ANAHEIM — They looked like the Angels of months past. The ones who scattered hits across the diamond, launched homers over the outfield wall and plated runs in the midst of plentiful wins.
The fall from grace over the past couple of weeks was more than a wakeup call. The franchise lows, like the longest losing streak in franchise history produced, called for new leadership in the clubhouse. Now, in this new chapter for the Angels, they’re finding a way to win again.
On Saturday night at Angel Stadium, the Angels uncovered an offensive goldmine, beating the Mets, 11-6, on the back of a cycle from Jared Walsh, two homers from Mike Trout and a homer among three hits by Shohei Ohtani. It was the Halos’ second win under interim manager Phil Nevin and their second win in their last 17 games.
Thanks to huge early output from superstars Trout and Ohtani, Walsh flew under the radar during the night leading up to the historic at-bat in the eighth. So much so, some of his teammates were unaware of what occurred when Walsh slowed his sprint into third base to complete the ninth cycle in club history.
“We didn’t really know that he needed a triple for the cycle,” Trout said, “at least I didn’t. … But that’s how you get them, like that.”
Walsh, like Ohtani two batters earlier, needed a triple to complete the cycle. The feat was in the back of Walsh’s mind while he was at the plate against reliever Trevor Williams, so when he saw the ball go underneath the glove of diving left fielder Mark Canha, Walsh gave everything he had left in the tank to reach third.
Walsh’s cycle was the club’s first since Ohtani against the Rays on June 13, 2019, and it was the first Walsh has recorded at any level of baseball.
“I thought about it a little bit, but I just wanted to put the barrel on the ball,” Walsh said. “I was making pretty good contact tonight, so I felt like if I got something over the plate, I might have a chance to drive it, but nothing specific.”