It was a rainy Wednesday in Detroit, wet enough to cause a delay. But the real deluge came in the bottom of the sixth of a 1-1 tie when the Los Angeles Angels brought in the relievers.
As has been the case all too often this season that turned on the faucet for runs by the Tigers, who scored five times and went on to win 6-1. The loss dropped the Angel record to 30-26, which puts the team in third place in the American League West, 4.5 games back of the first place Houston Astros.
Shohei Ohtani made the start for the Orange County team and did well, working five innings while yielding three hits and one run. He struck out five batters and walked three.
But then Cam Bedrosian (1-1) came in to pitch the sixth after a long rain delay. In one-third of an inning, he gave up four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman. The next Angel reliever – Jim Johnson – did only a little better, being hit for one run on two hits in 1.2 innings.
At bat, the Angels couldn’t do much against the Tiger pitching staff. They had just seven hits – Ian Kinsler had two – and went one for eight with runners in scoring position.
The game did produce two special moments. Ohtani threw a fastball that was clocked at 101.1 miles an hour – fastest this season in all of MLB. During a rain delay, a goose landed on the field and mostly evaded efforts to corral him. When the game resumed, the Tigers scored five runs, thereby winning for the bird the name of “Rally Goose.”
On Thursday the Angels will send Andrew Heaney (2-3) to the mound to start the final game of May 2018. Ryan Carpenter (0-1) will go for the Tigers.
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