I doubt I’m the only one sensing a pattern here . . .
ON the MOUND Well, I guess it was bound to happen – a sub par outing for Monty 😦
Started out promising, even though he threw 20 pitches in the 1st, he was able to get out of trouble (with a lot of help from his DEE) and then posted a 1-2-3 in the 2nd
After that, it was all down hill . . . FIVE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FIVE runs ~ ZERO walks ~ THREE strikeouts
} Danny didn’t help much, giving up a 2-run homer to Cron (his second of the game) on the first pitch he threw in the 7th and then a lead-off homer to Trout (his second as well) in the 8th before retiring the rest of the batters in order
} Joe and Vidal post a combined TWO scoreless innings
AT the PLATE NINE total hits . . . .
~ including FOUR doubles (Kyle, Robbie, Guti, Ack)
~ and a homer (Mark)
~ Jesus got a hit in his 2015 debut!
~ Mark continues his hot streak
~ Guti and Ack both with TWO hits
Normally, that would be considered a nice, productive game but, it paled in comparison to the night before and, more importantly to the Halos production tonight. At least they tried to make it a bit exciting: Mark’s homer didn’t come until the bottom of the 9th (w/Kyle aboard via HBP and no outs).
But too little, too late. At least I thoroughly enjoyed my crab sandwich . . .
IN the FIELD
* Kyle made a nice play to get Calhoun hung up between 3B and home w/one out in the 1st
* Chris had an unfortunate error, what seemed a sure DP ended up not even getting ONE out
* Robbie made a beautiful shoe-top snare near the bag at 2B for the second out of the 6th
* Good to see Jesus able to stretch and dig a bit at 1B
* Despite his recent pitching struggles, Danny still fields his position well – nice play on a chopper down the 1B line and toss to Jesus for the second out of the 7th
tweets of the game . . .
C.J. Cron gives Angels 4-1 lead with leadoff HR in fourth. Montgomery allowed 2 HRs in 50 IP first seven games. He's allowed 2 tonight.
Nando, Vidal and Danny being Nando, Vidal and Danny 😦
they combined for THREE hits, TWO walks, TWO runs in ONE.TWO innings
and Carson SAVES the day 🙂
after the DP that Danny induced was over-turned and and then he allowed a walk to load the bases – Carson came in and got a ground out to end the game and earn his SIXTH save preserving Felix’s ELEVENTH victory.
AT the PLATE
OK, with NINETEEN hits they should have had a LOT more than SEVEN runs but, we won’t complain!
(even though they were thrown out AT the PLATE THREE times!)
~ EVERY batter had at least ONE hit
~ in fact, there were only THREE M’s batters that DIDN’T have multiple hits
~ LoMo with a lead-off homer
~ Robbie and Mark with doubles and, something we have RARELY (if ever!) seen this season . . .
back-to-back sac flys 🙂
Who needs hits w/RISP?!? (but, FTR, they were 5/15 for that tonight)
IN the FIELD
* Seth with an OF assist to Kyle to nail a runner at 3B
* Kyle had a great bare-handed, charge to field a bunt
It started slow but then, down THREE/ZIP the M’s came back to take what may have been the shortest lived 5-3 lead ever, as the Tiggers answered in the 6th (w/FIVE) AND the 7th (w/FOUR)
ON the MOUND Kuma’s return from the DL was a bit dicey, to put it mildly 😦
He put up 1-2-3 in the 1st and 3rd but, allowed FOUR home runs ~ all solo shots ~ ONE in the 2nd, TWO in the 4th, ONE in the 6th and after a single followed the homer – he was done . . . FIVE innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FIVE runs/earned runs ~ ZERO walks ~ THREE strikeouts
} Guaipe was a mess: TWO hits, a walk and THREE earned runs w/o recording an out
} from the frying pan to the fire: Rollins was able to get THREE outs but, not before he gave up FOUR runs
} FINALLY, Joe and Carson were able to stop the bleeding: combining for THREE scoreless innings – too little, too late
AT the PLATE M’s had their chances in the 1st through the 3rd . . .
– w/runners on EVERY time (TWICE stranding a runner at 3B) bats came alive in the 4th and 5th . . .
– Seth walked, Ack tripled home the first run, Brad doubled home the second run to get the M’s within ONE in the 4th
– Robbie and Seth singled and LoMo launched one to give the M’s the lead (5-3) in the 5th deep freeze in the 6th through the 9th . . .
– TWO measly singles
IN the FIELD
* THREE double-plays (including a beautiful, ’round the horn, inning ending variety 5th)
(hate to think what the score might have been without them ;-( )
tweets of the game . . .
Iwakuma with a 1-2-3 first in his first game back since April 20. Did have to survive a hard comebacker from Cespedes, but all good.
ON the MOUND wOw ~ what a start by Monty ~ against his original team, no less!
The Royals have the fewest strikeouts in the majors – Mike K’d them TEN times! The first couple innings looked a bit shaky . . .
in the 1st: he loaded the bases on a couple of singles and a HBP in the 1st – strikeout and then DP
In the 2nd: runners at 1B and 2B w/NO outs – he strikes out the side
and that would be the first THREE of SEVENTEEN in-a-row retired.
the only other base runners came in the 7th (reached on an error) and the 9th (TWO out single)
NINE innings ~ FOUR hits (all singles) ~ ZERO runs ~ ZERO walks ~ TEN strikeouts
AT the PLATE Love, Love, Lovin’ this version of the “OH” . . .
~ Kyle unable to score from 2B in the 2nd when Ack hits a double because it was of the ground rule variety
~ Kyle unable to score from 3B when Ack hits a single to shallow LF (but is able to touch home via Brad’s bases-loaded walk)
~ Speaking of Ack = THREE for THREE w/a 2-run homer (a triple short of the cycle)
~ Robbie and Seth also w/multi-hit games (Robbie w/a double and Seth w/ a RBI single)
~ LoMo w/his 9th homer, a solo shot, and another RBI via FC
~ Brad w/ a bases loaded walk (to start the scoring in the 4th)
~ Zu w/an RBI single and a walk