ANAHEIM – Los Angeles was finally able to see Patrick Sandoval whose performance was so encouraging last year.
The left-hander gave up two hits in seven goalless innings in the Angels’ 4-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday night.
The Angels were two outs away from their first consecutive money laundering since 2016 before Jimmy Herget allowed a run in the ninth. He then closed out Raisel Iglesias to give the Angels (11-7) a streak of three straight wins, and move on to four games above the .500 for the first time since they were 7-3 last April.
In addition to Sandoval’s brilliance, the Angels got three runs driven by Mike Trout, who hit a home run, and a two-run game by Anthony Rendon.
They provided ample support to Sandoval, who earned a spot in the rotation thanks to a 3.62 ERA in 87 innings last season.
However, during his first two starts of the season, he was not as good as his 0.00 effectiveness suggested.
Sandoval only managed four innings in each of the first two games due to problems with his command. In those games he needed 71 and 85 shots to get just 12 outs. He also took five walks in those eight innings and allowed runs without winning in every game.
This time he had no problems with his control or the Cleveland batters.
Sandoval hit the strike zone. He became the first Angels pitcher to finish seven innings this season, doing so with just 90 pitches. He threw 59 strokes, 9 and 1.
Sandoval’s signature change was especially good. He threw it 31 times, most of any of his throws, and the Guardians threw nine of his 17 hits on the field.
Sandoval singled Myles Straw in the third and Owen Miller in the seventh. Cleveland had just one turn at bat with a runner in scoring position against Sandoval. He pulled Amed Rosario off the ground to finish third, stranding two.
Moments later, Trout threw a two-run homer to make it 3-0.
He also pulled a double drive from the left field fence in the fifth. He came with runners to come in because the new leader Taylor Ward made a single in the third and the second hitter Shohei Ohtani made a single in the fifth. The trout were walking too.
Trout has five homers this season, averaging .347 and an OPS of 1,234.
Rendon also showed signs of getting out of his fall early season. Rendon folded twice. In the last three games, Rendon has 3 of 9 with four bases per ball. He also made a sensational dive stop in third place.
Rendon scored the Angels’ first run of the game when he doubled and then Brandon Marsh made a single. Marsh, who had missed the previous two games due to an illness, leads the team with 14 drives.
More to come in this story.
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