Heartbreak for Heaney as the Angels Have Lackluster Night

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Updated: April 5, 2016

Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels second opening day game was filled with hope to split the series with the Cubbies. It seemed like a repeat of opening day. The hitting was nowhere to be found and the pitching couldn’t keep the Angels in the game. Heaney and Lester matched each other pitch for pitch with no runs allowed through two innings.

Shutting down both the offenses, but in the second inning Heaney, called to the dugout and left fans worried, although it was nothing but a nosebleed. After a long second inning neither offense had no momentum to score until a dreaded third inning were the Cubs would strike with their high-powered offense.

Heaney and the Angels seemed to be off to a good start against the Cubs. Heaney, eager to start the third gives a solo home run to Matt Szczur. The Angels looking to rebound but it only led them downhill. Heyward hit a ball to the right side, reached on a fielder’s choice and scoring Ross. The inning would have been moderate, but Anthony Rizzo hit a two run moonshot to straight away center making it 4-0. The Angels, still unable to answer back. This Angels lineup was lackluster, and couldn’t figure out Jon Lester. Let’s fast forward to the sixth inning, Yunel Escobar, at the plate with one out. First pitch swinging and shoots a double down the line, making an impressive slide to escape the tag at second. Bring up Craig Gentry, to the plate. Not only was he able to get his first hit as an Angel, but scored the first RBI of the season for the Angels. With a man in scoring position yet again the heart of the Angels lineup were not able to capitalize and score a run. The final line score was 6-1 Cubs.

Even though this two game sweep seems to be a discouraging season we must remember that this is only the first two games of the season. The Cubs are a worthy opponent to any team, both days of really tough pitching made it hard for the offense to manufacture anything. The overhyped Cubs lived up to the expectation and are as good as advertised. The Angels were not able to maximize on the opportunities given, and their inability to have productive at bats. Angel fans should be a little worried since struggles have plagued the Angels starting rotation and bullpen.

Now we look to the future, with the Cubs leaving Angels stadiums and we won’t see them till August. A press conference with Mike Scioscia, revealed that the players are discouraged, but ready to bounce back. Scioscia revealed that the Angels will not change their approach at the plate. That they should improve on not missing mistake pitches and drive the ball.

The season is not over, the battle for the AL West has just begun. Taking a day off tomorrow would help the Angels build confidence for the entire team. With a day to recuperate, the Angels look to take on their division rivals the Texas Rangers.

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