Angels Ambush Bettis

It was over early Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver.  Albert Pujols drove a Chad Bettis (4-4, 4.95) fastball into the pavilion in left-center-field with 2 aboard to put the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out to a 3-0 lead that would prove enough.  The Angels would go on to add 5 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd, posting an additional run and a quarter onto Bettis’ ERA in the process, and defeated the Colorado Rockies 10-2.

The Ghost of Jeremy Guthrie inhabited Bettis early.  Kole Calhoun doubled with one out in the 1st, and the right-hander hit Mike Trout ahead of the Pujols Big Fly.  Matt Joyce led off the 2nd with a rainbow into the center-field fountains.  Bettis then walked former Rockie Chris Iannetta, who moved up on a bunt by Anaheim starter Andrew Heaney (2-0, 1.77) and scored on a Johnny Giavotella single.  Calhoun singled behind Giavotella and ahead of a 3-run shot to left by the center-fielder Trout.  In the 3rd David Freese had a lead-off single, and then it was Iannetta going deep, also into the fountains.  Bettis was gone after 2-2/3, giving way to Yohan Flande.

Flande put a lid on it.  Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss indicated Bettis was “straight,” “in the middle of the  zone,” and “they didn’t miss.”  Flande’s particular blend of funk took the fun out things for the Angels, who went scoreless over the final 6-1/3.  Anaheim was without a hit against the right-hander up until the 8th, when Freese and Daniel Robinson singled with one out, but Flande got Iannetta and Heaney to turn it over to Christian Friedrich for the 9th.

Heaney was tough for Anaheim, allowing the 2 Rockies runs on 8 hits over 7-1/3.  He struck-out 5. Fernando Salas took the last 2 in the 8th and Mike Morin handled the 9th for the Angels.

The inter-league rivals are back at it tonight in another 6:40 start out at the old ball park in LoDo.  Chris Rusin is up for Colorado and LAAoA will counter with Matt Shoemaker.

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DonnyDinger
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DonnyDinger
5 years ago

Flande was horrible in extra innings against Arizona the other night (6 pitches, 2 hits and the walkoff for the Dbacks). For him to come up spectacular in long mop-up saved the Rox bullpen for another day. He is definitely a long, low-leverage type as a change of pace to the exiting starter – and shouldn’t be in any other role. I found the Patrick Saunders comment interesting – the Rox starting lineup must be “sick to death of starting… Read more »

JulieG
JulieG
5 years ago

I think that when you are continually awful as a team that when you fall behind by multiple runs early that you tend to fold the tents. We do not just chip away as a number of our players just start looking for the win by homer scenario or when they are up or are so insecure that they are so anxious that the first pitch looks like their best chance so they go for it. Sad, since you would… Read more »

sdcarp
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sdcarp
5 years ago
Reply to  JulieG

An engrained loser’s mentality is a hard thing to overcome. The first step needs to be a total Front Office house cleaning. But we don’t have an Owner with the guts to take that step.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Meanwhile they won’t “rush” Jon Gray. I think they’ll wait till he’s 40 because they like the old guys.

Gary
Gary
5 years ago

I’m really sick and tired of having the game over before I can finish supper.Thank God cable has a multitude of other worthless ways to pass the time.When we get thru the third inning with out being behind its often becomes interesting win or lose.

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Has anybody else seen the new format and rules for the home-run hitting contest. It’s so contrived that it must have been written by a lawyer. See http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/page/allstar2015_hrderbyformat/new-format-2015-home-run-derby The HR hitting contests have become boring and I think they went to the timed rules to make it more exciting. Except they’ve made it so complicated as to when the clock stops I’m sure about 3 people in the world can figure it. The only contests recently that I liked was… Read more »

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