The Angels weak defense misplaced four balls into hits on Clutch Defense plays to lose 6-2 to the Rays.
CD 5 is a gold glove nominee level fielder, and CD 1 is the weakest fielder. Right fielder Taylor Ward (cd1) could not get to a double and 3rd baseman Anthony Rendon (CD2) could not get to a grounder that went down the line for a double in a 3-run 4th inning to make it 4-1.
In the 8th Rendon failed to get to another grounder that went for a single, then Mike Trout (CD2) could not get to a line drive to seal a 6-3 Angels win.
However, Rendon more than made up for it in the second game with a solo homer in the 6th to give the Angels a 2-1 win, then added a 3-run homer the next inning to seal a 6-1 lead at the end of 8th innings to make it a sweep. The Rays scored twice in the 9th to make the final 6-3, but the win is still a sweep since it was 5+ runs at the end of 8th.
Reid Detmers pitched a brilliant game - 5 innings (his Max IP) with 9 strikeouts and 0 walks. The sweep concluded the first 4 rounds for our 10 teams - and 8 of the 40 (20%) resulted in 5+ run sweeps.