It would be misleading to say that anyone other than Matt Harvey would be the real story of this game. A starting pitcher who many thought would be the team’s buttress has turned out to be anything but, but Harvey turned out a dandy performance today. Though struggling with command at times, the Dark Knight turned in an economical 7 inning, 1-run performance on just 95 pitches, with 7 K, 3 BB, and scattering 2 hits.
The Angels threw Harvey some run support from the very beginning, with Albert Pujols doubling down the third-base line on a misplay by the third baseman, though one the Royals’ 3b Gutierrez probably should have gotten to. In any case, the double, with the bases loaded, scored two runs and catapulted Pujols to third-place on the all-time RBI list, eclipsing Barry Bonds’ 1,996. Tommy La Stella added a groundout in the inning, Andrelton Simmons singled home Trout in the 4th, and the Angels never looked back.
Today was not Homer Bailey’s day.
One might have thought that the game looked shaky in the 8th when Ty Buttrey entered the game to promptly walk a batter, and although the Angels’ best reliever gave up a run, he can do things like this. He proceeded to record two strikeouts during the inning, including on this rising 98 mph fastball. Nasty.
Ty Buttrey’s fastball looks pretty good from that camera, too. pic.twitter.com/Sw9XgbWWb3— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 28, 2019
Justin Bour absolutely annihilated a baseball off Ben Lively to give tons of cushion in the top of the 9th, and although Hansel Robles got called for blocking the plate in the bottom half of the frame, that was that.
Justin Bour and Ben Lively both knew that ball was gone immediately. pic.twitter.com/pku1Q2Z2Li— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) April 28, 2019
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