The Angels were two outs from winning the game on Friday night. With one out in the ninth, Ty Buttrey allowed the game-tying home run. After that, three Rockies reached base to load the bases. With two outs, Charlie Blackmon hit a walk-off grand slam to give Colorado the 8-4 win.
It was a brutal loss for the Angels, as they are 4.5 games back of the final playoff spot with only 14 games to go. Sure, there is still a solid chance for them to make the playoffs still, but 4.5 games is a lot of ground to make up in only 14 games. Had they won, they’d be only 3.5 games out. That game could prove to make a huge difference.
Earlier in the week the Halos lost to the Rangers who currently have the worst record in the American League. With that loss and tonight’s, it really is going to be tough if the Angels finish one or two games back. That was a game they should have won along with tonight.
Following the game, Joe Maddon and Buttrey talked with the media and still remain confident this team has what it takes to made a run at October. Will they be able to pull it off? We’ll just have to wait and see.