DENVER — It started innocently enough with the Angels crafting some fun little tricks, becoming the first team in nearly three years to hit back-to-back homers off three pitches.
But it got more insane from there for the Angels, who couldn’t stop the run from scoring against the Rockies. Three straight homers drove a 13-run third inning and the Angels added an eight-run fourth inning in a dominating 25-1 victory at Coors Field on Saturday, setting a club record for both runs and hits (28) in a game. , The 24-run margin of victory was the largest in franchise history and the third largest by any club since 1900.
Manager Phil Nevin said, “We were aggressive, we hit pitches in the field and the hitting got contagious sometimes.” “To be honest, we’ve got some blunders, but then the big hits have kept us going.”
His previous high for runs scored was 24 against the Blue Jays in a 24–2 victory on August 25, 1979, while his previous high for hits was 26, which he achieved twice. His third of 13 runs equaled the franchise record set in both 1997 and 1978. He also tied a club record with four homers in the frame.
The Angels scored 23 runs in their first four innings, the third most runs in MLB history, trailing only the Cubs (25) on August 25, 1922, and the Pirates (24) on June 6, 1894. And his 21 runs in two consecutive innings are the most in MLB history with those 1894 Pirates runs.
But Nevin tried to stay away from glorifying the historic performance.
Nevin said, “I’m glad we came away waving the bat and everything, but it gets to a place where you don’t want to disrespect the game.” “Buddy Black and the people over there are people I care about, so you wouldn’t want this to get out of hand.”
Notable performances included Mickey Moniak and Hunter Renfro, who both went 5–5. Moniak hit three doubles and a homer to equal the franchise record with four extra-base hits in a game. Moniac fell triple shy of the cycle, and nearly fell on his way to second on a potential triple in the sixth, leaving his teammates in the dugout laughing.
Moniak smiled and said, “I got too excited.” “I’m not sure whether I tripped over the bag or my cleats. Anyhow, it is what it is. At least I’m healthy.”
Superstar Mike Trout started the epic third inning with a solo blast off right-hander Chase Anderson’s 1-0 fastball to open the frame, before Brandon Drury followed with a shot of his own on a first-pitch cutter.
Matt Thais then jumped on a first-pitch curveball for a dinger to give the Angels back-to-back-to-back homers for the second time this season.
Nevin said he believes Homer boosted the Angels, just as trading for Eduardo Escobar on Friday and Mike Mostakas on Saturday boosted the clubhouse.
Nevin said, “When the big boys get involved in something like this, it sets the clubhouse on fire.” “That room knows our general manager is still working and when we lose pieces immediately brings us pieces to help. It shows that we are in this thing and are all in this together.
This started a 13-inning run for the Angels, as Ward and Ohtani later added RBI singles. Drury also gave up a two-run single and Renfro drove in three runs with a double. Escobar followed with an RBI single before Moniak ripped a two-run homer to give the Angels a 15–0 lead.
Moniak said, “I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of anything like this.” “It was just one after another, and the quality of the at-bats was unbelievable.”
The four homers in the inning tied an Angels franchise record, matching a feat accomplished on May 28, 2000, at Kansas City. David Fletcher grounded out to end the third, an inning in which the Angels also allowed 10 hits and three walks.
The Angels backed it up with an eight-run fourth, capped by a three-run homer by Fletcher, before tacking on another run in the sixth and another in the eighth. Fletcher opened the scoring in the second inning with a two-run single.
Perhaps lost in the shuffle, right-hander Griffin Canning threw six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts, and the Angels allowed the only run on the night, a solo homer by Brenton Doyle off lefty Colton Ingram in the eighth.
Nevin said, “The highlight of the night for me was how Griffin threw the ball.” “He played a great game, and they might as well get away from you.”