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Anthony Bemboom saves the day, Angels split series with the Red Sox

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Can we DFA Stassi now?

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Boston Red Sox Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

Angels 4 Red Sox 5

If you stayed up late on Saturday and are on the West Coast, this game time may have snuck up on you at 10AM. Also what may have snuck up on you is the Sunday morning call up of Anthony Bemboom. It was not Bemboom’s MLB debut since he did that with The Rays earlier this year, but it was his debut with the Angels after having been in the system from 2012-2016. Bemboom did throw out his first runner of the year in this game - nailing Mookie with a bullet in the bottom of the 8th. More on Bemboom in a moment...

The starting catcher in this one, Max Stassi, has yet to get a hit since being the sole trade deadline acquisition by Billy Eppler who nabbed him for his pitch framing skills. He apparently did not acquire him for his glove work. I present to you the go ahead (at the time) run by the Red Sox in the 5th inning:

Also, NESN is trolling us - right? Why would you every compare these two guys??

The Angels would tie it back up in the 8th thank to a Kole Calhoun solo shot and thanks to Matt Barnes who hung a fastball over the middle of the plate. Calhoun did not miss it, and ultimately that blast sent this game into extra innings.

In the 10th, the Angels played some small ball. After a lead off walk by Kole Calhoun, David Fletcher moved him to 2nd on a ground out, Matt Thiass moved him to 3rd on a fly ball, and Anthony Not-Stassi Bemboom singled to right field for the go ahead run. Boom. Hansel Robles entered the game for a 4 out save to put the icing on the cake.

Young studs Shohei Ohtani and Luis Rengifo combined for 5 of the Angels 8 hits and the Angels drew 8 total walks. Patrick Sandoval followed up his great debut with a pretty meh second game, lasting only 4.1 innings and giving up 4 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks.

Split with the Red Sox? They may suck right now but we’ll take it!

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