The Angels aren’t headed to the playoffs. But on Wednesday night, they clinched a season-series win against a postseason-bound team.
With a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, the Angels improved to 4-2 on the season against the AL Central division leaders and can go for a three-game series win this week on Thursday.
Here are three observations from the game.
—Marsh’s go-ahead homer
When he was called up to the big leagues for the first time this summer, Angels outfielder Brandon Marsh joked about knowing his strengths.
“Jo Adell is going to hit the ball over the scoreboard,” Marsh said of his slugging teammate. “I’m gonna put the ball over the shortstop.”
For most of his first big league stint, that’s been true. Entering Wednesday, Marsh had only one home run in 53 games.
But with the score tied at 2-2 in the top of the eighth, Marsh got just enough on his swing to send a full-count, 100.8-mph fastball from White Sox reliever Michael Kopech over the left-center-field wall for a go-ahead solo blast.
“When you’re talking about a young player like Marsh coming up in a crucial moment … you want to believe that the young player is going to grow from that,” manager Joe Maddon said. “This is something he will dwell on when things shut down for the year. Now he knows he can do it, and that’s a big part of it too.”
The 100.8-mph velocity was the hardest to be hit for a home run in the American League this season, and helped Marsh raise his batting average on the season to .267 after collecting three hits Wednesday night.