Trout’s bat, Neto’s glove lead Angels over Cubs, 7-4

The Angels used a five-run fifth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs, 7-4, on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Angels took the series opener from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night, overcoming an early 4-0 deficit to beat Chicago 7-4. Shohei Ohtani homered, Mike Trout drove in a pair of runs, and Carlos Estevez nailed down his 15th save as the Angels opened their six-game home-stand with a much needed victory over the Cubs.

Here are three takeaways from the game:

Anderson limits the damage

It was not a great start for Tyler Anderson, who saw his ERA rise from 5.47 to 5.62 after surrendering 4 ER in 5.0 IP; however, it could have been much worse. All four of Anderson’s runs were given up in the 2nd inning, as it was looking like another disastrous outing for the left-hander. While his final line wasn’t great, Anderson pitching three scoreless innings after that four-run second helped keep the Angels within striking distance. The team will ultimately need more out of Anderson going forward, as facing an early 4-0 deficit is far from ideal, but his ability to limit the damage on Tuesday night is an underrated storyline in the series-opening victory.

Angels’ manager Phil Nevin highlighted this after the game, saying the 4th and 5th innings from Anderson were probably his two best in an Angels uniform.

Trout comes up clutch

When Mike Trout stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 5th inning, it felt like a turning point in the game. The Cubs had just gone to the bullpen to replace their starter Hayden Wesneski, and the newly entered left-hander Brandon Hughes walked Shohei Ohtani which set up the two-out matchup with Trout. The Angels had already struck for two in the inning to cut Chicago’s lead in half, but escaping this jam with a two-run lead would have been a massive momentum boost for the Cubs. Instead of letting the game swing back in that direction, Trout drove in two runs with a single to center, and eventually came around to score LA’s 6th run of the game – and 5th that inning, which put them ahead 6-4.

Trout entered Tuesday night hitting just .200 with RISP on the season, and .269 with RISP and two outs, but delivered a massive base hit that helped erase an early 4-0 deficit.

Neto’s glove saves the day

The 7th inning was trending towards disaster for the Angels, as reliever Jacob Webb exited the game after loading the bases and recording just one out. The Angels turned to right-hander Chris Devenski in the big spot, and thanks to his shortstop Zach Neto, it took him just one pitch to escape the inherited bases loaded jam. Neto was a defensive replacement at shortstop to begin the inning, and snagged a liner off the bat of Yan Gomes before making the heads-up play to double-off Ian Happ, who got too far off of second. It was a massive play that not only got the Angels back in the dugout, but killed a Cubs rally that was threatening to flip the game.