also has a 2-run HR and 2 runs scored.— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) August 7, 2018
Eric Young, Jr. had a nice night himself with a diving catch in center field (@Mike Trout, come back soon?) and a home run off the rock pile in center field that just missed the Fox Sports West camera crew. Young now has thirteen career home runs, five of which have come with the Angels over the last 150 plate appearances.
Unfortunately, the news on Nick Tropeano is not good: shoulder tightness.
Nick Tropeano has been removed after five, one-run innings and only 62 pitches. Not a good sign for a guy who has battled a shoulder issue most of this season.— Jeff Miller (@JeffMillerLAT) August 7, 2018