Max Stassi and Shohei Ohtani lead the way for the Halos
A day after the bats went quiet, the offense woke up in the Angels’ series-clinching 6-2 victory over the Twins.
A day after the Angels went scoreless over the final eight innings, the Twins did the exact same thing. Minnesota scored two runs in the first inning but were held without a run over the remainder of the game. Jaime Barria allowed back-to-back homers to begin the game but shut Minnesota down the rest of the way.
Barria tossed seven innings and allowed only two runs. Over the final 27 recorded outs, Minnesota recorded only two more hits.
While he was shutting down the offense, the Angels offense was slowly getting them back into the game. Max Stassi got LA on the board in the second inning with an RBI triple, the first of his big-league career. Stassi continued to help the offense as he hit a solo homer in the fifth inning to tie the game.
An inning later the Angels took the lead thanks to a solo home run from Shohei Ohtani, his MLB best 35th of the season.
The score would hold at 3-2 until the ninth inning. With a one-run lead, the Angels added three much needed runs to give them a comfortable four-run cushion. Brandon Marsh doubled in a run to put LA up by two runs. Stassi continued his hot day by driving in another run to put LA up by three. For the game, Stassi ended up finishing a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
Jack Mayfield doubled to bring in another run, putting the Angels up 6-2. Tony Watson then retired the side in order in the ninth, giving the Angels the series victory over the Twins. After taking two of three games in Minnesota, the Halos find themselves only six games back of the second Wild Card spot.