We get another great start from Marcus Stroman and, again, we don’t score for him. Marcus went 7 innings allowed just 4 hits, 3 earned (one after he left the game), 1 walks with 3 strikeouts. He was getting a lot of soft contact, 13 ground outs, 2 fly outs. Well, a lot of soft contact except for the 2 solo homers in the fifth inning, when Kole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin took him deep.
He gave up a single to start the 8th inning and came out of the game. Again, he didn’t look happy to come out, but he was at 102 pitches.
Tim Mayza came in and threw a wild pitch, moving the runner to second, then struck out Justin Upton. Then there was soft fly ball to right, but, since we insist on our outfielders play so deep, it fell in front of Cavan Biggio. The runner from second should have scored but it didn’t matter, he score on a softly hit ground out.
Two outs and a runner on second, Joe Biagini came in to face Mike Trout and hit him (why intentional walk a guy when you can just pluck him) and then got a ground out to end the inning. He pitched a nice quick ninth as well.
On offense, we were as usual anemic. 3 hits on the day.
Lourdes Gurriel homered to give us our run. He got it on the end of the bat, and I didn’t think he could go but it was well out of the park.
We should have added more in the fifth inning. Randal Grichuk started us off with a single. Rowdy Tellez followed with a single to right but Randal decided to go first to third, even though he held up to let the single go past him and he was thrown out easily. Stupid baseball, really can’t make the first out trying to get an extra base.
After that Freddy Galvis reached on a Angels’ shortstop Luis Rengifo error, which would have scored Grichuk. Next up, Danny Jansen lined one right at the shortstop and Tellez was too far off second and got doubled off. Our best chance at getting some runs wasted.
Jay of the Day: I’m giving one to Marcus. He pitched well, and made a couple of nice plays on defense.
Suckage: Jansen had the number (-.167) but he lined the ball hard into that double play, which got him most of that number, and he hit a hard liner to the outfield which was caught. Tellez also has the number (-.106), and that doesn’t include him getting caught off second.
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