Angels Defense, Bats Let Them Down in 9-4 Loss to Twins

Updated: June 13, 2016

The numbers before the game seemed to point in the Angels direction.  The Halos (27-37) starting lineup as a whole was hitting .402 against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco with Yunel Escobar and Albert Pujols hitting .412 and .464 against him respectively.   

Unfortunately the Angels must have missed that memo.  

Aside from Johnny Giavotella’s four hits, the rest of the Halos were only able to scratch out four more hits against four Minnesota pitchers while the Twins (20-43) were able to knock around the Angels for ten hits, including three home runs.

Jered Weaver (5-6) gave up eight hits and five earned runs in six innings, including his 17th and 18th home runs of the season.  But even though Weaver did not have his best stuff, not all the runs given up were his fault.

With the score tied at 1 in the third inning, Giavotella bobbled a ground ball from Joe Mauer that should have been an inning ending double play.  Instead Giavotella’s throw went into left field allowing Robbie Grossman to get to third and Mauer end up at second.  Trevor Plouffe, who was hitting .412 lifetime against Weaver, came up next and hit a shot into the left field bullpen giving the Twins a 4-1 lead.

The Angels were able to cut the lead to 4-3 in the fourth with two hits, including Todd Cunningham’s first hit with the Angels.  

After Weaver was taken out after the sixth inning with the Halos down 6-3, Al Alburquerque was brought in to make his Angels debut.  Unfortunately his first time on the mound in an Halos uniform did not go as planned.  The first man he faced, Robbie Grossman, hit a homerun off the top of the center field wall.  Gregorio Petit, making his 12th straight start at shortstop, also made two errors in the inning and the Twins ended up scoring three runs in the seventh.

The Angels bats would remain quiet until Giavotella’s solo home run in the ninth inning.

The loss dropped the Halos to ten games under .500 and 12.5 games out of first place.  This was also the Angels fifth straight loss against the Twins going back to last year.

Tomorrow Jhoulys Chacin (1-2) takes the mound for the Halos against former Angel Ervin Santana (1-6).


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