Well, that was fun! The Angels may have lost 11-10, but today is a day where mixing things up and looking at the positives in spite of a disappointing 9th inning just feels right.
The game started in the 7th inning stretch with a 10-2 score. I don’t know why that is. It’s some weird rule Manfred put into place; something about teams needing handicaps, which he referred to as “Angels starting pitchers,” against the boys in red. Much like several of his brainblasts, this rule seems like utter B.S. to me.
Regardless, the Angels took to their helms and clubs and proceeded to show us exactly why these other teams so desperately require a head start. Felix Hernandez was on the bump, and man, did he not have it! He was chased before the 7th even ended! Talk about giving your team length!
Of course, if I were Scott Servais, I would pull Felix myself after he gave up a double to Peter Bourjos, a man who came into today’s game with exactly one hit on the season.
R.J. Alaniz relieved the completely ineffective Hernandez and funneled the fire into a hydrogen balloon. After 3 extra base hits allowed and a single to Mike Trout, the solid Rule 5 pickup Brandon Brennan came in to mitigate the damage.
By “mitigate,” you’re gosh darn freaking right I mean that “he allowed two more runs to score.” All of a sudden, the score was 10-9. Only getting 3 innings to score at least 9 was suddenly starting to make a lot of sense.
The next inning, the incredibly stable Swarzak gave up a game-tying home run to David Fletcher! David Fletcher!
That’s Mr. David “400’ Dinger” Fletcher to you, child.
The game was tied, and boy was it grand.
And then the Angels lost in the top of the 9th on a wild Cody Allen inning.
Oh well. You can’t win ‘em all!