Both teams started the scoring off early. Jon Jay lead off the top of the first with a single. Paul Goldschmidt struck out, and Jake Lamb single. During Lamb’s at bat, Angel’s starter Felix Pena launched a wild pitch, so after the single, Jay ended up at third. Peralta came to the plate and grounded into a fielder’s choice, bringing Jay home from third. In the bottom of the inning, Ian Kinsler lead off with a solo home run off Matt Koch in response. Tied at 1
Arizona put together another threat in the top of the third inning. After Jon Jay grounded out for the first out, Goldy and Lamb both walked. Felix Pena threw another wild pitch and both runners advanced to second and third. Peralta came to the plate and got the same result as before, except this time they threw Goldschmit out at home, so it became runners on first and third with two outs. Daniel Descalso struck out, and the threat was ended.
Meanwhile, Matt Koch had been doing fairly well. He had an easy 1-2-3 second, but the third was less easy. A lead off single to Chris Young started things, but Koch followed it with a pop out from David Fletcher and a fielder’s choice from Ian Kinsler for the first two outs. In a turn of events that surprised no one, Mike Trout walked, but Justin Upton popped up to first to end the inning. Still tied at 1
That tie was broken in the fifth inning. Jake Lamb drew a two out walk, giving Peralta another chance. This time he didn’t ground into a fielder’s choice, and instead laced a double to center field, scoring Lamb easily. He was stranded at second, however, when Descalso struck out for the second time. 2-1 Dbacks.
And for some inexplicable reason, the game ended right then and there and we all get to go to bed happy.
Well, actually it didn’t. Matt Koch started off the bottom of the fifth by hitting Martin Maldonado with a pitch. CY flew out, but Fletcher singled and Koch hit another batter, Kinsler, to load the bases. That prompted a visit to the mound as Mike Trout came to the plate. Honestly, I might have advocated the Barry Bonds approach and walked him, even though the bases were loaded, and faced Upton and Pujols instead. The Diamondbacks didn’t go that route, though, and it burned them. Trout singled to center, scoring two. Fletcher then came around to score on a throw from Dyson that got away from Marte. Upton flew out for the second out, and Pujols singled. Andrelton Simmons ended the inning on a force out. 4-2 Angels.
There was no answer back from the Dbacks in the top of the sixth, as Marte, Murhpy, and Ahmed went down in order on ten pitches. In the bottom of the inning, Kole Calhoun extended Anaheim's lead on a lead off home run. 5-2 Angels.
In the seventh and eighth the Diamondbacks were struck out six times, with a couple of walks sandwiched in during the seventh. They made it closer in the ninth. With two outs, Jon Jay singled, bringing Goldy to the plate. He continued the tear he’s been on the past couple of weeks and knocked a homer to cut the deficit to only one run. Lamb wasn’t able to keep the magic going, though, and lined out to end the inning. 5-4 Angels
Another One Rides the Bus: Jake Lamb, 9.1%
Party at the Leper Colony: Matt Koch, -32.6
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