What. A. Game.
If you missed the Angels/Athletics game on Monday night, boy you missed a dandy. Arguably one of the craziest and most exciting games of the season so far. The Angels won, 10-9, ending Oakland’s nine-game winning streak.
I don’t even know where to begin, so I think I’ll just start all the way at the beginning.
In the bottom half of the first, David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella and Mike Trout all singled. A wild pitch brought in a run to make it 1-0 Angels. Anthony Rendon stepped up to the plate, desperately needing something to go his way after a really rough start to his season. On a 2-2 pitch, Rendon hit his second homer of the season, giving LA the 3-0 lead.
That lead didn’t last long, as the A’s tied things up in the second. Matt Chapman led the inning off with a homer, his fifth of the season. After that, three consecutive hitters reached against Julio Teheran. Overall, eight batters stepped up to the plate that inning as they put up three runs to tie the game at three a piece.
Chapman struck an inning later yet again, this time hitting a two-run shot off Teheran for his sixth of the season, putting Oakland up 5-3. Teheran then allowed a single, and just like that his night was over. For the game, he lasted two innings, allowing five runs on five hits.
Justin Upton was able to provide a little two-out rally in the bottom half of the third. With two outs and runners on second and first, Upton singled to bring the Angels back to within one run.
There was a lot that happened for Oakland in the fourth. Hits, walks, errors, fielders choices... there was a bunch. Long story short, they scored four runs that inning to take a four-run lead.
A man by the name of Michael Trout (you’ll be hearing more about him later) helped bring the Angels right back. He hit a two-run shot to make it a 9-6 game in the fourth.
For the rest of the game, the Angels’ pitching was excellent. Noé Ramirez, Keynan Middleton, Felix Peña and Ty Buttrey threw four innings of shutout ball. They struck out three and allowed only two hits, as they allowed the Angels’ offense to creep right back into the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, Shohei Ohtani tied the game up with one swing of the bat. His two-run homer tied things at nine a piece.
There would be no runs until the bottom of the eighth. If you’d like to take a guess as to who hit the go-ahead homer, I’ll give you a few seconds.
Okay, time is up.
If you guessed it was Trout, you’re correct! It was his second homer of the night and his seventh of the season, giving the Angels the 10-9 lead. He’s near the top of the leaderboard in the big leagues when it comes to home runs, and he missed nearly a week of the season. Yeah, this guy is pretty good.
Buttrey shut things down for the Angels in the ninth, securing the crazy come-from-behind victory. Maybe this is the kind of game that can spark the Angels and allow them to win some games to help them get back into the playoff picture.
WP: Felix Peña (1-0) 1 IP, 0 ER
LP: Yusmeiro Petit (0-1) 1 IP, 1 ER
SV: Ty Buttrey (2) 1 IP, 2 SO
Home runs: Mike Trout, 2 (7) Anthony Rendon (2) Shohei Ohtani (4) Matt Chapman, 2 (6)
The Angels will look to win the series on Tuesday night. Dylan Bundy (2-1, 2.08 ERA) takes the mound as he’ll square off against Mike Fiers (1-0, 5.63 ERA). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. PT on Fox Sports West.