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With Attention on Ohtani, Angels Surging After The Break

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Everyone’s eyes have been all over what the Los Angeles Angels will be doing at the trading deadline with Shohei Ohtani, but as the organization has been contemplating their next move, the players on the field are winning games.

After sweeping the New York Yankees in three games, the Angels won their 50th game of the season on Friday night after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5.  One thing that stood out from Friday’s game was that Ohtani gave up five runs on six hits, and allowed four home runs in 6.1 innings pitched and still earned the victory. The impressive part of the night, is that he still struck out nine batters in the game.

Trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning the Angels offense broke through for five runs on a RBI double off the bat of Mickey Moniak, a Mike Moustakas three run home run, followed by a jack from Trey Cabbage to take a 5-2 lead.

But Ohtani would allow the Pirates to pull within 5-4, on Pittsburgh third home run of the game from Jack Suwinski. The Angels answered right back with a lead-off home run from Zach Neto. After Ohtani and Moniak struck out, Taylor Ward hit his 12th on the season to put LA up 8-4.

The Pirates added one more home run off Ohtani as Henry Davis launched his second of the game, a leadoff opposite field shot to right center field, to make the score 8-5. Ohtani got of of the inning without allowing any more runs, and was then pulled after one out in the seventh inning. The Angels bullpen then came in and shut the door the rest of the game securing LA’s fourth straight win and overall since the break they are 5-2. The Angels sit at 50-48 and eight games behind the division leading Texas Rangers. As for the Wild Card, LA is creeping closer as they are four games out.

Top Angels Offense Players Since All Star Break

Zach Neto – Currently has a six game hitting streak, with two home runs, and five RBIs in that span.

Shohei Ohtani – Has hit safely in five of his last seven games. Batting .347 (8 for 23), 10 Runs, a Double, 3 HRs, 5 RBIs, 11 BBs.

Mickey Moniak – Currently has an 11-game hitting streak dating back to July 4th. Since the break, he is batting .516 (16-31), with 4 Runs, Double, Triple, HR, 6 RBIs, BB, SB.

Taylor Ward – Has hit safely in five of last seven games, batting .321 (9 for 28), 9 Runs, 3 Doubles, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 6 BBs.

Mike Moustakas – Has not had a a lot of hits, but he has launched three home runs, and driven in seven in the span.

What’s Next

After their Pittsburgh three game series is over on Sunday, they travel to Detroit for three games to take on the 44-53 Tigers who are 6-4 in their last 10 games. Then they head north of the Border to battle with the 54-44 Toronto Blue Jays with a chance to gain some ground on their Wild Card lead. The road won’t get easier, as they finish their road trip against the NL East leading Atlanta Braves. But by then the trading deadline would have past and any moves along with it.

A strong road trip and winning games may be enough to keep Ohtani in LA and battle for a postseason spot. Next two weeks are key for LA and their fans.


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