Trailing by one run with the bases empty, the Angels were one out away from being swept by the Red Sox. Mike Trout singled, extending hope and putting the tying run on first base.
Shohei Ohtani stepped up to the plate, representing the go-ahead run. Before we could even think about him potentially doing something magical, he swung at the first pitch and gave the Angels the lead, and ultimately the 6-5 victory.
Ohtani crushed his 12th home run of the season, tied for the lead in the majors. There hasn’t been a bigger home run this season than the one this afternoon. It looked as if the Angels were about to get swept and watch their losing streak grow.
Instead, they pull out the incredible come-from-behind victory. Maybe with this win, a new spark can be lit with this team. A spark they desperately need.
The Angels jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. After the first two players reached base, Taylor Ward singled in a run. Phil Gosselin and Drew Butera delivered with hits of their own, pushing the lead to four.
Jose Quintana was cruising for the Angels and having his best start of the season, but things began to fall off the rails in the fifth. With a 4-1 lead entering the inning, he allowed a home run and a single and was taken out of the game. Aaron Slegers replaced him, and things didn’t get any better. He allowed three consecutive hits, allowing the Red Sox to take the 5-4 lead.
There would be no runs from both sides until the top of the ninth.
It got awfully close though, as Boston had the game-winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Mayers entered the game, walking two of the first three hitters he faced. Luckily he kept this game in control, striking out the final two hitters to win the game for the Angels.