The LA Angels were able to pull out a victory on Tuesday night. However, the Minnesota Twins also won, thinning the Angels playoffs hopes even more with five games to go.
The LA Angels beat the Chicago White Sox by a score of 9-3 on Tuesday night. Parker Bridwell got the call and came up big once again for the Halos. The Angels offense was also able to rally around Bridwell’s performance to make a statement.
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The Angels offense got rolling in the second inning. The White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, who beat out Matt Shoemaker for Rookie of the Year honors in 2014, took Bridwell deep in the first inning. However, the Angels responded with three home runs of their own. Brandon Phillips, Luis Valbuena, and Mike Trout all send balls flying out of the park, taking an early 6-1 lead.
Trout’s home run was his 31st on the year and 199th in his career, putting him in good shape to hit the 200 mark with five games to go. Abreu would go yard again in the sixth inning for his 33rd on the year.
Bridwell would finish the game by going 6.2 innings and allowing three runs on five hits. He only struck out one, once again proving he can win games by allowing his defense to make plays.
While the Angels won by a large margin due to their slugfest, the Twins were also able to outlast the Cleveland Indians in a tight game, winning 8-6. This puts the Angels elimination number at one game. With five games to go for both the Angels and Twins, the Angels now need perfection to force a Game 163 against the Twins.
The Angels must win their remaining five games (two against the White Sox, three against the Mariners) to keep their playoff dreams alive. They also have to hope the Twins pull off an Atlanta Falcon-like choke job, and lose their remaining five games.