#3 MLB game of 2018: 9/9/18, LAA/CHW

9/9/18
Angels 1, White Sox 0, 9 innings. Game time: 3:17. Attendance: 24,020. Strong wind in from RF.

This game had 10 hits, 1 run, and just one extra base hit, a double by Shohei Ohtani.
A fantastic pitcher’s duel: Andrew Heaney got the win for LAA, going 7 innings, allowing 3 singles, striking out 12. Ty Buttery and Blake Parker earned holds. Jose Alvarez got the one-batter save, inheriting 2 runners. Heaney’s role was .469, best of all pitchers, while Alvarez faced a huge 7.21 aLI situation.
Reynaldo Lopez went 6, allowing 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 10. Ian Hamilton was credited with the loss…0.2 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 K, facing 4 batters. The remaining 4 pitchers went 2.1 IP, 11 batters in all, 2 hits, 3 walks, 3 Ks.
Justin Upton for the Angles earned the grand sombrero, 4 Ks in 4 PAs. Mike Trout had 2 singles. David Fletcher made contact all 5 PAs. Kole Calhoun had the high aLI of 1.37. He also went the whole game in LF without a play in the field. Lowest was for Trout at .84.
White Sox: Moncada went 2 for 3. Tim Anderson made contact all 4 PAs, with 1 single. 10 batters recorded at least 1 strikeout. Nicky Delmonico as PH faced 7.21 aLI. Carlos Sanchez, also a PH, was at 4.07. Another PH, Daniel Palka, was 3.51. Best of the starters was Wellington Castillo, at 3.07.

The game was around 50% probability of winning until the 7th. Both sides each went 14 outs without a hit during the 9 innings. Neither team put a runner on 2nd until the bottom of the 5th. Davidson struck out but advanced on a WP. Moncada, 3 batters later, singled him to 2nd. Engel K’d.
Top 7th: Ian Hamilton entered for Lopez. He allowed a leadoff single to Jose Fernandez. Ward grounded him over to 2nd. Cowart walked, Briceno K’d. Frare entered for Hamilton and promptly surrendered a single to Calhoun, scoring Fernandez
Bottom 7th: Avisail Garcia singles to leadoff. Davidson on base via FC. Castillo flew out, LaMarre K’d.
Top 8: Following the 1 out Ohtani double, Upton fell victim to a K/DP, as Ohtani was caught stealing 3rd. Rick Renteria for CHW challenged the original SB call and was successful.
Bottom 8th: Moncada faces Buttrey and singles to lead off. Engel bunts him over. Palka PHs and K’s, Anderson lines out.
Top 9: Santiago replaces Minaya on the mound. Ward walks, Cowart strikes out. Santiago allows 2 consecutive walks. Ruiz on the mound now, gets Fletcher to fly out.
Bottom 9: Parker in to save for Buttrey. Sanchez, PH, singles to lead off. Garcia pops out. Davidson gets an HBP following a WP. Castillo lines out to CF, deep enough for Sanchez to reach 3rd. Alvarez gets the big save facing Delmonico, K looking.

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Condensed game:

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