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Tommy “Guns” La Stella loves Brewers pitching, feelings not said to be mutual

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For the second consecutive night, La Stella led the offense to a victory over the NL Central powerhouse. 11-8 Angels

Milwaukee Brewers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The offense continued to streak in the Angels’ 5th consecutive win on Tuesday night, putting up double digits to decimate a Milwaukee pitching staff. It would not be a cakewalk by any stretch of the imagination, but the baby would be lit up nonetheless.

In the first inning, Matt Harvey looked shaky, but seemed to be Max Scherzer compared to Brewers rotation anchor Freddy Peralta. The Angels crossed home plate 6 times in the inning as single after single fell in, leading many to believe that the Crew had angered the BABIP gods in some unspeakable manner. It culminated in Tommy La Stella’s second home run of the season, another monster moonshot to put the game away for good... or so we thought.

It turns out, Matt Harvey still isn’t back. The poor once-ace of the Mets would continue his free fall from “bounceback candidate,” assuming responsibility for 6 earned runs across 4.1 IP. Luke Bard would come in to put out the fire, by which I mean that he added gasoline until it burned itself out. Before the Angels knew it, the Brewers held an 8-7 lead.

That seventh run was the result of another La Stella home run. He was such a problem for Brewers manager Craig Counsell that his next plate appearance would directly bring in lefty Alex Claudio.

The loss of the lead would not be an issue, however, as Lucroy would drive in two more runs to end with 3 RBI on the night, two of which came with 2 outs in crunch time.

Despite Ausmus running out a string of relievers that are less than desirable in close games, Cody Allen would get Save number 3.

Here are some other notable performances:

  • Bour scored 3 runs, putting his on-base skills to good use
  • Simmons had three hits, including two doubles. One of those was a lucky chopper down the line with a weird bounce, but the other was a single stretched into an extra base via a Trout-like swim move. The call being overturned was important in ensuring an additional insurance run.
  • Brian Goodwin had continued to make solid contact and even received the honor of an intentional walk. It was even more notable that they pitched TO Pujols in order to IBB Goodwin. The disrespect.
  • Cozart still can’t hit. He did make an awesome game-saving double play though.

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  • 76%
    Tommy La Stella
    (214 votes)
  • 3%
    Jonathan Lucroy
    (10 votes)
  • 7%
    The Bullpen
    (22 votes)
  • 11%
    Brewers Pitching
    (33 votes)
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