After a five game slump for the LA Angels, Shohei Ohtani took the mound on Sunday and dominated. However, the Halos were right back to their losing ways in the opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. However, the next two games showed us a new Halos team.
When the LA Angels took the field against the Blue Jays in the second game of the series, they had two batters hitting under .200 in Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler. The Blue Jays had three such batters, but took the lead early with two solo home runs off Tyler Skaggs.
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The LA Angels of last week would buckle and call it in, for their bullpen was too decimated and their offense in too much of a slump.
However, they strung together a few runs in the sixth for a run, making it 3-1 Angels. Even that inning was scarred, as Calhoun was thrown out at third prior to a runner crossing the plate to end the inning.
The best players for the Angels took over. Andrelton Simmons caught a Josh Donaldson line drive that was only in the air for 1.4 seconds to prevent any damage. Then, Shohei Ohtani took the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning
He slugged a ball to center field on a broken bat single that brought in two runners. Then, Ohtani stole second, forcing the infield in to prevent the leading run on third. If not for that steal, Simmons’ ground ball up the middle would have been a routine double play. Instead, it snuck by the middle infielders for a single to drive in two runs.
To continue the bizarre ninth inning, Calhoun doubled up Curtis Granderson who was tagging from third, his seventh outfield assist of the year.
The Angels capped off the comeback, and weren’t done yet.
On Thursday, the Angels decided to just dominate from start to finish. Nick Tropeano threw 7.1 innings while allowing only one run on four hits. He struck out six before being pulled with 92 pitches. The offense was dominant, with five doubles, two Ho me runs (courtesy of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols) and two stolen bases (Trout and Kinsler).
For this Halos squad to have a comeback win and then a dominant performance against a solid team like the Blue Jays is huge going forward. They take on the juggernaut New York Yankees this weekend, and need all the confidence they can handle.