Even if it is not solved, it is the LA Angels that are really not solved.
The Angels lost 6-9 against the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California on the 19th (Korean time)바카라. With this defeat, the team recorded a season record of 60 wins and 63 losses. It is a ‘7.5’ game difference with the Seattle Mariners (67-55), who are third in the wild card, which is the last line to advance to the postseason. In fact, it is one step further away from fall baseball.
On this day, the Angels raised the atmosphere with Shohei Ohtani’s grand slam home run at the beginning of the game. Ohtani scored 4 runs with a single swing in the second at-bat, which was a tight 1-1 game.
In the bottom of the second inning, with two outs loaded, he hit the high cutter of opponent starter Erasmo Ramirez and fired a grand slam (Season No. 43) that went over the right fence. The ball flew 389 feet (about 118.5 m) at a speed of 102.1 miles (about 164.3 km) per hour with a launch angle of 28 degrees.
The Angels went ahead with Ohtani’s grand slam homer to take a 5–1 lead. However, they conceded consecutive runs in the middle and late half of the game and allowed a comeback to 5-6. At the end of the 7th inning, with 2 out and 2 base, Brandon Drury hit an RBI double to balance the game 6-6.
It was a tie situation, but the Angels repeated innings in an uneasy atmosphere. And in the top of the ninth inning, lead hitters Yandy Diaz and Randy Arosarena hit consecutive hits, making it 1st and 3rd base safely. If they conceded here, the atmosphere could have calmed down ahead of the attack at the bottom of the ninth inning. Several lucks followed and the crisis was overcome.
Harold Ramirez’s batted ball went straight to the shortstop, and he caught a double hit between the shortstop, second baseman, and first baseman, and quickly raised two outcounts. In the meantime, third base runner Diaz dug home, and first baseman Nolan Chanuel sniped Diaz with an accurate throw, completing a triple play. It was the first triple play by the Angels since 1997.
The Angels seemed to be gaining momentum, but that was it. In the top of the 10th inning, Rayleigh, Lowe, and Pinto hit 1 RBI in a timely manner on the 1st and 3rd bases, making it 6-9. After that, he couldn’t score in the bottom of the 10th and lowered his head. He hit a grand slam and triple play, but lost the game.
After the game, many boos were directed at the Angels. LA local media ‘LA Times’ sarcastically criticized the current situation of the Angels, saying, “Even Ohtani’s grand slam and triple play could not save the Angels from defeat.”
American media ‘Barstool Sports’ reporter Jared Carabis said on his personal SNS, “The Angels hit a grand slam for the first time since 1857 and made a triple play, but they were left as a losing team. I had to fall into a sense of loss,” he said bitterly.
The Angels recorded a season record of 60-63 with an ignominious loss on the day. It is a ‘7.5’ game difference with the Seattle Mariners (67-55), who are third in the wild card, which is the last line to advance to the postseason. In fact, it is one step further away from fall baseball.