If you wanted to create the quintessential 2019 Angels game...
That was it.
That was it. It was simply it.
Do you want poor starting pitching?
Dillon Peters only managed to get twelve outs. He gave up five runs (four earned), walked more hitters than he struck out, and tossed a whopping 106 pitches.
Do you want weird lineup moves?
Brad Ausmus took Justin Upton out of the game even though he was due up in the lineup shortly so Anthony Bemboom could protect Shohei Ohtani. (For the record, I agreed with this one.)
There was the whole gutting the lineup thing, but just read about it here.
There goes the last position player...Thaiss used pretty needlessly... #bigbrainedbrad— Halos Heaven (@halosheaven) August 20, 2019
Do you want LOBsters?
From the 8th to the 10th, the Angels left eight men on base. EIGHT. In THREE INNINGS. They left them loaded in the 8th and the 9th, and in the 10th they were loaded when Ohtani lined into a double play.
Do you want accomplishments? You decide whether they are meaningful or not.
Albert Pujols hit the 652nd home run of his career. He also bagged a stolen base, making it nineteen straight seasons of a stolen base. Mike Trout hit two singles. The latter came with a man on third and didn’t score said runner.
Do you want memes? There are lots and lots of memes.
Luis Rengifo let a ball slip through his legs for a run. The Angels blew a 7-1 lead and didn’t score the last nine innings of the game. They used almost all their pitchers with a doubleheader looming tomorrow. Cam Bedrosian (the old favorite) emerged and blew a save. The Angels lost on a chopper that didn’t leave the infield. The catcher couldn’t hit. The Angels lost to the Rangers. The Angels left many runners on base.
In the end...it was just trAdition, plain and simple. The most beautiful kind. The kind that lasts 4:35 of your day.
Gear up for over six hours of baseball tomorrow. Because in the end, there’s nothing like trAdition.
We love this team!