The Los Angeles Angels pulled off a stunning comeback to defeat the Houston Astros in a high-scoring affair on Saturday night. Shohei Ohtani’s 33rd home run of the season sparked the Angels’ rally in the ninth inning, while rookie Trey Cabbage scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a throwing error by Astros’ shortstop Grae Kessinger.
The game was a rollercoaster of emotions for both teams. The Angels found themselves trailing by six runs in the seventh inning and by three runs in the ninth before mounting their comeback. The AL West rivals combined for a total of 18 runs in the final four innings, making it a thrilling and much-needed victory for the Angels, who had previously lost 10 of their last 11 games.
The Astros’ starting pitcher, Framber Valdez, left the game in the seventh inning due to an apparent injury concern. This led to a meltdown by the Astros’ bullpen, which allowed eight hits and eight runs, six of which were earned.
Ohtani’s home run in the ninth inning tied the game at 9-9, following a dramatic three-run homer by Mike Moustakas in the seventh inning. However, Chas McCormick quickly put the Astros back ahead with a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
In the 10th inning, Cabbage, playing only his second major league game, scored the winning run on Kessinger’s throwing error. The Angels erupted in celebration as they snapped their six-game losing streak in improbable fashion.
The Astros had their own moments of power, with José Abreu hitting a three-run homer during a five-run seventh inning. But the Angels responded with an even bigger rally, highlighted by Zach Neto’s two-run homer off Valdez before his abrupt departure from the game due to injury.
Despite the thrilling victory, the Angels faced some concerns. Star player Ohtani has been dealing with minor finger injuries that have affected his pitching performances. However, manager Phil Nevin expects Ohtani to make his next mound start despite the finger issues. The team is also hopeful for the returns of Brandon Drury and rookie Logan O’Hoppe from their respective injuries.
Looking ahead, Houston’s Cristian Javier will try to secure his first victory in six starts in the series finale against the Angels’ Tyler Anderson. Both teams will be eager to build on their performances and finish the series on a high note.
In conclusion, the Los Angeles Angels staged an incredible comeback against the Houston Astros, thanks to Ohtani’s home run and Cabbage’s winning run. The game was a back-and-forth battle, with both teams showcasing their offensive prowess. Despite their recent struggles, the Angels found a way to end their losing streak and ignite the team with newfound confidence.