Friday, July 07, 2023

Series Thread (Games 88-89): July 7-8 vs. Angels

Fri Jul 7 7p: Gonsolin vs. Canning
Sat Jul 8 6p: TBD vs. Detmers

No Angels? Not the German female supergroup, of course. We're talking the Los Angeles Angels, who have lost Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Anthony Rendon in this week alone. The Dodgers certainly aren't weeping, having had their own pitching staff decimated by injuries all season long, capped by Daniel Hudson's injury to his other knee, after working his way back from ACL surgery last year.

Hudson had just closed out Wednesday's win against the Pirates, in his third appearance of the year, earning his first save. Now, he'll be out for at least a month, and possibly the rest of this season.

But back to the Angels! They too are struggling for the playoffs, aiming for a Wild Card spot while sitting in third place in the AL West, 6.5 games behind Texas (and 3.5 games out of a Wild Card spot). The Dodgers have inched their way back to a half-game deficit to the Diamondbacks, and hold the NL's second Wild Card spot. Let's see if we can make up any more ground in these last two games before the All-Star Break.


Steve Sax said...

Bummed for Daniel Hudson.

And for this team.

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Betts 2B
Freeman 1B
Smith C
Muncy 3B
Martinez DH
Peralta LF
Heyward RF
Outman CF
Rojas SS

Gonsolin P

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For the Angels: Ohtani batting leadoff. No Trout or Rendon.

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Well, we were up 4-0 and Gonsolin looked good…until the fourth. And now it’s 4-3 on a three-run HR, with Gonsolin missing the zone.

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Betts with his second HR of the game!

5-3 LA

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Mookie with a two-run double!

7-3 LA

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Gonsolin sure likes to give up the long ball right after we expand a lead.

Home run yielded to Moustakas, so it's now 7-4 LA in the seventh.

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On the positive side, Gonsolin is actually pitching into the seventh, which is needed given this bullpen (not to mention his short starts of late).

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Vesia comes in and Ks Ohtani on three pitches! Holy smokes that is cool.

7-4 LA at the stretch

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The rout is on!

11-4 LA, off a two-run Will Smith HR.

Angels falling apart here, with a double play throwing error, not to mention a Miguel Rojas (?!) RBI double.

11-4 through 8 full

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Dodgers remain a half-game behind the Diamondbacks.

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Dodgers up 6-0 through 2! Leadoff HR for Mookie in the first, and then a big second inning for the Dodgers!

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Detmers has now hit three Dodgers with pitches.

Stay classy, Angels!