Angels 5, Twins 4
It was hit city Monday night in Minnesota, where the Angels swung the bats and they miraculously made contact with the baseballs being thrown. And then the Angels ran and ran and somehow made it to a base safely. That happened fifteen times!
What an amazing game. It subverted all of our expectations and still managed to throw enough expected elements into the jambalaya that we still knew we were watching Angels baseball.
Point: We expected Tyler Skaggs to implode, so when he started the game by giving up a double and a homer, no one was surprised. Skaggs on the mound? It’s his bad day! We’ll get ‘em tomorrow, we said.
Counterpoint but still kind of the Point: Then Skaggs did a complete 180 and competed for five whole innings. He worked out of jams and showed flashes of what makes him a great talent on the mound when he can put it together. Which is kind of the Point, because we all know he’s good. We just don’t know when it’s going to show.
Point: We simply don’t strike out. Jose Berrios has good command of his fastball and hard nasty breaking balls, and we still. Didn’t. Strike. Out. Berrios only got the Angels out on strikes thrice, and the Angels only struck out six times in the game. When you put the ball in play, magical nights like tonight can happen.
Point: We hit into a lot of GIDPs. Three tonight.
Point: The bullpen is elite. Justin Anderson, Ty Buttrey, and Hansel Robles worked four scoreless innings tonight. Brad Ausmus did well in managing the pen, recognizing that with a one run lead it was better to ride Buttrey as long as he could go. And he managed to get six guys out.
Oh, and Shohei Ohtani hit his first homer of 2019. Absolutely crushed.
But there were also the things against the grain that made the game so damn fun.
Against the Grain: Kole Calhoun bunted against the shift! It was glorious, and I cried. Almost.
Against the Grain: Tommy La Stella hit his 10th homer of the season and is STILL leading the team. He added three hits. Trout added three as well.
Against the Grain: Albert Pujols beat the shift twice! He just stuck his bat out there and rolled a lazy grounder to second. Twice. Except no one was there and Pujols was aboard. Good things happen when you put the ball in play.
Against the Grain: Kevan Smith stole a base. What?
Although the offense is not even the best offense in the division, it’s not far-fetched to speculate that when all is said and done, the Halos could have a top-5 offense in baseball.
The umpiring behind the plate was amazing. It would be interesting to see a list of the calls made. Will Little. Remember that name.
Also, Willians Astudillo is awesome.
Light that baby up!
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