Angels Beat Rays On Wild Pitch
May 22, 2017
Jefry Marte scored the decisive run in the 7th inning, and the Angels defeated the Rays 3-2 on Monday night at Tropicana Field.
The Angels loaded the bases with two outs in the 7th, which brought Albert Pujols to the plate. Pujols, who returned to the lineup after suffering from a hamstring injury, took a 1-1 pitch that got away from Rays reliever Jumbo Diaz, which allowed Marte to score. Pujols was walked intentionally after that, then Luis Valbuena fouled out, which ended the inning with the Halos up 3-2.
JC Ramirez (4-3) got the win and pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up just 2 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 5 and walked 1 in a 99-pitch performance.
The Halos got a solo homer from Cameron Maybin in the 5th, which tied the game at 2-2. It was his 2nd long ball of the season.
David Hernandez, Jose Alvarez, and Bud Norris pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Norris got the final four outs to pick up his 9th save of the season.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi gave up two runs on five hits while striking out eight in six innings. Diaz (0-3) took the loss after giving up the decisive run in the 7th.
After the Angels took a 1-0 lead in the 1st on a sacrifice fly by Andrelton Simmons, the Rays got a pair of solo homers from Corey Dickerson and Logan Morrison to take a 2-1 lead after one inning.
The Halos will be back in action tomorrow night in game 2 of the series at Tropicana Field. Matt Shoemaker (3-2, 4.47 ERA) gets the start for the Angels, while the Rays go with Alex Cobb (4-3, 3.67 ERA).
Trout Helps Angels Avoid Sweep
May 21, 2017
Mike Trout homered, doubled, and drove in three runs, as the Angels dominated the Mets 12-5 on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The win helped the Angels avoid a 3-game sweep.
C.J. Cron also added a grand slam in the 1st inning, which was part of a 5-run explosion for the Halos in the early going.
Andrelton Simmons and Jefry Marte also went deep for the Angels, and by the 3rd inning, it was 9-0 Halos.
The Mets hit some home runs of their own while trying to rally. Matt Reynolds, Curtis Granderson, and Jay Bruce all went deep, but it wasn’t enough.
Jesse Chavez (4-5) picked up the win after going 5 2/3 innings, yielding 5 runs on 7 hits. He departed after Bruce’s 3-run blast, which made it 9-5.
Tommy Milone (1-2) took the loss for the Mets. He only lasted an 1 1/3 innings, and was charged with 7 runs on 7 hits.
Trout’s homer was his 14th of the season, a 2-run blast. Marte went back-to-back and that chased Milone.
Albert Pujols missed his third game in a row because of tendinitis in his right hamstring.
The Angels will continue their 10-game road trip in Tampa Bay on Monday night. JC Ramirez (3-3; 3.97 ERA) will get the ball for the Halos. Jake Odorizzi (3-2; 3.16 ERA) goes for the Rays.
Halos Rally Falls Short Against Mets
May 20, 2017
Jose Reyes had 3 hits and 2 RBI, as the Mets defeated the Angels 7-5 on Saturday night at Citi Field, despite a furious 9th inning rally by the Angels that fell short.
The Mets took a 7-2 lead into the 9th inning, but the Angels got 3 runs before substitute closer Addison Reed struck out Danny Espinosa with the bases-loaded to end the game.
The Angels loaded the based with nobody out in the 9th inning. That’s when Reed came in to replace Neil Ramirez. A walk to Cameron Maybin, an RBI single by Kole Calhoun, and sacrifice fly by Mike Trout pulled the Angels within 7-5. However, Luis Valbuena fouled out to the catcher, and after an Andrelton Simmons walk, Espinosa’s strikeout ended it.
The Mets took a 4-0 lead against Angels’ starter Alex Meyer after 5 innings of play. An RBI fielder’s choice by Neil Walker, a sacrifice fly by Jay Bruce, another RBI single from Walker, and a sac fly from T.J. Rivera accounted for the damage.
Meyer (2-2) took the loss after being charged with 4 runs (3 of them earned) on 3 hits. He struck out 7 and walked 4 after throwing 86 pitches.
“That’s just a poor ballgame on the defensive end. We let too many things get away from us,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “We’ve got to tighten that up. That’s the major reason we lost.”
The Angels got two runs back in the 6th inning after loading the bases, then Jefry Marte was hit by a pitch, scoring a run. Then Ben Revere added an RBI fielder’s choice.
However, the Mets extended the lead to 7-2 in the 8th. Wilmer Flores came through with an RBI double, and Jose Reyes delivered an RBI single.
Zack Wheeler (3-2) got the win. He went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. He walked 5 and struck out 5.
The Angels will try to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. Jesse Chaves goes for the Halos, while the Mets give the ball to Tommy Milone.
Mets Shut Down Angels 3-0
May 19, 2017
Jacob DeGrom pitched a 4-hit shutout in 7 innings of work, as the Mets blanked the Angels 3-0 on Friday night. The Angels’ loss snapped their four-game winning streak.
Ricky Nolasco (2-3) took the loss, despite giving up just 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits in 6 innings of work.
The Mets got an RBI double from Curtis Granderson in the 1st inning to take a quick 1-0 lead. It was an unearned run, resulting from a throwing error by C.J. Cron earlier in the inning.
T.J. Rivera delivered an RBI single in the 6th inning, and that made it 2-0 New York.
The other Mets’ run came in the 7th inning on a solo home run by Michael Conforto, which came off of Jose Alvarez.
DeGrom (3-1) got the win, and ended a 17-game stretch in which no Mets’ starters got an out in the seventh inning, tying a club record set in 2002.
“All night, we didn’t get too many good looks at him,” Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia said about DeGrom. “He pitched a good game for those guys, but when we did get a couple of looks, he made some pitches and got out of it.”
DeGrom also retired 13 straight before Kole Calhoun’s two-out single in the sixth. He gave up four hits, struck out nine and walked three.
Mike Trout singled twice on the evening, but the Halos couldn’t generate a whole lot of offense. Albert Pujols was not available to play because of a sore right hamstring. Scioscia said Pujols had an MRI, which showed tendinitis in the hamstring.
Game 2 of the series is on Saturday night at Citi Field. Alex Meyer (2-1, 5.59) will try to get another win for the Halos. He’ll be opposed by Mets righty Zack Wheeler (2-2, 3.76).
Angels Outslug White Sox
May 17, 2017
Mike Trout homered for the 5th time in 6 games, as the Angels rallied from a 4-run deficit to beat the White Sox 12-8. The Halos completed a 3-game sweep with the win, and moved one game over .500.
The Sox jumped out to a quick lead on a 2-run homer by Jose Abreu, and by the 2nd inning they held what appeared to be a comfortable 4-0 lead.
The Halos got the four runs right back in the bottom half of the 2nd, capped off by a 2-run single by Albert Pujols.
in the 6th, the Angels would get four more runs. Martin Maldonado delivered an RBI single, followed by Trout’s 3-run homer.
Another four-run Angel explosion took place in the 7th. RBI singles by CJ Cron, Danny Espinosa, and Maldonado accounted for 3 of the runs.
Matt Shoemaker (3-2) picked up the win after pitching 6 1/3 innings. He gave up 4 runs (3 of them earned) on 9 hits. He struck out 9 and walked 1.
The Sox got 3 runs in the 8th against Jose Alvarez, and 1 in the 9th against Keynan Middleton, but it wasn’t enough.
Miguel Gonzales (3-4) took the loss for the Sox. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits.
The Angels will now travel to New York for a 3-game series with the Mets beginning Friday. Ricky Nolasco (2-2; 4.34 ERA) takes the mound for the Halos in game 1, and Jacob DeGrom (2-1; 4.07 ERA) goes for New York.
Pujols Gives Angels Walk-Off Win
May 16, 2017
Albert Pujols singled in the 11th inning, scoring Ben Revere, and the Angels beat the White Sox 7-6 on Tuesday night.
Pujols had a pair of hits and had 3 RBI on the night. The win moved the Angels back to .500 on the season at 21-21.
The Halos trailed 6-5 after Tim Anderson hit a solo home run in the 11th inning. However, Cameron Maybin delivered an RBI double, scoring Danny Espinosa to tie the game. After Mike Trout was intentionally walked, Pujols came through with the walk-off winner.
Yusmeiro Petit (1-0) got credit for the win, despite giving up the home run to Anderson. David Robertson (2-1) took the loss for the White Sox.
It was a rough night for the Angels bullpen, which had been fairly effective thus far this season. Bud Norris was unavailable to pitch after pitching for 3 straight days. The Angels took a 5-2 lead into the 9th inning and that’s when the collapse began.
David Hernandez came into the game, trying to close it out, but he gave up an RBI double to Leury Garcia, scoring Melky Cabrera. That made it 5-3. Todd Frazier’s infield single scored Jose Abreu and Garcia, and the game was tied 5-5.
Hernandez was charged with was charged with 3 earned runs, giving up 4 hits. He did not record an out, and was replaced by Petit.
JC Ramirez started for the Angels, and pitched well. He went 7 innings, giving just 2 earned runs on 5 hits.
White Sox starter Derek Holland also fared well. He went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits. He was removed from the game trailing 3-2.
The Angels and White Sox will do it again on Wednesday, with the Halos going for the sweep. Matt Shoemaker (2-2; 4.50 ERA) is on the mound for the Angels. Miguel Gonzales (3-3; 3.83 ERA) will get the ball for the Sox.
Trout Goes Deep Again in Angel Win
May 15, 2017
Mike Trout homered for the 4th straight game, and the Angels rallied to beat the White Sox 5-3 on Monday night in Anaheim.
The Halos trailed 3-0 in the 5th inning, but Kole Calhoun connected on a 3-run homer to tie the game. The next batter was Mike Trout, who drilled a solo blast over the left field wall, and the Angels suddenly had a 4-3 lead. Martin Maldonado added another solo homer in the 7th inning for the Angels.
Jesse Chavez (3-5) picked up the win for the Angels. He pitched 7 strong innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits. Bud Norris got the final four outs for his 8th save of the season.
The White Sox got on the board in the 4th inning on a 2-run homer from Jose Abreu. An RBI triple from Tyler Saladino made it 3-0. in the 5th.
Mike Pelfrey (0-4) took the loss for the Sox. He gave up 4 earned runs on 3 hits.
The White Sox put runners on first and second with two out in the ninth, but Kevan Smith struck out looking to end the game.
Game 2 of the 3-game set will be on Tuesday night at the Big A. JC Ramirez (3-3, 4.20 ERA) will be on the mound for the Halos, while the White Sox counter with Derek Holland (3-3, 2.43 ERA).
Meyer Beats Verlander & Tigers
May 14, 2017
Alex Meyer pitched 6 1/3 innings strong innings and picked up his 2nd win of the season, as the Angels beat the Tigers 4-1 at the Big A on Sunday afternoon. The win salvaged a split of the four-game series between the Tigers and Angels.
Meyer (2-1) was once a reliever that the Angels are using as a starting pitcher since being acquired late last season, and is starting fulfill some of his potential. The 6+ innings were a career-high for Meyer, who made 96 pitches, and gave up just 1 run on 3 hits. He struck out 7 Tigers and threw his fastball as hard as 98 MPH consistently. Bud Norris pitched the 9th for his 7th save of the season.
The Angels got a solo home run from Mike Trout in the 1st inning, tying the game at 1-1. It was the third straight game Trout went deep. Danny Espinosa hit a solo shot of his own in the 4th inning, giving the Halos the lead.
In the 7th, the Angels added a pair of insurance runs. Andrelton Simmons delivered an RBI single, scoring Juan Graterol. Trout added a sacrifice fly later in the inning, making it 4-1.
The Tigers only run of the game came on an RBI single from Nicholas Castellanos in the 1st inning. Ian Kinsler lead off the game with a double, followed by the Castellanos hit. After that Meyer did not allow a hit until the 7th.
Justin Verlander (3-3) took the loss for the Tigers. He pitched into the 7th inning, giving up all four runs, striking out 7 and walking 5. He passed Tommy John and pulled even with Eddie Plank for 53rd place in baseball history with 2,246 career strikeouts.
The Tigers haven’t won a series in Anaheim since 2009. They have played 8 series at the Big A during that stretch.
Trout also stole two bases, joining Alex Rodriguez as the only players to get 175 homers and 150 steals before their age-26 season. Cameron Maybin stole second base three times for the Angels, matching his career high in steals.
Albert Pujols got the day off for the Halos. He was replaced in the lineup by C.J. Cron at first base, who returned from the disabled list.
The Angels will now host the White Sox in Anaheim for a 3-game set beginning on Monday night. Jesse Chavez (2-5, 4.29 ERA) gets the ball for the Halos, while the Sox go with Mike Pelfrey (0-3; 5.21 ERA).
Tigers Get By Angels
May 13, 2017
J.D. Martinez hit a pair of home runs, including a solo shot in the 9th, giving the Tigers a 4-3 win over the Angels on Saturday night in Anaheim.
Martinez came off the disabled list on Friday after missing the first 33 games with a foot injury. His 9th inning homer came off of Halos reliever Bud Norris (1-2), who took the loss.
Alex Wilson (1-1) pitched the 8th to get credit for the win. Justin Wilson struck out the side in the 9th for his 2nd save.
The Angels tied the game at 3-3 in the 7th inning on Mike Trout’s 10th homer of the season, which came off of Tigers’ reliever Shane Greene.
Detroit took a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning when Justin Upton connected on his 8th homer of the season.
Ricky Nolasco pitched 6 innings for the Angels. He gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and struck out 4.
Albert Pujols had a 2-run single in the 5th to tie the game at 2-2. That gave Pujols 1,844 RBIs, tying Carl Yastrzemski for 11th on baseball’s career list.
The Halos fell behind 2-0 in the 2nd on Martinez’ first homer of the game, a 2-run shot off Nolasco.
Daniel Norris started for Detroit, pitching into the 6th. He gave up 2 runs on 7 hits.
The Halos will try to salvage a split of the four game series on Sunday at the Big A. Alex Meyer (1-1, 7.62 ERA) on the mound for the Angels. Justin Verlander (3-2, 4.25 ERA) goes for Detroit.
Angels Crush The Tigers
May 12, 2017
Matt Shoemaker threw six shutout innings of 3-hit baseball, and Mike Trout hit a 2-run homer as the Angels hammered the Tigers 7-0 at the Big A on Friday night.
Shoemaker (2-2) made 94 pitches, striking out 7 batters and walking just 1. He departed with a 5-0 lead.
The Halos jumped in front 2-0 in the 2nd inning on a solo homer from Luis Valbuena and an infield single from Cliff Pennington, which scored Kole Calhoun.
An RBI double from Martin Maldonado in the 4th, a Valbuena RBI single in the 5th, and another Pennington RBI single in the 6th made it 5-0.
Blake Parker, David Hernandez, and Keynan Middleton combined to pitch 3 innings of scoreless relief for the Angels.
Jordan Zimmerman (3-2) took the loss for Detroit. He gave up 5 runs (4 of them earned) on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.
Trout’s homer in the 8th inning came off of Anibal Sanchez. It was his 9th homer of the season, and his first hit since returning from the disabled list after injuring his hamstring.
The Halos put together 14 hits on the night, including 3 apiece from Valbuena and Pennington, and two apiece from Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons.
Game 3 of the series will be on Saturday night. Ricky Nolasco (2-2; 4.31 ERA) is on the mound for the Halos, while the Tigers will give the ball to Daniel Norris (2-2; 4.55 ERA).
Tigers Pound Angels
May 11, 2017
Justin Upton and former Angel Andrew Romine homered in the first two innings, as the Tigers dominated the Angels 7-1 on Thursday night at the Big A.
Upton hit a 3-run homer in the 1st inning off of JC Ramirez, giving the Tigers a quick lead they would never relinquish.
“The first inning has been huge for me in all the games I’ve been starting,” Ramirez said. “I don’t know why. Then I bounce back. Maybe I need to be more focused, be more mentally prepared for that first inning.”
Romine made it 5-0 in the 2nd with a 2-run blast, his 2nd long ball of the season. Ramirez did settle down after that, retiring 10 straight batters at one point.
Ramirez (3-3) took the loss, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits in 7 innings of work. He managed to spare the bullpen a long evening, but the Halos couldn’t give him any run support.
The only Angel run came on an RBI double from Yunel Escobar in the 5th inning. It was also 1 of only 4 hits on the night for the Halos.
In 11 of their last 17 games, the Angels have been held to three runs or fewer. Mike Trout did return to the lineup and started as the teams Designated Hitter, but he was 0-4 on the night.
Michael Fulmer (4-1) picked up the win, pitching 7 strong innings for the Tigers. He allowed just 1 run on 3 hits, while striking out 7.
“We have probably a handful of guys in our lineup right now struggling to find their rhythm,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “They’re not seeing the ball as well as they can. We have some guys just fighting themselves who need to just exhale and take a step back, and that’s what we’re working on.
The Angels and Tigers will do it again on Friday night in Anaheim. It will be Matt Shoemaker (1-2; 5.21 ERA) for the Halos and Jordan Zimmermann (3-1; 6.21 ERA) for Detroit.
Triggs and A’s Top the Angels
May 10, 2017
Andrew Triggs pitched 6 strong innings and Chad Pinder hit a 2-run shot, as the A’s knocked off the Angels 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon in the rubber game of their three-game set.
Triggs (5-2) threw 105 pitches, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits. He struck out 4, walked 3, and managed to escape trouble on numerous occasions.
Triggs began the game by walking three straight batters to load the bases. However, all the Angels could generate was an RBI fielders’ choice by Jefry Marte. The Angels were 0-8 with runners in scoring position on the day. Triggs found a way to pitch out of trouble repeatedly.
Liam Hendriks, Ryan Madsen, and Santiago Casilla gave up only 1 hit over the final 3 innings of play.
Jesse Chaves (2-5) took the loss for the Halos. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 5 and walking 2.
“Jesse really pitched a strong game,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “A broken-bat base hit, and then Pinder launched one that got up in the jet stream. I think at night time no way would that ball going to carry. He pitched really well for us.”
Pinder’s home run came on an 0-1 pitch after Mark Canha lead off the 5th inning with a single to right.
The A’s would an an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th inning when Khris Davis singled in Ryon Healy. That came against Angels reliever Yusmeiro Petit.
The Angels played the game without sluggers Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Trout missed his 5th consecutive game with a hamstring injury, and Pujols was given the day off.
The Halos will now open a 7-game homestand starting Thursday night against Detroit. JC Ramirez (3-2, 3.74 ERA) will get the start in the first of a four game series. The Tigers will counter with Michael Fulmer (3-1; 2.77 ERA).
Escobar Leads Angels Over A’s
May 9, 2017
Yunel Escobar hit a 3-run homer and drove in 4 runs, and the Angels took down the A’s 7-3 on Tuesday night in Oakland.
Albert Pujols and Ben Revere also hit solo home runs for the Halos, who found some offense after Mike Trout sat out his 4th straight game with a hamstring injury.
Alex Meyer (1-1) picked up the win, pitching 5 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits while striking out 7 and walking 5. Bud Norris pitched the 9th to pick up his 6th save of the season.
Pujols solo blast put the Angels up 1-0. The A’s responded with a 2-run blast form Yonder Alonso, which was his first of two homers on the evening. He added a solo shot in the 6th inning as well.
The Angels would put up four runs in the 2nd inning on the home runs by Revere and Escobar, suddenly giving them a 5-2 lead.
In the 4th, the Halos would add two more, off a Cliff Pennington run-scoring single, and an RBI groundout from Escobar.
Jharel Cotton (3-4) took the loss. He went 5 innings, giving up all 7 runs on 8 hits. Not even having Kevin Durant in the house could help the A’s on this night.
The Angels are now 6-0 this year on Tuesday night. Both teams will go at it in the rubber game on Wednesday afternoon. Jesse Chavez (2-4; 4.46 ERA) gets the ball for the Halos, and the A’s will go with Andrew Triggs (4-2, 2.34 ERA).
A’s Edge The Angels In 11 Innings
May 8, 2017
Jed Lowrie belted a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning, as the A’s defeated the Angels 3-2 on Monday night in Oakland. It was the A’s 3rd straight walk-off win.
Lowrie connected on a 1-0 pitch, his 2nd homer of the game, drilling it 405 feet over the right center field wall. The home run came off of Halos reliever Deolis Guerra. Guerra (2-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings, and was shutting down the A’s until he faced Lowrie, who’s homer was the only hit Oakland generated off the Angels right-hander.
The Angels took a quick 2-0 lead in the 1st inning on a Luis Valbuena 2-run homer. Those were the only two runs given up by Oakland starter Kendall Graveman, who pitched 7 innings. Graveman got the no decision, but scattered 7 hits and just the 2 runs, while striking out 6 and walking 1.
Oakland got four innings of scoreless relief from Ryan Madsen, Santiago Casilla, and Liam Hendriks. The trio gave up only 2 hits in their 4 innings of work. Hendriks (1-0) got credit for the win.
Lowrie’s first home run of the game came in the 4th inning off of Angel starter Ricky Nolasco, which cut the Angels’ lead to 2-1.
Just one inning later, Oakland tied it on another solo home run, this time from Trevor Plouffe. Nolasco gave up the 2 runs on 5 hits, in 7 innings of work. He struck out 10 batters in 103 pitches.
Mike Trout sat out for the 4th time in 5 games, and the Angels offense struggled. The Halos were 0-6 with runners in scoring position, leaving 9 men on base on the night.
The news got even worse for the Angels when shortstop Andrelton Simmons got hit by a pitch in the first and left an inning later with a bruised left hand and right thumb. X-rays were negative and he is day to day.
The Angels and A’s will be back at it tomorrow night in Oakland. Alex Meyer (0-1; 9.39 ERA) will take the mound for the Halos, while the A’s will counter with Jharel Cotton (3-3; 4.64 ERA).
Astros Get By Halos In Rubber Match
May 7, 2017
Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis hit home runs and the Astros defeated the Angels 5-3 in the rubber game of their three-game series on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim.
The Angels played without Mike Trout for the 2nd straight game, sitting out with a sore hamstring, and this time Houston took advantage.
The Halos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in this one after a solo blast from Yunel Escobar in the 1st inning, followed by a Martin Maldonado RBI single in the 2nd.
Angel starter Matt Shoemaker ran into trouble in the 3rd inning. With one out, Alex Bregman doubled, and after Jake Marisnick struck out, George Spring walked. Then Josh Reddick singled, driving in Bregman, which put the Astros on the board. The next batter was Altuve, who connected on a 3-run shot to left field, giving Houston a 4-2 lead. The Astros would add another solo shot in the 7th off of Shoemaker, courtesy of Gattis, who connect on the first pitch of the inning.
Shoemaker (1-2) took the loss after pitching 6 innings, giving up 5 runs on 5 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 4 while making 80 pitches. After the Gattis homer in the 7th, Yusmeiro Petit came in to relieve Shoemaker.
Escobar drilled his 2nd homer of the game in the 5th inning, driving a pitch over the center field wall off of Mike Fiers. Fiers (1-1) picked up the win after going 5 innings, giving up all 3 Angel runs on 4 hits. He made 94 pitches, striking out 1 and walking 4. Ken Giles picked up his 8th save of the season, pitching a perfect 9th inning, and striking out the last two batters he faced.
Houston got 4 scoreless innings of relief from James Hoyt, Will Harris, and Giles. The three combined to give up just 2 hits, while striking out a total of 7 Angels.
The Astros are now 21-11, which is their best start in franchise history. After taking two of three over the weekend, they are now 17-6 against the AL West. The Angels are now 16-17 on the year, 5.5 games back of Houston in the division.
The Halos will now travel up to Oakland to open up a 3-game set with the A’s beginning Monday night. Rickly Nolasco (2-2; 4.68 ERA) will be on the hill for the Angels, while Oakland will counter with Kendall Graveman (2-2; 3.95 ERA).
Angels Get Walk Off Win Over Astros
May 6, 2017
Andrelton Simmons delivered an infield single in the bottom of the 9th inning, scoring Kole Calhoun, and the Angels defeated the Astros 2-1 on Saturday night at the Big A in walk off fashion.
Simmons hit a chopper high off the plate to short, which gave Carlos Correa trouble. The Astros shortstop attempted to throw home, but it was in not nearly in time to get Calhoun at the plate.
Calhoun led off the 9th inning against Chris Devenski with a walk. Then Albert Pujols hit a single to left field, which allowed Calhoun to make it all the way to 3rd base, after some aggressive running by the Angels right fielder. Luis Valbuena struck out, but that set the stage for Simmons heroics.
Bud Norris (1-1) picked up the win after pitching a scoreless 9th inning. Devenski (2-2) took the loss for the Astros, after giving up the game-winning run in the 9th.
Both teams exchanged runs in the first two innings. Carlos Beltran doubled in Correa in the first inning, giving the Astros a 1-0 lead.
The Halos response in the 2nd after Cameron Maybin produced an RBI groundout, which scored Valbuena.
J.C. Ramirez did not factor in the decision, but had a strong start. He pitched 6 innings, giving up the lone run in the 1st inning, while yielding 8 hits, striking out 2 and walking 2. Blake Parker, David Hernandez, and Bud Norris combined to give up just 1 hit over the last 3 innings.
The Astros got 7 strong innings from Lance McCullers. He allowed just 1 run on on 2 hits, striking out 4 Angels, but did not factor into the decision either.
Mike Trout was a late scratch in this one with a tight hamstring. The Angels improved their record to 16-16 on the season.
The rubber game of the 3-game set will be on Sunday afternoon at the Big A. Matt Shoemaker (1-1; 4.78 ERA) goes to the mound for the Halos, while the Astros will counter with Mike Fiers (0-1; 5.68 ERA).
Angels Rally But Astros Win In 10
May 5, 2017
The Angels have had some big comebacks in the 1st month of the baseball season. They had another one on Friday night at the Big A, but this one fell short, with the Astros winning 7-6 in 10 innings.
Houston blew a 4-run lead in the 9th inning, but Carlos Correa singled home Jose Altuve in the 10th inning, which was the decisive run in the Astros victory.
The Angels trailed 6-2 heading into the 9th inning. However, three straight singles chased Houston starter Dallas Keuchel. That forced the Astros to bring in Ken Giles to face Mike Trout with the bases loaded and nobody out. Trout singled to make it 6-3. After an Albert Pujols strikeout, pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena had an RBI groundout, pulling the Angels within 2 runs. An Andrelton Simmons infield single, followed by a pinch-hit single to right from Kole Calhoun would tie the score 6-6. The Halos had a chance to win it, but Ben Revere flied out to left, which sent the game to extra innings.
“We’ve been coming from behind all year,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We put together a great inning in the ninth, great at-bats all the way around. We just couldn’t get that last hit to push us through.”
Giles (1-1) was charged with one of the four runs in the 9th, but still got credit for the win. Chris Devenski retired the Angels in order in the 10th inning to pick up his 2nd save of the season.
Keuchel came into the game with a 5-0 record, and was pitching well until the 9th inning. He ended up getting charged with 7 hits and 5 runs, but the AL Pitcher of the Month of April remained undefeated.
Things looked good for the Angels earlier in the game when Albert Pujols hit his 595th career homer to give the Halos a 1-0 lead in the 4th.
The Astros tied it at 1-1 in the 3rd when Josh Reddick countered with a solo shot of his own, his 3rd long ball of the season.
Martin Maldonado put the Angels back in front with solo home run to center field, but the Angels 2-1 lead wouldn’t last long.
Brian McCann would connect on a 3-run homer in the 7th inning, then Reddick and McCann delivered run-scoring singles in the 8th and 9th inning, which made it 6-2.
Bud Norris (0-1) ended up taking the loss for the Angels, giving up the game-winning RBI single to Correa in the 10th inning. Jesse Chavez started for the Halos, going 6 1/3 innings, yielding 3 runs on 4 hits. He left in the 7th inning with two runners on, before Jose Alvarez surrendered McCann’s homer.
The Astros have the best record in the American League, and matched their best 30-game start in club history with the victory.
Game 2 of the series will be on Saturday night in Anaheim. JC Ramirez (3-2, 4.23 ERA) will make his 5th start of the season for the Angels, while the Astros will go with Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 4.08 ERA).
Mariners Dominate Angels
May 4, 2017
Danny Valencia had four hits, including a home run, and the Mariners dominated the Angels on Thursday night 11-3 at Safeco Field.
Ariel Miranda (3-2) pitched seven strong innings for the Mariners, giving up just 2 runs on 7 hits to collect the win.
Alex Meyer (0-1) got roughed up in his first start of the year for the Halos. He went 4 innings, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits. Meyer made 90 pitches, consistently delivering his powerful 97-mph fastball, but struggled to command it.
“He showed flashes of why we’re excited about him,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said afterward. However, Scioscia wasn’t sure what Meyer can do to fulfill that potential. “Right now, that’s the $64,000 question,” he said.
It was a tough go for Meyer from the beginning. He hit the 1st batter he faced, walked the second, then allowed an RBI double to Nelson Cruz, all in the 1st inning.
Meyer gave up a leadoff walk in the 3rd, then struck out a pair of Mariners. Just when it started to look like he was settling down, Kyle Seager and Valencia delivered a couple of singles, and it was 2-0. Guillermo Heredia’s bloop single drove in another run. Seattle would tack on two more in the 4th inning, and it was 6-2.
“You gotta get ahead early,” Meyer said. “Here’s my fastball for a strike. Here’s my breaking ball. You’ve gotta pound the zone. Otherwise, it puts them in a position where they can swing the bat more comfortably.”
The Angels couldn’t generate much offense in this one either. Juan Graterol had a 2-run single in the 2nd inning, and Andrelton Simmons produced an RBI groundout in the 8th inning. Yunel Escobar had four hits on the night.
Mike Trout had the night off after Mike Scioscia said the slugger’s hamstring was a little tight.
The Angels will return home for a 3-game set with the Astros next over the weekend. Jesse Chavez (2-4, 4.50 ERA) starts for the Halos on Friday, opposed by Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel (5-0, 1.21 ERA).
Mariners Rally Past Halos
May 3, 2017
Jarrod Dyson delievered a 2-out, 2-run double in the 8th inning, and former Angel Jean Segura tacked on a 2-run single after that, as the Mariners defeated the Angels 8-7 on Wednesday night at Safeco Field.
The Angels tried to rally in the 9th inning when Kole Calhoun drilled a solo homer to left field, pulling the Halos within 8-7, but that was as close as they would get.
The Angels trailed 4-0 heading into the 6th and rallied for four runs at that point. Mike Trout got the Halos going with a 2-run shot to center field. A sac fly from Andelton Simmons, a run-scoring single from Cliff Pennington , and a 2-run double from Yunel Escobar put the Angels ahead 6-4.
The Mariners hit a couple of long balls earlier in the game to take a 4-0 lead. Robinson Cano hit a solo blast in the 1st inning off of Ricky Nolasco, then Segura added a 2-run homer in the 5th. Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single in the same inning, and the Mariners looked like they would cruise to an easy victory at that point.
Nolasco lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 2, while also giving up both Mariner home runs. He did not factor in the decision.
Blake Parker (0-2) took the loss for the Angels after giving up 4 runs in the 8th inning. Jean Machi (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Seattle, while Edwin Diaz recorded his 5th save.
The rubber game of the 3 game set will be on Thursday night at Safeco Field. Alex Meyer (0-1; 4.91 ERA) gets the start for the Angels, while the Mariners go with Ariel Miranda (2-2; 3.81 ERA).
Angels Rally To Beat M’s in 11
May 2, 2017
Albert Pujols knocked in the go-ahead RBI single that scored Mike Trout from 1st base in the top of the 11th inning, as the Angels defeated the Mariners 6-4 in extra innings on Tuesday night at Safeco Field.
Pujols drove a pitch to right field off of reliever James Pazos, which forced Ben Gamel to dive for the ball. He came up short in his attempt, and the ball bounced up against the wall, allowing Trout to score. It was the 1,840th RBI of Pujols’ career and he passed Al Simmons and Ted Williams for 14th on the all-time list.
Pujols would then steal 3rd base, and then score later in the inning on a fielders choice by Andrelton Simmons.
Pazos (0-1) took the loss and Deolis Guerra (2-1) pitched the last two innings to get credit for the victory.
Matt Shoemaker got the start for the Angels, pitching 5 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits while striking out 5. The Angels used 6 relievers after that, who only allowed 1 run on 3 hits over the next 6 innings.
James Paxton started for the Mariners and also did not factor into the decision. Paxton went 5 1/3 inning, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits.
The Angels took a 4-3 lead in the 8th inning after a 2-run shot from Kole Calhoun. However, the Mariners would tie it at 4-4 in the 9th, when Robinson Canoe singled in Jarrod Dyson.
Danny Valencia also went deep for the Mariners, giving them a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning with his 2nd homer of the season.
The Angels fell behind 2-0 in the 3rd inning, but after a Cameron Maybin RBI double in the 4th, and a Jefry Mare sac fly in the 5th, they had tied the score 2-2.
Game 2 of the series will be Wednesday night at Safeco Field. Ricky Nolasco (2-2; 4.13 ERA) gets the start for the Angels, while the Mariners go with Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2; 4.15 ERA)
Halos Take Rubber Game From Texas
Apri 30, 2017
The Angels finished the month of April on a high note, defeating Texas 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in Arlington. The Halos took two of three games during the weekend showdown between the division rivals.
Kole Calhoun and Jefry Marte hit home runs, and JC Ramirez got his first win as a starter after four tries. Ramirez (3-2) matched a career-high with 9 strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, giving up only two runs on four hits.
Bud Norris got the final four outs of the game to earn his 5th save of the season. Norris struck out four of the five batters that he faced, including Rougned Odor with two on to end the 8th inning.
The Halos fell behind early on an RBI single from Carlos Gomez, but Calhoun’s solo blast to center field tied it up at 1-1. Marte came through in the 5th with a 2-run single, but Shin-Soo Choo’s solo home run off of Ramirez cut the lead to 3-2.
The Angels padded their lead in the 6th inning on an RBI single from Yunel Escobar, while Marte’s 9th inning solo shot to left field capped the scoring, making it 5-2.
Martin Perez (1-4) took the loss for the Rangers. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 1 and walking 4.
Calhoun had two hits, scored twice, and also made a spectacular play by throwing out Gomez trying to score form second on a single in the 1st inning, after the Rangers had taken a 1-0 lead.
The Angels finished April with 14 wins in 27 tries. They have not had a better record at this stage in a season since 2011.
The Halos will now travel to Seattle to begin a 3-game set with the Mariners starting Tuesday. Matt Shoemaker (1-1; 4.73 ERA) will get the ball for the Angels in the first game, while the Mariners go with James Paxton (3-0; 1.39 ERA).
Rangers Snap Angels Win Streak
April 29, 2017
Carlos Gomez hit a 2-run homer in the 7th inning to complete his 2nd career cycle, and the Rangers defeated the Angels 6-3 on Saturday afternoon in Arlington.
Yu Darvish (3-2) picked up the win after pitching 6 strong innings and giving up just 2 runs on 3 hits, while striking out 10 Angels. Darvish threw 125 pitches before departing.
Jesse Chavez (2-4) took the loss for the Halos. He last 6 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 3 and walking 2.
The Angels struck first in this one after an RBI double from Mike Trout, and a sacrifice fly from Albert Pujols, which gave them a 2-0 lead in the 4th inning.
However, the Rangers got 4 runs in the 5th inning to take control of the game. Nomar Mazara delivered an RBI single, Gomez had an RBI triple, and Rougned Odor connected on a 2-run homer.
Gomez home run in the 7th made it 6-2 and capped the scoring for Texas. The Angels only other run came on a sac fly from Cliff Pennington in the 9th inning.
The Angels had their 5-game win streak snapped with the loss. Mike Trout went 2-4 in the defeat and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
“The wind was crazy,” Trout said. “I couldn’t even tell you what direction it was blowing.”
The rubber game of the 3-game set will be on Sunday afternoon in Arlington. JC Ramirez (0-2; 4.16 ERA) will get the call for the Halos, while the Rangers will counter with Martin Perez (1-3; 3.60 ERA).
Angels Make It 5 Straight
April 28, 2017
Yunel Escobar, Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols hit home runs, and Tyler Skaggs pitched strong 5 innings as the Angels defeated the Rangers 6-3 in Arlington on Friday night. It was the Halo’s 5th straight victory, and moved them 1 game over .500 on the season.
Escobar went deep on the first pitch of the game to give the Angels a quick 1-0 lead. The Rangers tied the game in their half of the 1st on a sac fly from Carlos Gomez.
It stayed that way until the 6th inning, when Trout went deep with Kole Calhoun aboard, and the Angels had a 3-1 lead. However, an RBI double from Elvis Andrus and a Mike Napoli run-scoring single tied the game again 3-3.
In the 8th, the Rangers would not allow Trout to beat them again, intentionally walking the Angels slugger. That put two on for Pujols, who made the Rangers pay with a 3-run shot.
“We weren’t giving into Trout at all,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. “Look, there was a situation there, he had hit the ball hard a couple of times, and we were not going to give in there. Move on to Pujols.”
Deolis Guerra (1-1) got credit for the win, and Jose Alvarez pitched the 9th to get his 1st save of the season.
The only bad news for the Angels was that they lost several players to injury. CJ Cron fouled a pitch off his foot, and will be placed on the 10-day DL. The same for Tyler Skaggs, who left after throwing 76 pitches due to an injury in his right oblique.
Game 2 of the 3 game set will be on Saturday night. Jesse Chavez (2-3; 3.96 ERA) is on the mount for the Angels, while the Rangers will go with Yu Darvish (2-2; 2.91 ERA).
Halos Get Back To .500
April 27, 2017
The Angels made it four in a row on Thursday at the Big A, with a 2-1 victory over the A’s. The Halos completed a three-game sweep of Oakland, and evened their record at 12-12 on the season.
Ricky Nolasco pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 4 and walking 2. He improved his record to 2-2 on the season. Bud Norris earned the save, his 4th of the season.
In the 6th inning, Nolasco got Jaff Decker to pop out and Matt Joyce to groundout. However, Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis walked, then Yonder Alonso reach on an error by Cliff Pennington. That loaded the bases for Ryon Healy. Mike Scioscia brought in Blake Parker, who struck out Healy, which ended the threat.
Kendall Graveman (2-1) took the loss for the A’s. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 4.
Both Angel runs came in the 1st inning. Albert Pujols singled home Mike Trout, and CJ Cron doubled in Pujols, and that was all the offense the Angels needed.
The only Oakland run came in the 4th inning came on an RBI single from Yonder Alonso. That was just 1 of 3 hits the A’s generated on the night.
Blake Parker, David Hernandez, Jose Alvarez, and Norris did not allow a single run or hit in 3 1/3 innings of work.
The Angels now travel to Texas to open a 3-game series with the Rangers on Friday. Daniel Wright will be in the hill for the Halos, while the Rangers will go with Nick Martinez.
Matt Shoemaker Finally Gets First Win
April 26, 2017
Matt Shoemaker pitched 5 solid innings for the Angels on the way to his first victory of the season, and the Halos defeated the A’s 8-5 on Wednesday night at the Big A.
“Wins are always great, but the satisfaction is that we won,” Shoemaker said. “It was a tight game up to that point. Just had to battle to get through five. Winning after that, that was the great thing right there.”
Bud Norris pitched a scoreless 9th inning to earn his 3rd save of the season.
Sean Manaea (1-2) got through just two innings before taking the loss. He allowing three runs before his night ended after only 34 pitches because of left shoulder tightness. Manaea retired the first three batters he faced, then allowed three runs on four hits in the second inning.
The Angels fell behind 2-0 in the 1st inning on a 2-run single from Yonder Alonso. However, a Danny Espinosa double, a Cameron Maybin RBI single, and an RBI double from Martin Maldonado put the Angels back in front 3-2. The Halos would tack on one more in the 5th when Albert Pujols delivered an RBI single to right, scoring Mike Trout.
A solo shot in the 6th inning by Yonder Alonso made it 4-3, however, the Angels produced a 4-run 7th inning to put the game out of reach. Former Angel Matt Joyce hit a 2-run homer in the 8th inning, but it wasn’t enough.
The Angels improved to 11-12 on the season. They’ll try to even their record at .500 on Thursday night at the Big A. Ricky Nolasco (1-2, 4.76 ERA) will oppose the Athletics’ Kendall Graveman (2-0, 2.00 ERA).
Angels Walk Off Against A’s in 11
April 25, 2017
Kole Calhoun delivered a walk off RBI single to score Danny Espinosa in the bottom of the 11th inning, and the Angels defeated A’s 2-1 in 11 innings on Tuesday night at the Big A.
This one was scoreless until extra innings, when both teams were finally able to get on the board against the bullpen. Josh Phegley hit a solo shot off of Jose Alvarez in the 10th inning. However, Mike Trout countered with a solo shot of his own in the Halo half of the 10th inning to tie the game.
Brooks Pounders (1-0) got credit for the victory after pitching a scoreless 11th inning. Ryan Madson (0-2) took the loss for Oakland after giving up the game-winning hit to Calhoun
JC Ramirez had a strong start for the Angels, going 7 innings, giving up just 2 hits an striking out 7. Jesse Hahn was just as good for the A’s, going 8 inning and giving up a single hit, while striking out 6.
Neither team could advance a base runner past 2nd base after a combined 60 plate appearances.
The Angels improved to 10-12 on the season. Manager Mike Scioscia got his 1,500th career victory.
Both teams will be back at it on Wednesday night at the Big A. The Angels will go with Matt Shoemaker (0-1; 4.98 ERA) while the A’s will counter with Sean Manea (1-1 4.43 ERA).
Angels Salvage Split With Blue Jays
April 24, 2017
Jesse Chavez pitched 6 strong innings giving up only 1 run on 4 hits, and the Angels defeated the Blue Jays 2-1 on Monday night. The Jays and Angels split their four game series with two wins each.
Chavez improved his record to 2-3 on the season. He threw 101 pitches, giving up only a solo home run to Russell Martin in the 4th inning. That put the Blue Jays up 1-0 at that point. Chavez struck out 7 and walked 4 on the night.
The Angels didn’t generate much more offense but it was enough to win. Albert Pujols delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th inning, which scored Mike Trout to tie the game 1-1.
The Halos would go-ahead 2-1 in the 5th inning when Cameron Maybin scored after Yunel Escobar hit into a fielder’s choice. Maybin broke from third on contact and scored on a close play at the plate.
Yusmeiro Petit, David Hernandez, and Bud Norris pitched the last 3 innings and shutdown Toronto over that stretch. The trio allowed a total of three hits. Norris earned his 2nd save of the season, despite letting a pair of Blue Jays on base in the 9th. He did induce an game-ending double play to end the threat though.
Francisco Liriano took the loss for the Jays, falling to 1-2 on the season. Liriano went 5 1/3 innings, allowing the two runs on five hits and four walks, with two strikeouts.
Earlier in the day, the Angels acquired right-handed reliever David Hernandez from Atlanta. To make room for Hernandez, the Angels optioned right-hander Daniel Wright back to triple-A Salt Lake. Their top 3 relievers are on the disabled list, along with ace, Garrett Richards.
Up next, the Halos will host the A’s for a 3-game set beginning Tuesday. JC Ramirez (2-2; 6.46 ERA) will get the ball for the Angels, and he’ll be opposed by Jesse Hahn (1-1; 3.00 ERA).
Angels Stifled By Stroman & Jays
April 23, 2017
Marcus Stroman pitched a complete game and gave up only 1 earned run on 7 hits, and the Blue Jays had a 4-run blitz in the 8th inning to beat the Angels 6-2.
At one point, Stroman retired 17 consecutive batters during his 99-pitch performance, which improved his record to 2-2 on the season. It was also his is first appearance back in Southern California since pitching the U.S. to victory in the World Baseball Classic final at Dodger Stadium last month.
Things looked really good for the Angels for most of the game. Albert Pujols delivered a 2-run single in the 3rd inning, and the Halos had a 2-0 lead all the way until the 8th.
Spot starter Daniel Wright gave up only three hits over his five shutout innings of work. Blake Parker and Jose Alvarez recorded the next six outs for the Angels. Then Mike Scioscia turned to Deolis Guerra to pitch the 8th.
After issuing a lead-off walk to Russell Martin, with 1 out, Devon Travis hit a 1-1 pitch over the left center field fence and the Jays had a 2-1 lead. Ryan Goins grounded out, then Scioscia brought in Brooks Pounders to face Kevin Pillar.
3 pitches later, Pillar took Pounders deep to left, and Toronto had a 2-run lead. An Ezequiel Carrera triple and a walk to Jose Bautista set the stage for former Angel Kendrys Morales to add to the lead. He would reach on an infield single to 3rd, scoring Carrera, and it was 4-1 Jays.
Pounders ran into more trouble in the 9th, giving up a 2-run shot to Goins, which padded the lead to 6-1. Pounders allowed two homers, a triple, a double, a single, and a walk over 1 1/3 innings.
The Angels threatened in the 9th, as Andrelton Simmons produced an RBI single to make it 6-2, but Stroman induced a game-ending double play.
The Halos have now lost 10 of their last 12 games, and they have the 2nd worst run differential (-20) in all of Major League Baseball.
The Angels will try to salvage a split of their four game series on Monday night. Ricky Nolasco (1-2; 4.76 ERA) will be on the hill for the Halos, while the Jays will go with Francisco Liriano (1-1; 5.11 ERA).
Simmons Does It All In Angel Win
April 22, 2017
Andrelton Simmons hit a grand slam and the Angels held on to beat the Blue Jays 5-4 at the Big A on Saturday night.
Simmons hit a tie-breaking grand slam in the 3rd inning, the 2nd of his career, and also made a spectacular defensive play in the 9th. The Angel shortstop made a diving stop to help turn the fourth double play of the game, and end the Jays final threat of the evening.
“Double plays are great, but grand slams are cool, too, especially when you win,” Simmons said.
The Blue Jays jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Tyler Skaggs in the 1st inning. Justin Smoak came through with an RBI single.
The Halos tied it in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single from CJ Cron, which scored Mike Trout.
After Simmons made it 5-1, the Jays were held in check until the 8th inning. That’s when Kevin Pillar hit a 2-run homer against Kirby Yates. Smoak would take Yates deep to start the 9th, and the Angels found themselves clinging to a 5-4 lead.
The Blue Jays then had the tying run on first with nobody out when Devon Travis hit a grounder up the middle that Simmons turned into that spectacular 6-4-3 double play.
Skaggs got the win, pitching 7 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits and striking out 4. He picked up his first win of the season, and is now 1-1. Bud Norris came in during the 9th inning to record the save.
Casey Lawrence took the loss for the Jays. He’s now 0-2 on the season after pitching 6+ innings, yielding 4 earned runs on 8 hits, and striking out 4.
The Angels and Jays are back at it tomorrow afternoon in game 3 of the series. Jesse Chavez (1-3; 5.00 ERA) will go for the Halos, and Marcus Stroman (1-2; 4.05 ERA) will get the call for Toronto.
Blue Jays Outlast Angels in 13 Innings
April 21, 2017
Just when you thought things could only get better for the Angels, they lose to the team with the worst record in baseball on Friday night at the Big A. The Blue Jays defeated the Angels 8-7 in 13 innings in the first of a four game set.
Jose Bautista hit his first homer of the season, a 3-run blast coming in the top of the 13th inning, to put the Jays ahead 8-5. The Halos threatened in the 9th inning, but Toronto held on for just it’s 4th victory of the season.
The Blue Jays were off to their worst start in franchise history, and Bautista was hitting only .109 coming into the game. The Angels haven’t been much better, now losers of 9 of their last 10 games, and tied for last place in the AL West.
The Angels were forced to use Jesse Chavez in the 13th inning. Chavez took the loss, and was schedule to start on Sunday. The Halos used all of their position players and relievers.
After a walk and two Toronto errors, the Halos loaded the bases in the bottom of the 13th inning with nobody out. The Jays brought in reliever Joe Biagini, who struck out Cliff Pennington for the 1st out of the inning.
A single by Kole Calhoun, and a walk to Mike Trout made the score 8-7. However, Albert Pujols struck out, and CJ Cron lined out to center to end the game. Biagini earned the save, and Ryan Tepera got credit for the win after pitching 3 scoreless innings of relief.
The Angels started Alex Meyer, who made his season debut after being called up from the minors. However, he didn’t last long, pitching only 3 2/3rd innings. He yielded two runs on four hits, walking four, and also had a wild pitch that scored one of the runs. The Jays had a 2-0 lead heading to the bottom of the 3rd.
Albert Pujols gave the Angels the lead with a 3-run double in that 3rd inning. Two innings later, Mike Trout hit a solo home run and it was 4-2 Halos.
A few innings later, the Angels gave the lead right back. With a 4-3 lead, Bud Norris walked two and gave way to Cam Bedrosian, who promptly wild pitched the runners up a base and gave up a two-run double to Justin Smoak.
An RBI double from Jefrey Marte in the 8th inning would tie the game at 5-5. It appeared the ball may have bounced off the bottom of the foul pole, but after a review it was ruled a double.
After all that, the Angels and Jays will be back at it on Saturday night at the Big A in game 2 of the series. Tyler Skaggs (0-1; 5.19 ERA) will get the ball for the Angels, and the Jays will counter with Casey Lawrence (0-1; 13.50 ERA).
Angel Bats Still Quiet in Houston
April 20, 2017
Another day in Houston, and another loss where the Angels couldn’t get their bats going. This time a 2-1 loss to the Astros, which gave Houston 3 victories in the 4 game set.
The Angels were victimized by the long ball in this one. Carlos Beltran connected on a solo shot off Matt Shoemaker in the 1st inning to give the Astros a 1-0 lead.
Houston would add to that in the 5th when Jake Marisnick took Shoemaker deep to left for another solo homer, and the Astros had a 2-0 lead.
The Halos only run came in the 9th on a home run by Mike Trout. It was his 4th of the season.
Shoemaker took the loss, his first of the year. He went 7 innings, giving up just the 2 home runs on 3 hits, while striking out 7 Astros. He departed after 98 pitches, then turned things over to Bud Norris who pitched a scoreless 8th inning.
However, the Astros pitching was more flawless on this day. Lance McCullers pitched 6 2/3rd innings, delivering a 3-hit shutout in that stretch. He improved to 2-0 on the season.
Chris Devenski pitched the final 2 1/3rd innings to get credit for the save. He allowed 3 hits, including the Trout homer, but stranded Cliff Pennington and Andrelton Simmons at 2nd and 3rd to end the game. At one point he struck out 8 of 10 Angels.
The Halos now lead the majors with 25 home runs allowed. They’ve also dropped 8 of their last 9 games to fall to 7-10 on the season.
The Angel are now headed home to open a 4-game series with the Blue Jays. It will be Tyler Skaggs (0-1; 5.19 ERA) going for the Halos on Friday, while the Jays will deploy Mat Latos, who was just called up from Triple-A.
Royals Rock The Angels
April 14, 2017
The Royals hammered the Angels on Friday night in KC by a score of 7-1. It was another brutal night of pitching for the Angels.
J.C. Ramirez lasted 5 innings and threw only 75 pitches. He took the loss after giving up 5 runs on 4 hits.
Danny Duffy allowed three hits over seven innings and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer for the Royals.
The Angels jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a Mike Trout RBI single. However, the Royals would counter with 7 unanswered runs.
Salvador Perez hit a solo shot in the 6th inning for KC.
The Angels and Royals will get back at it on Saturday in game 2 of the series.
Matt Shoemaker will get the ball for the Halos and look to get on track after two rough starts. The Royals will go with Nate Karns.
Halos Roughed Up By Rangers Again
April 12, 2017The Angels ran out of comeback magic on Wednesday night at the Big A, losing to the Rangers 8-3. Texas hit 3 home runs in the victory.Mike Napoli, Elvis Andrus, and Carlos Gomez all went deep for the Rangers. Joey Gallo hit a go-ahead two run triple in the 5th inning, and Texas never looked back.A.J. Griffin got the win for Texas. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. It was his first victory in six starts dating back to last September.J.C. Chavez took the loss for the Angels. He went 4 1/3rd innings, yielding 5 runs on 5 hits. The Halos also got a solo home run from Mike Trout in the 3rd inning. His 3rd long ball of the season.The Rangers got off to the quick start in this one, after Napoli and Andrus connected on solo blasts in the 1st inning. A pair of sacrifice flies from C.J. Cron and Danny Espinosa tied the game at 2-2, before Trout gave the Halos a 3-2 lead in the 3rd inning.However, Gallo’s RBI triple, and Jurickson Profar’s run-scoring single made it 5-3 after 5 innings.The Rangers would add three more runs on a Carlos Gomez home run in the 7th, and then a 2-run triple by Rougned Odor in the 9th inning.“Jesse got into some bad counts,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “He just wasn’t as effective as he was in his other outing.”The Angels return to action on Thursday afternoon at the Big in rubber match of the 3-game set. Ricky Nolasco gets the call for the Halos, while the Rangers will go with Yu Darvish.
Angels Walk Off Again
April 11, 2017
The Angels rallied for 3 runs in the 9th inning on Tuesday night to defeat Texas 6-5 at the Big A in 10 innings. It was their 2nd straight dramatic comeback win.
The walk-off hit came on a squeeze bunt from Carlos Perez in the 10th, which scored Cameron Maybin. The bunt came with one out , and runners at the corners.
The Halos rallied for seven runs in the 9th inning on Sunday to defeat the Mariners. This time the Angels were down 5-0 by the 3rd inning. Mike Napoli started things off with an RBI single in the 1st, then in the 3rd, Elvis Andrus and Jonthan Lucroy went deep, and Texas had its 5-run cushion.
Tyler Skaggs was tagged for all 5 runs on 8 hits, in 5 innings of work. However, Bud Norris, Yusmeiro Petit, and Cam Bedrosian combined to allow just 2 hits over the next 5 innings of work.
Jefry Marte got the Angels on the board in the 7th with a solo blast off of Cole Hamels. That was the only run of the game that Hamels would allow in 7 innings of work. The Angels could only manage 4 hits off of the Rangers’ ace.
In the 8th, Maybin doubled to right field, which scored Mike Trout, and cut the lead to 5-2. In the 9th, Danny Espinosa homered, Trout had an RBI double, and Albert Pujols had an RBI single to tie the game at 5-5.
The Rangers looked like they were going to get the lead back in their half of the 10th, but Trout robbed Mike Napoli for a home run.
Game 2 of the Series will be tomorrow night in Anaheim. The Angels will give the ball to J.C. Chavez, while the Rangers will go with A.J. Griffin.
Angels With 7-Run Rally In 9th To Beat M’s
April 9, 2017
The Angels did the unthinkable on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim. The Halos rallied from a 6-run deficit in the bottom of the 9th inning to defeat the Mariners 10-9. The win completed a 3-game sweep over Seattle.
The 9th inning rally was started by Albert Pujols hitting his 592nd career home run, a solo blast which made it 9-4. After an RBI groundout from Danny Espinosa and a 2-run double from Yunel Escobar, the score was 9-7. Pujols would come through again later in the inning, hitting a 2-run single to tie the game at 9-9 with 2 outs and the bases loaded. Cliff Pennington had the game-winning RBI single after that, scoring Mike Trout, which capped the epic comeback.
Andrew Bailey collected the win for the Angels, after he pitched a scoreless 9th. Edwin Diaz took the loss for Seattle, after allowing the final 3 runs of the game.
The Angels couldn’t generate much against M’s starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma went 6 innings, giving up just 1 run on two hits. Matt Shoemaker didn’t fare very well in his start for the Angels. Shoemaker went 4 1/3rd innings, yielding 6 earned runs on 5 hits.
“That was unbelievable,” Shoemaker said. “That was absolutely awesome. Those guys picked me up huge. I had a really, really sour day turn out sweet.”
It was the first time since Aug. 28, 1986, that the Angels scored at least seven runs in the ninth inning to win.
“We found some holes, those guys helped us with a couple of walks and we just had good at-bats all the way through,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “There was some incredible clutch hitting at the end.”
The Angels will get Monday off before beginning a 3-game set with the Rangers at the Big A on Tuesday. The first game of the series will feature Tyler Skaggs pitching for the Angels, and Cole Hammels on the Hill for the Rangers.
Trout Leads Halos Over Mariners
April 8, 2017
Mike Trout hit a 2-run blast in the 7th inning, and the Angels held on to defeat the Mariners 5-4 at the Big A on Saturday night.
Trout was honored before the game by the Angels, recognizing him for his 2nd AL MVP award in 3 years. Owner Arte Moreno presented Trout with a large commemorative ring. The Angels center fielder was 0-3 in his first three at-bats with 2 strikeouts, before connecting in the 7th inning on what would be the decisive blow to Seattle.
Andrelton Simmons also made an incredible defensive play in the 3rd inning. Jean Segura attempted to advance from first to third base on Mitch Haniger’s grounder. Simmons was covering third, and snagged Jefry Marte’s off-target throw and twisted in midair to apply a behind-the-back tag on Segura. It took video replay, but Segura was ruled out on the play.
J.C. Ramirez recorded the win, and Cam Bedrosian got his 2nd save of the season. He threw 18 pitches in the 8th inning, then struck out the side in the 9th for a five-out save.
“He felt great when he got out of the eighth,” skipper Mike Scoscia said. “He had some gas in his tank. And we’re closer to the day off on Monday.”
The Halos got off to a slow start in this one. Ricky Nolasco surrendered a 2-run homer to Haniger in the 1st. Nolasco pitched 6 innings, yielding those 2 runs on 4 hits, while striking out 3.
RBI singles by Danny Espinosa and Kole Calhoun over the next two innings would tie the game at 2-2. The Halos would then take a 3-2 lead on a solo shot from Yunel Escobar in the 5th inning. The Angels’ shortstop had 3 hits on the night.
Mike Zunino tied things up a 3-3 in the M’s half of the 7th inning with an RBI single. However, Trout came through with his big blast just half an inning later. The Mariners got one back in the 8th on a sacrifice fly from Nelson Cruz, but that’s as close they would come.
Felix Hernandez started for Seattle. King Felix went six innings, giving up 3 runs on 10 hits, and striking out 6. Evan Scribner took the loss for the Mariners, after giving up the home run to Trout.
The Angels will go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim. Matt Shoemaker will be on the hill for Halos, while the M’s will give the ball to Hisashi Iwakuma.
Angels Win Home Opener Against Mariners
April 7, 2017
The Angels got home runs from Cameron Maybin and Kole Calhoun in their home opener, and beat the Mariners 5-1 at the Big A on Friday night.
Jesse Chavez gave up only 4 hits and 1 run in 5 2/3rd innings of work, as the Halos improved to 3-2 on the season.
“We played a good game,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We didn’t play a perfect game, but we played really good defense early. We scratched out a couple runs and we kept going.”
Mike Trout started the scoring for the Angels with a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning. Albert Pujols made it 2-0 in the 3rd after Kyle Seager bobbled a grounder that would have been an inning-ending double play with the based loaded.
In the 6th, Chavez ran into some trouble. Mitch Haniger, Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz all singled in a span of seven pitches, making it 2-1. However, Jose Alvarez got the Angels out of the inning. Bud Norris, Andrew Bailey, and Blake Parker shut down the Mariners in each of the next 3 innings to secure the victory.
Maybin’s solo blast in the bottom of the 6th inning made it 3-1. It was his first home run as an Angel, which sailed into the right field stands. Calhoun would extend the lead to 5-1 on his 2-run bomb in the 7th.
Prior to the game, the Angels put Garrett Richards on the 10-Day DL after he suffered from a cramp in his bicep on Wednesday night. An MRI showed that there was no structural damage to the elbow that gave him trouble last season.
Game 2 of the series will be Saturday night at the Big A. Ricky Nolasco will go for the Angels, and he’ll go up against Mariners’ ace Felix Hernandez.
A’s Drop Angels For
April 6, 2017
The A’s got a 4-run third inning on Thursday afternoon, and beat the Angels 5-1 to split their four game series with the Halos.
Andrew Triggs pitched into the 6th inning for his 2nd career win. Triggs, who has a business degree from USC, allowed just 1 unearned run on 4 hits in 5 2/3rd innings.
The Angels took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd on an RBI groundout from Albert Pujols. However, the A’s would strike back in the bottom half of the inning.
Marcus Semien tied the game with an RBI single off of Tyler Skaggs, and ended up at 3rd after a Mike Trout error. Semien would score on a sac fly from Khris Davis. Ryon Healy delivered the big blow after that with a 2-run homer. The A’s would add 1 more in the 6th on a Trevor Plouffe RBI single.
Liam Hendricks, Santiago Casilla and Sean Doolitte combined for hitless relief for Oakland.
The Angels generated only five hits, but pitching is the bigger concern again. None of the Halos starters went more than 5 innings in the first four game series.
Tyler Skaggs had gotten a victory in his first start each season from 2013-16 but that streak came to an end as he gave up five runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1/3rd innings.
Skaggs just seemed happy to be out there though, and was encouraged despite the results. “It was fun,” Skaggs said. “Besides the third inning, everything was really good.”
Mike Scioscia on the other hand knows that much improvement is needed. “We’ve got confidence in our rotation,” Scioscia said, “but they’re going to have to do a better job to get a little deeper into games.”
Angels Win But
April 5, 2017
The Angels knocked off the A’s 5-0 on Wednesday night in Oakland, but they have more injury concerns with starting pitcher Garrett Richards.
Richards was sharp in his 4 2/3 innings of work, giving up just three hits while striking out four. However, he felt some cramping in his biceps, causing him to leave the game. Richards insisted that the move was nothing more than precautionary.
“Nothing serious. My arm feels good. I felt good tonight, elbow feels fine, shoulder feels fine,” he said. “It was just kind of a long inning and it just kind of stiffened up a little bit. There’s no red flags or anything, just something that flared up. … Everything kind of moves on as planned.”
Richards underwent tests after the game, which revealed no major issue. He will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Southern California.
The Halos got the offense going in the 2nd inning in this one. Andrelton Simmons started things off with an RBI single, while Danny Espinosa tacked on a 2-run single after that.
In the 5th inning, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had back-to-back RBI singles of their own, and that was all the offense the Lakers needed.
Jose Alvarez, J.C. Ramirez, and Yusmeiro Petit shutdown the Athletics the rest of the way to give the Halos their 2nd victory of the season. Ramirez picked up the victory.
Game 4 of the series will be Thursday afternoon. Tyler Skaggs will be going for the Angels, while the A’s will give the ball to Andrew Triggs.
Angels Rally For 1st
April 4, 2017
Danny Espinosa hit a 3-run home run in the 9th inning to propel the Angels to a 7-6 victory over the A’s. It was Espinosa’s first hit as an Angel, and the Halos first victory of 2017,
The night was also highlighted by Matt Shoemaker’s return to the mound, after taking a line drive off his head late last season. Shoemaker pitched 5 solid innings for the Angels, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, and departing with a 4-2 lead.
“He’s very determined,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s been very determined his whole career to get to this point. I think once he was physically fit, I think everyone felt that he would come back. He’s got the perseverance to get back on that mound and hopefully have the success that he had before.”
Andrew Bailey pitched a scoreless 8th inning to collect the win. Cam Bedrosian picked up his 2nd career save and his first of the season by shutting down Oakland in the 9th.
The Halos will be back at it in game 3 of the series on Wednesday night. Garrett Richards will take the mound for the Angels, in his first start May 1, 2016. Richards underwent stem cell treatment to repair ligament damage in his elbow. The A’s will counter with Jharel Cotton.
A’s Double Up
April 3, 2017
The Angels lost their opening game of the season on Monday night in Oakland, falling to the Athletics 4-2.
Khris Davis homered twice for Oakland, and Stephen Vogt added another. That was too much for the Halos to overcome, as the Angels two runs came on a 2-run shot from Mike Trout.
Kendal Graveman pitched 6 innings for the A’s to get the win. He gave up 2 runs on 6 hits, while striking out 7.
Ricky Nolasco went 5.2 innings, giving up 7 hits and 3 runs. Nolasco suffered the loss.
Voigt got the A’s on the board in the 2nd inning with a solo blast to right center field. The Angels countered half an inning later when Trout’s drive over the left center field fence put them back up by a score of 2-1.
Oakland tied things up at 2-2 in the 5th inning. Yonder Alonso singled to center, which scored Jed Lowrie. Nolasco got into more trouble from there.
Davis’ first home run put the A’s back in front 3-2 in the 6th inning. In the 8th, he homered to left center field again. That one came off of J.C. Ramirez.
The Angels and Athletics will play game 2 of their 3 game set on Tuesday night in Oakland. The Halos will give the ball to Matt Shoemaker, who will be making his 1st start since being struck in the head by a line drive in September. Oakland will go with Sean Manaea.
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