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Historic Game: Angels Score 23 Runs Through First 4 Innings, Then Cruise To a 25-1 Victory Over the Rockies

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In this modern day of the game of baseball and all the new rules, it’s almost impossible to think that a team can put on such an offensive display like the Los Angeles Angels showcased on Saturday night in Colorado.

The Angeles defeated the Rockies, 25-1, in a game was that over after the first three innings with the score 15-0. But just for insurance purposes, the Halo’s added eight runs in the fourth and cruised to the victory.

The 25 runs marked a franchise record for the Angels as they last scored 24 runs in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays in 1979.

In the first inning, both sides failed to score a run. But in the top of the second, the Angels added two runs on a David Fletcher two RBI single scoring Hunter Renfroe and newcomer Eduardo Escobar.

After the Rockies put up another zero, Los Angeles added a resounding 13 runs in the top of the third to take a commanding 15-0 lead.

The inning started out with back-to-back-to-back homers from Mike Trout (17), Brandon Drury (13) and Matt Thaiss (4), ironically all on three straight pitches.

After a walk, force out, single and pop out, Tyler Ward singles to score two runs to put the Angels up 6-0. Next Shohei Ohtani singled home a run and after a walk to Trout, Drury singled home two runs to push the lead to 9-0.

Another Angels walk, and then Renfroe doubles to right, clearing the bases to make it 12-0. Another big at bat from Escobar plates Renfroe to make it 13-0. Mickey Moniak then homers (7) adding two more to extend the lead to 15-0.

At this point, some teams have been known to take their foot off the pedal, but not on Saturday night and not the Angels as they pushed across the plate eight more runs, to come within a run of tying their franchise record for runs at 24.

The highlights in the fourth, were an RBI single form Drury, a Thaiss RBI single, another Renfroe RBI double, a Moniak two run double, and a Fletcher two run home run (1) to top off the onslaught at 23-0.

Then in the sixth, the Angels tied their franchise record of 24 runs in a game, when Moniak scored on a force out. And just two innings later, they broke the record after Moniak scored again on another force out to push the score to 25-0.

The Rockies spoiled the party by adding a run in the bottom of the eighth in preventing the Angels from having the record for the biggest shutout in MLB history.

There will be a new trivia question; Who scored the run to tie the Angels franchise record for runs in a game and also scored the run that made the new franchise record for runs in a game?

It was a great game all around for the Angels, especially newcomer Eduardo Escobar, who the Angels received in a trade with the New York Mets on Friday. Escobar wasted no time in joining in on the fun as he went 2 for 4, scoring two runs and driving in a run in the blowout.

As for the rest of the offense:

Tyler Ward – 2 for 6, 2 Runs, 3 RBIs, BB

Mike Trout – 3 for 3, 3 Runs, HR (17), RBI, BB

Brandon Drury – 3 for 5, 3 Runs, HR (13), 4 RBIs

Matt Thaiss – 3 for 6, 3 Runs, HR (4), 2 RBIs, BB

Hunter Renfroe – 5 for 5, 3 Runs, 2 Doubles, 4 RBIs, BB

Mikey Moniak – 5 for 5, 5 Runs, 3 Doubles, HR (7), 4 RBIs

David Fletcher – 4 for 6, R, HR (1), 5 RBIs

Starting pitcher Griffin Canning won his sixth game after tossing six shutout innings, allowing just four hits, while striking out seven batters.

In a move that was announced just after the game, the Angels acquired Mike Moustakas from the Rockies on Saturday. As the Angels look to build on the huge victory and keep crawling towards a possible playoff berth, adding another bat to an already potent lineup could be what they finally need to get over the eight season playoff drought.

 

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