For the first time in a very long time, something has gone right for the Los Angeles Angels.
Yesterday, they managed to avoid being swept by the Atlanta Braves, busting out for nine runs against the defending World Series champs.
The final score of the game was 9-1.
Starter Reid Detmers managed to throw five scoreless innings and earn the win for the Halos.
In fact, the win broke quite a shocking streak of misfortune for the Angels.
After the game, Sam Blum, the Angels beat reporter from The Athletic, tweeted that this was the first game the Angels had won without Shohei Ohtani pitching since June 27.
The Angels beat the Braves, 9-1. It was one of the few times recently where the starting pitching, bullpen, offense and defense came together in one game.
It’s the Angels’ first win that Ohtani didn’t pitch since June 27.
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) July 24, 2022
Angels Break An Ominous Trend
Finally, other members of the Angels showed up to play and carried some of the load, taking a lot of pressure off of Ohtani.
He and Mike Trout can only do so much.
They’ve been the ones who have carried this team since they went into a tailspin at the beginning of June.
But for the first time in a while, the Angels won a game that Ohtani did not pitch in.
It’s hard to believe that it had been since June 27 that the Halos had won a game that Ohtani wasn’t pitching in.
A lot of crazy stuff has happened this season for the Angels.
They went from being one of the best teams in the American League to perhaps one of the worst in such a short amount of time, and they have yet to get back on a roll and start winning some games.
But a win against the defending champions will help them out a bit.
They’ll open up a series tonight against the Kansas City Royals, with Noah Syndergaard taking the ball.