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Angels stave off inevitable losing season another day

Matt Shoemaker played baseball, and so did Yovani Gallardo. Shoemaker wound up doing less damage.

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Angels 4 - Rangers 1

In what was quite possibly the match-up of the year, masculine protagonist Matt Shoemaker took to the mound against the ever-threatening Yovani Gallardo and definitely pitched 5 innings of baseball.

It started off as one would expect, with Joey Gallo hitting his 40th home run of the season, and the Angels lineup exploring just how futile an offense can be before the front office just lights a match and razes the whole darn thing to the ground.

Ohtani did not come through on two separate occasions, and everyone else hardly did anything at all. Sweet, sweet familiarity.

In the 6th, with every opportunity to pull Yovani Gallardo before he went through the lineup a third time, he started pitching again. Predictably, it all fell apart as Kole Calhoun, mired in a slump that would make Danny Espinosa blush, smashed a double and moved to third on a JMF groundout.

Trout was intentionally walked, and for the third consecutive plate appearance, Shohei Ohtani came up to bat with a runner in scoring position. Most batters will chalk up a hit once every three or four at bats, so it definitely felt like it was about time for him to get some BABIP luck. As if on cue, he blooped a single off of lefty Martin Perez to tie the game.

Upton and Simmons also BABIPed a bit to score Trout and load the bases for a Taylor Ward RBI walk and a Kaleb Cowart Sac Fly.

The Angels won another game that didn’t matter and didn’t really pad any stats at all to help Ohtani’s and Trout’s award cases. So this was definitely a way to spend a few hours of your time. We will spend some more hours watching the same meaninglessness tomorrow too. Get stoked.