How the Angels lost 08/25: Stanton's big night leads Marlins to victory
The Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) and Christian Yelich (Westlake) had big nights in their returns to Southern California as the Angels found themselves on the wrong end of the final score.
How the Angels lost: It was the fear of all Angels fans once it was learned Garrett Richards' season would be done. The Cy Young candidate would be replaced in the rotation by someone who was far from a Cy Young candidate. After Wade LeBlanc retired six of the first seven batters he faced, the Marlins exploded for three runs in the third inning and four in the fourth. Six of the runs were charged to LeBlanc. It was a big night for local products Giancarlo Stanton (Sherman Oaks Notre Dame) and Christian Yelich (Westlake) of the Marlins. They combined for four hits and five RBI.
Stud of the game: Giancarlo Stanton. For no other reason than he came to an American League ballpark and showed the fans what they never get to see up close -- his incredible power. The ball he hit for a three-run home run in the top of the fourth inning danced around in the rock pile for his 33rd homer of the season.
Dud of the game: Wade LeBlanc had a rough outing. No one was expecting him to be Garrett Richards, but taking the place of the injured Angel in the rotation, LeBlanc was expected to be serviceable and get the team to a "certain spot" in a game where they could have a chance to win. LeBlanc's night lasted just 3.1 innings.
Key stat: LeBlanc gave up six earned runs; that's one more than Richards allowed in his previous four starts combined.
They said it: "There's no doubt he's mega-talented and a lot of stuff that he does reminds you of a lot of people --anyone from Vlad Guerrero to Mike Trout," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the Marlins' Stanton.
What's next: The Marlins will be at Angel Stadium for two more. Tuesday, the club will send Matt Shoemaker (12-4, 3.56 ERA) to the mound against former Dodger Nathan Eovaldi (6-8, 4.06 ERA).