Mike Trout hit his 299th career home run, Dylan Bundy shoved, the Angels’ bullpen blew it in the ninth, and Shohei Ohtani walked it off in the bottom of the 11th as they defeated the Astros, 6-5.
Let’s start with Trout. He put the Angels on the board early, as his two-run shot in the first inning game the club the lead. That homer tied him with Tim Salmon for the most homers in franchise history. Not only will his next home run be the 300th of his career, he will sit a top the leaderboard... a spot he likely will never give up.
The Angels scored a total of three runs in the innings and batted around the lineup. They put another run on the board in the fourth as Jared Walsh hit his second homer of his career.
Moving on to Bundy, he had yet another great start for the Angels. He gave them seven strong innings, throwing 100 pitches and allowing only two runs. Bundy struck out eight and walked only one. This was the fourth start of 2020 in which he struck out at least eight hitters.
Bundy was able to escape multiple jams on the night and really limit the damage. In the first, Houston had runners on first and second with no outs but failed to score a run. After they scored two off him in the fourth, the Astros had two on with one out and stranded them both. It could have been a big inning, but Bundy was able to escape the inning having allowed only two runs. Over the sixth and seventh innings Houston had a runner on second but failed to bring them in too.
The Angels had a three run lead entering the ninth, but the bullpen quickly saw that lead evaporate. Ty Buttrey allowed back-to-back hits to begin the inning. A passed ball and a groundout later, the Astros were within one run. Matt Andriese took over for Buttrey and needed just one strike to win the game for the Angels. He couldn’t throw it, as Kyle Tucker tied the game with a single.
Jo Adell began the bottom of the 10th on second base. A sacrifice bunt advanced him to third. After Andrelton Simmons got hit by a pitch, Trout stepped up to the plate. It would have been the perfect time for home run No. 300. Instead, he struck out swinging.
The Angels walked it off in the 11th thanks to a single from Ohtani. Trout began the inning at second base and came in to score on the hit.
WP: Matt Andriese (2-2) 2 2⁄3 IP, 0 ER, 3 SO
LP: Brooks Raley (0-1) 1 1⁄3 IP, 1 ER
The Angels play a double-header tomorrow. Griffin Canning will make the start in the first game for LA. First pitch of the first game is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. PT.