Angels fall to Astros 3-2, completing the sweep

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Updated: June 22, 2016

In Wednesday’s matinee game, the Angels ace Matt Shoemaker took the hill opposing Lance McCullers, who’s had a solid year for the Astros. Shoemaker was in the midst of an incredible six game streak where’s head retired 55 batters via strikeout while walking just 2 total
Albert Pujols was not in tonight’s lineup for the second straight game due to ankle and hamstring injuries, so Trout became DH, Cron became clean up, Marte was in left field, and Shane Robinson took over in centerfield
In the first, the Angels challenged a play where Mike Trout looked like he beat out a grounder, but in fact didn’t. The Angels don’t lose many challenges, but this one was costly. This was due to the fact that Shane Robinson was called out on a force out at second to end the 4th, however he was clearly safe. This hurt, as Kole Calhoun would’ve come up to bat with runners on first and second.
The offense was lackluster today, totaling 10 hits while going 3-14 with RISP. Jett Bandy had 4 hits and Kole Calhoun had 3 while Escobar had an RBI single. Shane Robinson had 2 singles and a huge defensive mistake, as he failed to make a crucial catch on the stupid hill in center field, allowing a triple that scored the decided run.

Andrelton Simmons went 0-4, but he had a really slick double play that appeared to be an infield fly, however he allowed the ball to drop in front that saved possibly disaster.
Matt Shoemaker had another fantastic outing. He went 7.1 innings, allowed 8 hits and 2 runs with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks. But Scioscia failed to judge Shoemaker again, costing the game. Shoe was at 95 pitches entering the 8th, but he proceeded to allowed two singles and then the triple that broke the tie. Cam Bedrosian came in and worked a double play, but that allowed another run to score.

Then in the 9th, Robinson singled and stole second followed by an Escobar single and then a Calhoun RBI single, however Escobar was thrown out at second. Then Trout came up as Calhoun stole second, but hit a rocketing line out to end the game
The Angels will fly back to Anaheim as they’ll kick off a four game set with the A’s starting tomorrow, as Tim Lincecum will take the hill against

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