LA Angels bats come alive at least for one night, rescues bullpen
By David Rice
The LA Angels have had a problem scoring runs as of late and even more troubling is their pitching especially the bullpen has struggled mightily over the past two weeks where the Angels have gone 2-8.
Monday night for the LA Angels was no different except for one small thing they won. The game started out pretty well even though the Rockies jumped to a 2-0 lead early thanks to a Tony Walters homer and a Nolan Arenado ground out in the third inning off of Odrisamer Despaigne.
However, the Angels fought back with a four run 4th inning highlighted by a Mike Trout RBI single and a Shohei Ohtani three-run blast to center to help the Angels take a 4-2 lead. Trout extended the Angels lead with a laser beam solo homer to left and it looked like the Angels were sitting pretty up 5-2. But as they say all good things must come to an end and in the top of the 8th the Rockies loaded the bases and D.J. LeMahieu made the Angels pay smashing a grand slam just inside the left field foul pole to give the Rockies a 7-5 lead.
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Many fans flooded toward the exit, but for those who stayed they saw the Angels do the Rockies one better in the bottom of the eighth. The Angels loaded the bases off of Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino and then Andrelton Simmons delivered a sacrifice fly to score Mike Trout from third to cut the Colorado lead to one at 7-6. The Angels again loaded the bases on a Kaleb Cowart two-out walk and Eric Young Jr. came through with a two-run single to center to give the Angels an 8-7 lead.
For good measure David Fletcher hit a grounder to the hole and Rockies shortstop Trevor Story threw a ball in the dirt which got by first baseman Ian Desmond bringing home Cowart and Young Jr. with two big insurance runs making it 10-7 Angels. Noe Ramirez closed it out with a perfect ninth inning and the Angels six game losing streak was over.
Even though the season is essentially done, it is nice to see the Angels keep fighting. This will hopefully bode well for next season. We will have to wait and see.