The Tampa Bay Rays are the hottest team in baseball as they’re off to a 10-0 start and are just demolishing teams. Their 10th win in a 1-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox was the first game they won by less than 4 runs.
That’s how you lose a baseball game.
The Rocket City Trash Pandas took the field in the top of the 7th 3 outs away from completing a 3-0 no hit victory in game 1 of a 7-inning double header. They would walk the first two batters before getting a pop out, walk, strike out to load the bases with 2 outs. The rails would then fall off as the next 7 batters would reach on a walk, error, HBP, HBP, HBP, walk, HBP to put the Trash Pandas down 7-3. They’d put up 2 in the bottom of the inning to lose 7-5 while throwing a no hitter.
Speaking of losing baseball games despite great efforts…
The Angels managed to lose a game 4-3 to the Blue Jays where Mike Trout went 1-4 with 2 RBIs and scored a run and Shohei Ohtani went 2-4 behind him. The rest of the Angels lineup went a combined 0-26.
The Angels sit 5-4 despited two of the best players in baseball.
Fun fact: the Rocket City Trash Pandas are the Double AA affiliate of the Angels. An organization that knows how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Trout did one-hop a bomb off truck in the outfield the next night though.
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