Mike Trout smashing a 445’ home run in the top fo the 1st is a great way to start off a game on his explosive holiday. Follow that up with Griffin Canning striking out the side and you might get pretty excited about a potential sweep.
Canning labored in the 2nd, facing 6 hitters and throwing 22 pitches. He did strike out two more batters but also gave up a run. The Angels offense helped him out, quickly gaining a run back in the 3rd thanks to singles by Trout, Ohtani, and Simmons.
Enter the 3rd inning and Canning’s 2nd time through the lineup where he has struggled a bit this year. Six hitters and a Nomar Mazara double later, and the Angels were down 3-2. At this point they had lost the lead for the 2nd time in 3 innings and they would never get it back.
Things unraveled for Canning in the 4th and he gave up 3 more runs, including a homer to .188 hitter Rougned Odor. That home run was his 13th allowed this year in just 65 innings. He wouldn’t make it out of the inning and his final line was 3.1 innings, 7 hits, 3 walks, 6 Ks, and 6 runs allowed. Far from ideal to say the least.
Speaking of Rougned Odor (now batting .191), he put the final nail in the coffin against Luis Garcia who grooved him a 100 MPH pitch down the middle that Rougned took 471’ deep for a 3 run blast. Cut. Print. Check the gate. That’s a wrap folks. See you in Houston.