On a record-breaking night at Angel Stadium, the Los Angeles Angels put on a hitting clinic in their 25-1 rout of the Colorado Rockies. The Angels set franchise records for runs, hits, and margin of victory in a game, while also tying team records for runs and homers.
The third inning was the standout moment of the game, with the Angels scoring 13 runs off a series of homers. Mike Trout, Brandon Drury, and Matt Thaiss hit homers on consecutive pitches to open the frame, while Mickey Moniak capped it off with a two-run shot. It was a remarkable display of power from the Angels, who hit four home runs in that one inning alone. But the Angels' onslaught didn't end there. In the fourth inning, the team added another eight runs, thanks in part to a three-run homer by David Fletcher. The Angels sent 27 batters to the plate over the course of the third and fourth innings, scoring an incredible 21 runs on 17 hits. Hunter Renfroe and Mickey Moniak were the stars of the show for the Angels, both contributing five hits and four RBIs. Every Angels starter had at least one hit, one RBI, and a run scored. Even Shohei Ohtani, the major league home run leader, got in on the action with an RBI single in seven at-bats.
On the pitching side, Griffin Canning was dominant for the Angels. He pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits while striking out seven and walking one. It was a strong performance from Canning, who has now won his last four decisions. Manager Phil Nevin praised Canning's outing, saying, "the highlight of the night for me was how Griff threw the ball." For the Rockies, it was a long and frustrating night. They set a team record for runs given up in an inning and conceded the second-most runs in franchise history. Brenton Doyle's eighth-inning homer was a small consolation for the Rockies, who were simply outmatched by the Angels' potent offense.
While the Angels' record-breaking win is certainly impressive, Nevin knows that it's just one game. Nonetheless, the team's aggressive approach at the plate and dominant performance have certainly made a statement to the rest of the league. The Angels will look to carry that momentum forward as they continue their season.