Angels’ Offense Continues to Shine; Will Avoid 90-Loss Season

Updated: September 30, 2016

The Angels are en fuego, firing up on all cylinders, and getting another call from Team Shut Down for another victorious effort that resulted in a lot of runs. However, they have done so without a lot of hits; in fact, they were outhit against the Astros 8 to 6, but the Astros’ offense was nowhere to be seen.

The Angels extend their winning streak to four via the final score of 7-1 against the now-pretending Astros, who were eliminated from playoff contention Thursday after Baltimore beat Toronto to tie them in the Wild Card Standings.

Astros’ Takes First Blood; Lone Shining Moment: The Astros’ only offense in the tally came in the top of the second inning, when Carlos Correa singles on a line drive to right field, Yulieski Gurriel advance Correa to second via the ground out from second to first [Official score in defensive side: 4-3, groundout], and Teoscar Hernández hits a ground-rule double on a line-drive to left-field line to take first blood.

Astros Falls Apart Soon After; Angels Never Look Back: Astros’ pitcher Brad Peacock had success in the last five starts, but the Angels weren’t going to let his streak continue, as they make sure that he falls apart in the home half. Fast forward to where the Angels were loaded up: Andrelton Simmons is on third, thanks to a fielding error by Hernández; Bandy’s single; and Rafael Ortega reached bases on balls to load them up.

Kaleb Cowart steps up and deliver a big blow via a bases-loaded double; Angels went p 3-1. After Calhoun and Trout recorded outs, C.J. Cron steps up, but Ji-Man Choi and Cowart were both stealing bases. Unfortunately for Choi, he was caught stealing, but he did sacrifice his stolen base percentage for a run, as Cowart steals home; Angels up 4-1, and ended the inning.

The Marté-Parté Continues: What a good start for Jefry Marté, as his first 86 games as an Angel includes 14 home runs, but he really flexed his muscles in the past three games with three doubles and two homers, one in which was a grand salami. His solo home run in the third really helped contributing the Angels’ offense, and were up 5-1 at the time.

The Price Is [now] Wright: Daniel Wright was 0-2 in Cincinnati in only 4 games, but after the trade to Anaheim, he was still in search for his first win. On Friday’s game against the Astros, he performed his first quality and best game to date, w/ 6 innings to show for and striking out 5 batters; however, his only blemish is that 1 run in the second and 6 hits to give up, but that was just enough to get his first “W” in the column. We hope for many more during his career.

Final Take: Since they lost two straight against the Rangers, the Angels are firing on all cylinders to wrap their dismal and agonizing 2016 season on a high note; they now won 7 out of their last 8 games, including winning their last 4 out of 5 against the Astros after losing their previous 11 straight.

To quote from the late Mel Allen, “How about that?” The Astros now have more losses this year than all of last year, via dropping them to 83-77; meanwhile, the Angels will be avoiding their first 90-loss season in this millennia and the first since 1999, via improving to 73-87.


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