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Taylor Ward’s grand slam proves to be difference maker in Angels’ win

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The Angels get back in the win column

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Los Angeles Angels Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels’ game was on Youtube on Thursday night and a couple hundred thousand people watched them pick up the 7-5 victory over the Tigers.

If you had the over in this game, the last few innings were pretty brutal. Entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Angels led 2-1. Two innings later, there were nine more runs on the board. The offense started with the Halos putting five runs on the board in the bottom half of the seventh.

They had two hits and a fielders choice to begin the inning, loading the bases with zero outs. Jose Iglesias singled in a run to make it 3-1. The big play came shortly after, as Taylor Ward crushed the first pitch he saw for a grand slam, putting the Angels up by six runs.

Things got a little interesting, as the Angels’ bullpen allowed the Tigers to inch their way back into the game. Detroit scored three runs in the eighth, making it a 7-4 game. In the ninth, the Tigers had the game-tying run at the plate. Raisel Iglesias was able to record the final out, securing the two-run victory for the Angels.

Turning to the pitching side of things, Shohei Ohtani had another solid start for the Angels. He went six innings and allowed only one run. He struck out five and issued only one walk. Ohtani was also in the starting lineup. He didn’t record

He picked up his third win of the season and his ERA now sits at 2.70 on the season. In 53 13 innings, Ohtani has 73 strikeouts. Oh, by the way... he also has 19 homers with an OPS of nearly 1.000. It truly is insane what he’s doing out there.

The Angels are now one game under .500 and are 8.5 games back of first place. They’re 6.5 games back of the wild card spot.