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Angels Beat Yanks But Lose Shoemaker

June 14, 2017

Danny Espinosa and Andrelton Simmons hit home runs, and the Angels rallied past the Yankees 7-5 on Wednesday night at the Big A.

Unfortunately for the Halos, starter Matt Shoemaker left the game with an injury.  Shoemaker departed in the 4th inning with tightness in his forearm.

“I’m really annoyed and frustrated by it because I wanted to go out and pitch and help our team win,” Shoemaker said. “I’m not really concerned about it at all. We’re going to see the next couple days how it reacts. It should be fine.”

Eric Young Jr. had two more hits including an RBI single.  He also threw out a runner at the plate and made a diving catch.  Young’s single snapped a 4-4 tie, after the Halos fell behind 4-0.

Simmons homer came in the 7th inning off of Yankees rookie Ronald Herrera, who was making his major league debut.  Herrera took the loss.

Blake Parker (1-1) got credit for the win after pitching 1 1/3 innings of solid relief.  David Hernandez pitched the 9th inning to record his 1st save.

Up the next the Angels will open a four-game series against the Royals beginning Thursday at the Big A.  Ricky Nolasco (2-7, 4.81 ERA) tries to find the win column for the Halos against Matt Strahm (1-3, 4.50 ERA).

Young Helps Angels Outlast Yankees

June 13, 2017

Erick Young Jr. hit a home run and drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning, as the Angels got the by Yankees 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Big A.

In the 11th inning, Andrelton Simmons walked with one out.  After CJ Cron flied out, Simmons stole second.  A Martin Maldonado groundout back to the box allowed Simmons to move to 3rd.  Cliff Pennington walked, and that set the stage for Young, who hit a line drive that was deflected by Yankees relief pitcher Ben Heller, allowing Andrelton Simmons to score the game-winning run from 3rd.

Young also led-off the 8th inning with a home run that tied the game at 2-2.  The ball traveled over the right field wall, 382 feet.

Chase Headley gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead with a solo shot to center field in the 7th inning.  It came off of Angel starter JC Ramirez.

Ramirez went 6 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits.  He struck out 7 and walked 3, but did not factor into the decision.

Keynan Middleton (2-0) got credit for the win.  He recorded the final 2 outs of the 11th inning after coming in with one out and the bases loaded.

Yusmeiro Petit, Bud Norris, Mike Morin, and Middleton combined for 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the 4th inning on an RBI single from CJ Cron.  The Yankees would tie the game in the 5th on a run-scoring single by Brett Gardner.

CC Sabathia started for the Yankees.  He only lasted four innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits.  He departed after 64 pitches with a strained left hamstring.  Chasen Shreve (1-1) took the loss after being charged with the game-winning run.

The rubber game of the three-game set will be on Wednesday night at the Big A.  Matt Shoemaker (6-3, 4.22 ERA) goes for the Halos.  New York will counter with Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.39 ERA).



Angels Can’t Contain Yankees

June 12, 2017

Aaron Judge hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th inning which proved to be the decisive blow, as the Yankees defeated the Angels 5-3 on Monday night at the Big A.

Judge’s homer came off of Bud Norris with Aaron Hicks aboard, and traveled 438 feet over the right center field wall.  It was his major league-leading 22nd homer of the season.  Judge, who grew up in Linden, Calif. — nearly 400 miles north of Anaheim — was met with “M-V-P” chants fans in the stands after rounding the bases.

The Angels trailed 3-1 after a pair of RBI singles by Didi Gregorious in the 3rd and 5th, and a run scoring single from Chase Headley in the 7th.

Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run for the Halos in the 1st to give them a 1-0 lead.  They rallied in the 7th inning behind an RBI single from Danny Espinosa and an RBI double from Cameron Maybin to tie the game at 3-3.

Jose Alvarez (0-3) took the loss after giving up a one-out double to Hicks before Juge’s two-run homer.

Alex Meyer started for the Angels, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits, while lasting on 4 2/3 innings.  He made 93 pitches.

Tyler Clippard (1-3) got credit for the win.  Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his sixth save, his first since May 27.

Masahiro Tanaka  went 6 2/3 innings while allowing just one earned run (three total) on four hits.

The Angels and Yankees will go at it again tomorrow night at the Big A.  J.C. Ramirez (6-4, 6.55 ERA) gets the ball for the Halos.  He’ll be opposed by C.C. Sabathia  (7-2, 3.66 ERA).


Angels Outslug Astros 12-6

June 11, 2017

Eric Young had a three-run homer and drove in four runs as the Angels beat the Astros 12-6 on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Young”s three-run shot in the fifth broke a 6-6 tie and gave the Halos the lead for good.  The four RBI were a career-high for Young.

Albert Pujols drilled a solo homer and Kole Calhoun had two hits and three RBI as well.

After taking two out of three from Houston, the Halos are the first AL West team to win a series from the Astros this season.

Jesse Chavez had a rough outing for Angels.  He pitched 3 2/3 innings, yielding six runs on four hits.  However, the Angels used six relievers to shut down the ‘Stros the rest of the way.

Keynan Middleton (1-0) got credit for the win after pitching the 5th inning.

Michael Feliz (2-1) took the loss for the ‘Stros.  He gave up four runs on three hits in the 5th inning.

The Angels will now head back to Anaheim open a 3-game set with the Yankees on Monday night.  Alex Meyer (2-3, 4.08 ERA) gets the ball for the Halos.  Masahiro Tanaka (5-6, 6.55 ERA) goes the the Yankees.

Angels Stifled By Fiers & Astros

June 10, 2017

Mike Fiers allowed just one unearned on two hits, while pitching 7 1/3 innings, as the Astros topped the Angels 3-1 on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park.

Fiers improved to 4-2 on the season, striking out eight batters and walking 2.  He made 95 pitches on the night.

“He didn’t do anything that we haven’t seen before, but he was doing it well,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He changed speeds, had a good breaking ball and change up going as well.”

Brian McCann put Houston up 1-0 with his solo shot to right field off Ricky Nolasco with one out in the second.  Nolasco fell to 2-7 on the season after giving up 2 runs on 8 hits in seven innings of work.

Yuli Gurriel added a sacrifice fly in the 5th, scoring McCann, which made it 2-0.

The Halos would cut the lead in half in the 8th, after Andrelton Simmons groundout to short scored Luis Valbuena.  Carlos Correa made a throwing error earlier in the inning, opening the door for the Halos to get on the board with an unearned run.

However, Correa made up for it with an RBI single in the 8th inning off of Yusmeiro Petit, adding an insurance run and making it 3-1.

Ken Giles pitched the 9th inning, striking out three batters in a scoreless inning for his 16th save of the season.

Sunday will be the rubber game of the three-game set.   Jesse Chavez (5-6, 4.56 ERA) will start for the Halos in the finale.   David Paulino (0-0, 4.66) is scheduled to make his third start of the season for Houston.

Angels Take Down Astros

June 9, 2017

Cameron Maybin came off the disabled listed and came up with three hits and a career-high four steals, as the Angels defeated the Astros 9-4 on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

“I just really enjoy just creating some havoc out there, putting some pressure on the guys,” Maybin said. “I’ve always been pretty good at getting bags and tonight they just didn’t do a great job of holding me and I got some really good jumps out there.”

Matt Shoemaker improved to 6-3 after pitching 7 strong innings, and Martin Maldonado added a 2-run homer in the 7th inning.  Kole Calhoun also had three RBI, as the Halos won for the third time in four games.

Houston starter Brad Peacock (3-1) took the loss,  allowing a season-high seven hits and tied a season high with four runs in just three innings.

Maybin singled with no outs in fourth, stole second base and later advanced to third on an error by third baseman Bregman. The Angels extended to the lead to 5-2 when he scored on a single by Calhoun.

Shoemaker had retired 13 straight before Marwin Gonzalez singled with one out in the seventh. Bregman followed with his homer to left field to cut the lead to 8-4. Shoemaker yielded seven hits and four runs while striking out four.

Ricky Nolasco (2-6, 5.05 ERA) will pitch for Los Angeles on Saturday.  Mike Fiers (3-2, 4.84) is set to start for Houston.

Angels Rally To Beat Tigers

June 8, 2017

Erick Young Jr. had three hits and scored three runs, as the Angels rallied to beat the Tigers 11-4 on Thursday afternoon Comerica Park.

The Halos trailed 4-1 heading into the 5th inning, but they rallied for four runs to take the lead.  Albert Pujols hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Andrelton Simmons, which broke the tie and gave the Angels the lead for good.

The Angels exploded for 6 more runs in the 7th.  With the bases loaded, CJ Cron delivered a 2-run single, scoring Simmons and Kole Calhoun.

Moments later Young Jr delivered a run scoring single, Danny Espinosa drove in two more with another single, followed by Simmons RBI single.

JC Ramirez got the win, improving to 6-4 on the season.  He gave up 4 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings of work.

Michael Fulmer took the loss, falling to 6-4 for the Tigers.  He yielded 5 runs on 9 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work.

The Angels now travel to Houston for a 3-game set with the Astros beginning Friday.  RHP Matt Shoemaker (5-3, 4.12 ERA), who is 4-1 in his last five starts, pitches the opener.  Brad Peacock (3-0, 2.30 ERA) goes for the Astros.

Tigers Shut Down Angels 4-0

June 7, 2017

Buck Farmer allowed just three hits in 6 2/3 innings, and Justin Upton hit a 3-run homer, as the Tigers shutout the Angels 4-0 on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.

Farmer has not allowed a run in either of his two starts, and outdueled Alex Meyer, who also pitch well for the Halos.

Meyer allowed three hits in six strong innings of work, but fell to 2-3 on the season.  He walked four and struck out nine, however, he allowed an unearned run in the third.  A hit batter, a walk and an error loaded the bases with nobody out.  Victor Martinez bounced into a double play, resulting in the first run of the game.

“I can’t walk that many guys, and it is something I need to fix,” Meyer said. “I thought I did a really good job of limiting hits, but I want to do both.”

Upton’s blast to left field added some insurance for the Tigers in the 8th, which was his 12th of the season.

The Halos got three singles on the night, and couldn’t even get a man to second base.  They fell two games below .500 on the season.

The Angels and Tigers will play the rubber game of the 3-game set on Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.  JC Ramirez (5-4, 4.11 ERA) will be on the mound for the Halos.  Michael Fulmer (6-3, 3.00 ERA) goes for Detroit.


Cron & Calhoun Lead Halos Over Tigers

June 6, 2017

Kole Calhoun and CJ Cron hit home runs and the Angels hung on to beat the Tigers 5-3 on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Calhoun connected on a solo shot in the 1st inning, while Cron hit a 2-run blast in the 4th.  Both came off of Tigers’ starter Daniel Norris.  That gave the Halos a 3-0 lead.

Calhoun singled again in the 5th inning, scoring Andrelton Simmons after an error by Tigers’ center fielder Alex Presley.  He also delivered a sac fly in the 7th.

“That’s a nice win against a hot team,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We had some trouble closing out some innings, including the ninth, but we got it done.”

Jesse Chavez got the win, improving to 5-6 on the year.  He pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits before he was pulled.  After giving up a solo homer to Alex Avila and an RBI single to Justin Upton, he was pulled from the game and seen walking off the mound yelling several expletives.  Blake Paker would come in to record the final out of the 6th to end the Tigers threat with J.D. Martinez stranded at 3rd.

Martinez would add a sac fly in the 8th inning to make it 5-3, but that’s as close as the Nationals would get.

Bud Norris pitched the 9th to record his 11th save of the season.  It wasn’t before running into some trouble though.  After recording the first two outs, Presley and Jose Iglesias singled, and both advanced to 2nd and 3rd after a wild pitch.  Ian Kinsler walked to load the bases, but Norris would strike out Avila looking to end the game.

“That was a great job by Bud,” Scioscia said. “He didn’t get a couple calls, but he got back into the at-bat with some great pitches. He knew he was playing with fire if the next guy (Miguel Cabrera) got to the plate.”

Daniel Norris (3-3) took the loss, allowing four runs — three earned — five hits and three walks in six innings.

The second game of the series will be on Wednesday.  The Halos will deploy Alex Meyer (2-2, 4.91 ERA), while the Tigers will go with Buck Farmer, who was just recalled from Triple-A.

Twins Edge Angels 3-2

June 4, 2017

Miguel Sano hit a 2-run homer in the 6th inning off of Ricky Nolasco, and the Twins got by the Angels 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Big A.

Sano’s homer came with one out in the top of the 6th, and on a 1-1 pitch with Robbie Grossman aboard.  It was the decisive blow delivered by the Twins, who took three out of four games from the Angels during their weekend series.

Jason Casto also hit a solo homer in the 3rd inning for Minnesota off Nolasco, who fell to 2-6 on the season.  He gave up 3 runs on 7 hits in 5 2/3 innings of work.

After falling behind 1-0, the Angels tied things up in the 3rd when Andrelton Simmons hit into a double play, which allowed Eric Young Jr. to score.  Ben Revere delivered an RBI single in the 4th inning to give the Halos a 2-1 lead.

Jose Berrios (4-1) got the win for Minnesota after giving up just 2 runs on 6 hits, and striking out 4.  Brandon Kintzler came into record his 15th save of the season in the 9th inning.  He worked around a one out single from Ben Revere to keep the Halos off the scoreboard.

The Angels fell to 29-31 on the season with the loss.  They’ll now travel to Detroit to open a 3-game set with the Tigers on Tuesday.  Jesse Chavez (4-6, 4.68 ERA) gets the ball for the Halos, while the Tigers counter with Daniel Norris (2-3, 4.47 ERA).