The Angels have not been good hitters in the slightest this season with an average expected wOBA (.292) that ranked 22nd among all teams, so I’ll forgive you if you didn’t expect an anemic offense to score more than three runs in a nine-inning span, much less outperform an opponent over that same period. Under the warm California sun, the Angels were more patient and parlayed that into runners, and parlayed runners into runs.
While an early-inning 2-run shot by Joey Gallo rendered the game’s viability in question, starter Chris Stratton settled down and the offense capitalized on Shelby Miller’s shakiness in the second inning, loading the bases three times and scoring on a Lucroy single, a Zack Cozart HBP (who was injured on the play), a David Fletcher single to right, and a Tommy La Stella groundout.
In the sixth inning, Mike Trout homered in his fourth consecutive game, his fifth in that time frame, and reached base in four out of five plate appearances. He has now reached base 25 times in 10 games. Freaking incredible.
Yeah, Bird is probably wishing he didn’t throw it there.
Additional props have to go to the Angels bullpen for providing scoreless relief, specifically Justin Anderson (who as fellow writer Rick Souddress mentions, is unhittable when he is able to command) and Ty Buttrey, who both worked out of bases-loaded situations in critical points in the game.
Brian Goodwin added a loooooong homer in the seventh to center field, who has been arguably the best hitter on the team, aside from Trout. A welcome surprise!
4-6 is a lot better than 1-6, and there’s more Trout on the menu tomorrow.
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