Tuesday 4/11: W 6-5 vs Texas
An almost unprecedented event, the Angels stormed back to win after trailing by 5 runs after 7 innings and trailing 5-2 entering the 9th inning. After pulling off a remarkable 7 run 9th inning to win vs Seattle on Sunday afternoon, the Angels came back to win another thriller on Tuesday. The Angels became the 1st team since the 1971 Detroit Tigers to win consecutive games after trailing 3+ runs entering the 9th inning. They also pulled off back to back wins after trailing by 5+ runs for the first time in team history(both tidbits courtesy of the wonderful Matt Birch). Sam Dyson tried closing the game down in the 9th inning but was rudely welcomed by a solo home run by Danny Espinosa. Mike Trout doubled home a run with 2 strikes and 2 outs and Albert Pujols played the hero role again, delivering a RBI single to tie the game up, sending Angel Stadium into a frenzy. Mike Trout robbed a would be Mike Napoli home run in the top of the 10th inning and Carlos Perez laid down a perfect squeeze bunt in the bottom of the inning, scoring Cameron Maybin and sealing another remarkable victory.
Wednesday 4/12: L 8-3 vs Texas
The Angels shockingly trailed by 5 runs entering the 9th inning and didn’t win the baseball game. Jesse Chavez labored through 4 1/3 innings and was undone by a 3 run 5th inning that brought his total line to 5 runs, 3 strikeouts, 2 walks and 2 home runs. Both of those home runs occurred in the 2nd inning, when Mike Napoli hit a 411 foot home run and Elvis Andrus pulverized a 436 foot home run to make it 2-0. The Angels struck back quickly to tie it up with back to back sacrifice flies, however. The Rangers big 5th inning started with a 2 run triple from Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar’s RBI single gave the Rangers all the runs they needed to pull off the win in Anaheim Wednesday night. A.J. Griffin pitched 6 useful innings for the Rangers, allowing 4 hits and 3 runs in 6 innings while striking 4 strikeouts and 1 walk, utilizing his fastball inside on hitter and using the big curveball for swing and misses. The Rangers bullpen tossed 3 scoreless innings, striking out Angels hitters.
Thursday 4/13: L 8-3 vs Texas
Two games in a row: same result. The Angels were undone once again by a poor starting pitching performance, this time by Ricky Nolasco, who pitched 5 innings and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits. His 7 strikeouts and 0 walks look good until you realize that Nolasco has a history of posting very nice peripherals without the sparkly ERA to match it. The Rangers offense was barreling up baseballs with ease on Thursday, evidenced early by the leadoff 412 foot 97 mph lead off blast by Carlos Gomez. Nomar Mazara later drilled a 106 mph blast that landed 410 feet away in the right field pavilion, extending the lead to 5-0 and giving the Rangers all the runs they needed. Daniel Wright, who was called up the previous game, struggled in 4 innings of work, striking out zero Rangers hitters and allowing 3 hits and 3 runs. He was immediately sent down following the game, showing Wright was likely called up to give length for one period during a blowout game. Mike Trout singled twice and walked and Danny Espinosa’s 102 mph blast in the 9th inning traveled 410 feet and drove in all 3 runs that the Angels had on the day.
Friday 4/14: L 7-1 @ Kansas City
The Angels had a rough start to the beginning of their road trip, losing 7-1 and continuing their 3 game slide after winning 4 games in a row. J.C. Ramirez made his 1st career start in place for what would’ve been Garrett Richards and Ramirez struggled, which shouldn’t have came as a surprise. As a long reliever, Ramirez has shown the ability to get 6-8 batters out but nothing in his track record has screamed “starter” and he labored through 5 innings. Ramirez allowed 5 runs on 4 hits and walked 2 while only striking out 3 batters. The big damage against him came in the 1st inning when Mike Moustakas drilled a 425 foot 2 run home run and the Royals kept that lead the rest of the game. Mike Trout singled home a run in the 1st for the only Angels run and the offense only had 7 runners, including 4 singles and 3 walks. Danny Duffy completely stifled the Angels offense, allowing 1 run on 3 hits in his 7 innings of work, striking out 6 batters and walking 2.
Saturday 4/15: L 3-2 @ Kansas City
The Angels finally received a good performance from their starting pitcher on Saturday night, seeing Matt Shoemaker toss 5.1 innings of ball and striking out 7 batters wand walking 2. He allowed 5 hits and 2 runs, a good standard for Angels starters so far this season. After a 31 pitch 1st inning, things didn’t look good for Shoemaker but he battled and was able to post a solid line. The offense, however, was stifled by the Royals pitching as they were held out of the extra base department for the 2nd straight game and only saw 3 Angels regulars reach base twice. Ben Revere had 2 singles, Mike Trout singled and walked twice and Cameron Maybin singled and walked. It was a tough night for the Angels bats again as Nate Karns, Mike Minor, Joakim Soria and Kelvin Herrera held the Angels to 6 measly singles and struck out 8 batters, although they walked 5 on the night.
Sunday 4/16: L 1-0 @ Kansas City
If Matt Shoemaker’s start was considered a success Saturday, Tyler Skaggs’ encore Sunday had to deemed a masterpiece. In 7 innings of work, Skaggs absolutely crushed the Royals lineup, spinning quality curveballs and a 90-94 mph fastball en route to a scoreless outing. Skaggs punched out 9 Royals, only walked 2 and didn’t allow any extra base hits. Unfortunately, the Angels bats were completely quiet the whole game, continuing their weekend long trend of doing zero damage. C.J. Cron doubled early on for the 1st Angels extra base hit but the only other hit came from Cliff Pennington and the only other baserunners were Yunel Escobar and Albert Pujols, who both walked. Alcides Escobar’s walk off single in the 9th inning was the only run scoring action of the game, breaking a 0-0 tie as the Angels bullpen couldn’t extend the game. Ian Kennedy, like Tyler Skaggs, shoved on Sunday, striking out 10 Angels hitters.
Runs Scored: 15
Runs Against: 32
LVP: Yunel Escobar
After a strong 1st week, Escobar had a combined 4 hits and 2 walks in 7 games, with 3 of those hits and 1 walk coming in Tuesday’s game. When Escobar isn’t hitting or taking his walks, he’s near worthless like he was this past week.