Angels’ Offense Gone Cold; Ends Winning Streak At 4

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Updated: October 2, 2016

Only four hits did the Angels’ offense show plus leaving men 10 on base plus a pitcher’s performance of no-hit stuff equals placing an “L” in the column. It’s not a great night for the Angels on a Saturday night, even though their momentum was there.

Collin McHugh, who was a Cy Young candidate in 2015, picks up his 13th victory via going 7.2 innings of shutdown baseball. Just three of the four hits came from McHugh while letting a batter to go on base, and just five strikeouts, but his pitching were as efficient as a well-tuned vehicle going 65 on the freeway.

His gem includes retiring the first fourteen batters, baffling the Angels in trying to find a way to get the offense going but to no avail.

Scaggs’ Return: Thankfully, a forearm strain was the only injury that Tyler Scaggs suffered, as he now completes his first season after going under the knife via Tommy John. The left hander was limited to only forty-five pitches, recorded 5 outs, and was charged w/ 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks; unfortunately, he was the losing pitcher in Saturday’s game.

Astros Redeem their Offensive Woes: Only 3 one-run innings that the Astros put up; more than enough to pick up a victory. In the 2nd inning, Tyler White reached first base on balls, followed by Teoscar Hernández’s base hit, and Tony Kemp’s base on balls — that loads up the base.

Jake Marisnick then singles on a sharp line drive to left field to draw the Astros first, and only, blood of the game. One inning later, the Astros’ 2nd run came from Yulieski Gurrel’s 7th double, Carlos Correa’s groundout to second base to advance Gurrel 90 feet, and Evan Gattis’ single to shortstop for Gurrel to reach home plate. In the 7th inning, Evan Gattis brings home the third run via a single on a sharp line drive to left field, bringing Altuve home.

Hit Watch: It’s Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros versus Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox, who are in the midst of a race for the batting title. Before the game began, Betts played against the Toronto Blue Jays, who had 2 hits in his four at-bats.

Altuve also went 2 for 4, but even though that their at-bat percentage is 18, they are neck and neck for the most hits in the league. Altuve is now edging Betts by just one hit, at 215 to 214 respectively.

Trout is sore, but… Well, there’s no doubt that since that fastball that John Axford launch to Mike Trout’s shoulders have made him sore and feeling weird in his at-bats, he is planning to play for the final game because… he’ll have all winter long to rest up and get ready for Spring Training 2017.

Oh, and on Friday night, he had one more walk to now top the list for the most walks in one season in franchise history, bumping the late-Keith Anthony Phillips to second place; Trout now has 114 walks in 2016 and is on the verge to have a 30-30-100 season [30 home runs, 30 stolen base, and 100 runs batted in].

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