Los Angeles Angels slugger Anthony Rendon gets a two RBI single in the top of the third inning off the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park in San Francisco on Tue Jun 1, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Jeremy Kahn
Alex Wood probably wishes that today was Groundhog Day, and it can start all over again; therefore, his start can be erased.
Unfortunately, it will not be erased from the record books, as Wood lasted just 3.2 innings, allowing seven runs on four hits, walking four and striking out two, as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the San Francisco Giants 8-1 at Oracle Park, ending the Giants four-game winning streak.
Wood threw a wild pitch in the top of the third inning that Andrew Heaney to score from third base with the first of three runs scored by the Angels in the inning.
Heaney singled with one out in the inning, and then advanced to second on a Fletcher walk and to third when Upton walk to load the bases, just prior to the Wood wild pitch that scored Heaney.
Anthony Rendon came up the big hit in the inning, as he singled off of Wood to score David Fletcher and Justin Upton.
The Angels blew the game wide open in the top of the fourth inning, as Taylor Ward was hit by a pitch and then scored on a Max Stassi double. After Heaney walked to put runners on first and second.
After Fletcher grounded out for the second out of the inning, then Upton walked for the second time in as many at-bats and that was end of the line for Wood on the evening, as Matt Wisler replaced Wood.
Kean Wong was called on to pinch hit for Phil Gosselin, was immediately walked by Wisler to score Stassi.
After the walk to Wong, Rendon came up with his second big hit in as many at-bats, as he doubled to left field that broke the game wide open, as Fletcher, Upton and Wong all scored to give the Angels an 8-0 lead after they scored five runs in the inning.
Rendon ended the night by going 3-for-5 with five runs batted in, as the Angels were able to go 3-3 on their six-game thru the Bay Area.
The Angels split with the Oakland As over the weekend, as they came back to win the final two games of the series after the As won the first games in the series
Heaney was solid, as he went 6.1 innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking one and striking out seven on his way to seeing his record improve to 3-3 on the season.
The left-hander out of Oklahoma State picked up his first major league hit since July 14, 2018, when he singled in the top of the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, and the pitcher who allowed the infield hit was none other than Wood, as the ball was deflected by Wood and Kole Calhoun went to third base on the play.
The Giants finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning, as Steven Duggar, Wilmer Flores and Donovan Solano each singled before Heaney was able to retire a batter and Duggar scored from second base.
After Brandon Crawford struck out for the first out of the inning, Heaney was replaced by Steve Cishek, who stopped the rally, as he was able to get Mauricio Dubon to ground into a force play and then ended the inning, as Mike Tauchman flew out to Jose Rojas.
Dominic Leone made his Giants debut in the top of the ninth inning, as he went one inning, allowing one hit and striking out two.
NOTES: Prior to tonight’s game, Leone (#52) was selected from Triple-A Sacramento…RHP Nick Tropeano was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento…C Curt Casali was placed on the 10-day injured list (retro to May 31) with a left wrist strain…C Chadwick Tromp (#14) was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento…RHP Sam Delaplane was recalled and placed on the 60-day injured list (recovering from Tommy John surgery).
Prior to the game, the Angels reinstated Stassi from the injured list and following last nights game, LHP José Quijada was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.
UP NEXT: After the day off on Wednesday, the Giants open a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night.
The Angels will head home to host a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.