Angels over Indians 9-6

Game Played on 5/18/2018 7:30 PM at Dean3
Results were reported on 5/19/2018 8:41 PM
GameID: 16602

Pitching for Angels Pitching for Indians
NameAgePitch Count
Mark Ishkanian1248
Maxwell Walther1249
NameAgePitch Count
Cooper Ackerman1265

A cool mid-May evening greeted the Indians and Angels for their first meeting of the season.  The pitching matchup featured righthanders Cooper Ackerman for the Indians and Mark Ishkanian for the Angels. 

In the top of the first, the Indians got a two out walk to Dylan Fuller but nothing else as he was left stranded.  The Angels struck for two in their half.  Connor Mudd and Ishkanian reached on walks and eventually scored via a Joey Guidotti groundout and a wild pitch.  

The Indians cut the lead in half in the top of the second, as Ackerman helped his cause with a booming lead-off home run to deep left center.  The Angels threatened in the bottom of the second, but left a runner stranded at third. 

Logan Miller singled in the top of the third for the Indians, but they were kept off the board.   The Angels rallied to score three times to take a 5-1 lead.  The key hit in the inning was a 2 RBI single off the bat of Frank Goppel.  Drew O’Connell also knocked in a run.  

The Indians started their comeback in the top of the fourth.  Ackerman singled and Chase Kinsky was hit by a pitch.  After Ryan McTigue hit into a force play, some aggressive baserunning helped the Indians to plate two runs.  Keith Halacy also singled during the rally, but Angels reliever Max Walther was able to stop the damage.  The Angels loaded the bases in their half but could not score.  The Indians nailed a runner at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch that ended the threat.  Angels 5 and Indians 3 at the end of four innings. 

Back came the Indians in the fifth.  After two were out, Kunal Chauhan reached on an error.  A walk to Fuller and hits by Drew Vincequere and Ackerman (third hit of the game) scored three runs and the Indians roared ahead 6-5.  The Angels answered back in the bottom of the fifth with a four-run rally of their own.  Key contributors in the inning were Frank Goppel (double), Andrew Miao (single).  Jeffrey Randazza (first game off the DL) and Max Walther chipped in with timely walks, and Brad Reynolds knocked in a run.  Angels 9, Indians 6 at the end of five. 

In the top of the sixth, McTigue led off with a single but was forced at second.  The game ended on a fantastic 5-4-3 double play, Randazza to Guidotti to Mudd.  Final score was Angels 9, Indians 6. 

This was an excellent game with both teams coming from behind and playing hard to the final out.  Great sportsmanship was shown by both clubs.  Kudos to the Indians for a great battle – next week’s rematch should be another tight, entertaining game.