Angels 6, A’s 4
This game dragged. Neither the Oakland starter, Frankie Montas, nor the Angels bulk man, Nick Tropeano, seemed to be able to throw strikes.
It started, of course, with Cam Bedrosian. Faced with the very weird situation of no inherited runners to allow to come around the bases in the bottom of the first, Bedrosian served up a nice meatball to Marcus Semien, who blasted it long gone.
Interestingly, the Angels actually struck back in the top of the second for four. With Montas wild, they waited him out and sent ten to the plate. David Fletcher, Everyman’s version of a Major League baseball player, flared a two run single into right, and Tommy La Stella the Star crushed one to center for two more.
Nick Tropeano, making his 2019 debut, took the mound at 7:51 pm, more than forty minutes after the game actually started. He was effectively wild. He went to three-ball counts to five of the first eight he faced, and he never looked like he had true command of his stuff. The result? 87 pitches, 53 for strikes. Three runs, five innings. Definitely didn’t have it all, but it was enough for a battered staff. He gave up these moonshots.
Cody Allen (pitching in high leverage) and Ty Buttrey combined for two scoreless, and the Angels’ four runs stood up until the ninth.
Tommy La Stella ignited a ninth inning rally with an opposite-field single, and after Mike Trout walked (it looked like he was even trying to lean into a pitch; yikes Fatboy is out of sorts), Shohei Ohtani lined a single into right, scoring two.
Aside: Trout fouled a pitch off himself earlier in the game and hobbled around, so don’t be surprised to see him get the day off Wednesday afternoon.
The Ohtani single was not without controversy. With two strikes and runners on second and third, Joakim Soria threw a curve that painted the outside corner. It was a strike. The problem? Josh Phegley dropped it. Yes, he should have caught it, and yes, umpire James Hoye should’ve rung Ohtani up. Both are to blame. One can decide him/herself how to divvy up the blame, but there you have it.
Hansel Robles nailed down the save.
LTBU! Much needed win!
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Tommy La Stella
James Hoye (umpire)
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