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OC Register: Angels missing the big hit or the big out in loss to Brewers

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MILWAUKEE — The Angels and Milwaukee Brewers each had a chance to take the lead in the eighth inning on Friday night.

The Angels failed and the Brewers succeeded.

That was the difference in the Angels’ 2-1 loss, a game that wasted a strong outing from starter Tyler Anderson.

The Angels’ hitters came up empty for most of the night, scoring only on a Gio Urshela two-out single in the fourth. They had leadoff baserunners in the fifth, seventh and eighth and could not get any of them home.

With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth, slumping leadoff man Taylor Ward began the inning by reaching on an error, bringing up the heart of the order.

Mike Trout hit a flyout. Shohei Ohtani singled, sending Ward to third. Anthony Rendon, who had driven in seven of eight runners from third with less than two outs this season, then hit a fly ball to shallow center, not deep enough to get the run home. Hunter Renfroe grounded out, with first baseman Luke Voit sprawling and keeping his toe on the bag just long enough to get the out.

In the bottom of the inning, Aaron Loup gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning. The Angels got a force at second for the first out. Loup then struck out Voit.

Left-handed hitter Rowdy Tellez then yanked a single through the right side of the infield, driving in the go-ahead run.

The Angels came up against Brewers closer Devin Williams in the ninth, ending their three-game winning streak.

Despite the loss, it was an encouraging outing for Anderson, who gave up one run in 6-2/3 innings.

Anderson brought a 7.20 ERA into the game. After shutting out the hapless Oakland A’s for six innings in his first start of the season, Anderson had allowed 16 earned runs in 14 innings in his next three starts.

On Friday night, he got off to a bad start when he threw an 89 mph sinker over the middle of the plate and Willie Adames drilled it for a first-inning homer.

In the second, Anderson dug himself a hole by walking No. 9 hitter Joey Wiemer on four pitches, bringing up the top of the order. An infield hit then loaded the bases for Adames. Anderson struck him out on a sinker almost in the exact same spot as the one he hit out.

Anderson escaped a jam with runners at second and third when he struck out Christian Yelich on a four-seamer up in the zone.

After that, he cruised, retiring nine straight hitters before a seventh-inning walk ended his night.

More to come on this story.

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Tonight's umpire is the reason MLB needs to bring in the electronic umpire. I've been watching MLB for over 50 years and I'm not a fan of some of these new rules,  but i can honestly say that was the worst called game I've ever seen.

Not an excuse for the loss, but a perfect example why they need to replace these egomsniacs electronically.  It was almost like he had something to prove. Two to three baseballs off the plate and he was calling strikes. It really was pathetic. You know it's bad when even the broadcasters are bagging him.

It's time to turn them into clock watchers and out or safe "monitors" that can be overturned by replay when their ego gets in the way of calling a game correctly.  

Sorry for the novel on my first post, but this idiot had me fired up watching the game. 

This is long enough, so I won't even get started on Nevin, but how does any coach allow this kind of crap without speaking up for his players? It was truly pathetic!


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2 hours ago, Jethro Fan said:

Two to three baseballs off the plate and he was calling strikes. It really was pathetic. You know it's bad when even the broadcasters are bagging him.

Renfroe got called out on strikes on one of those and I had to start laughing, I think it was inside by at least two baseballs.

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