Astros 11, Angels 4
After suffering a sweep at the hands of the high-flying San Diego Padres, the Houston Astros returned home, hoping for something that would get them back on track. The Angels happily obliged.
Patrick Sandoval gave up five runs in 2.2 innings, and the rout was on. With a double-header on Tuesday, the Angels were looking for Sandoval to provide some length, and he even got what seemed to be a longer leash than usual considering the quality of pitching he demonstrated. In the first inning, he was hit incredibly hard, but the shots were at fielders. In the second, Kyle Tucker opened the scoring with a home run.
Josh Reddick singled in another run, and the Astros were already running away with the game.
In the third, the Angels snuck one across the plate thanks to some creative work on the basepaths by Andrelton Simmons.
Alex Bregman's replacement was playing with the infield dirt and so the Angels stole third right in front of him pic.twitter.com/CSDvu4pmm8— 2020 Astros Shame Tour (@AsteriskTour) August 25, 2020
David Fletcher then hit a routine ground ball to first base and beat out Yuli Gurriel for a single to score Simmons.
It didn’t matter. The next inning, Michael Brantley doubled in a run and Reddick tacked on another. The Angels tried to storm back, with Justin Upton (!!!) hitting a home run in the fourth and Anthony Rendon and Albert Pujols tacking on RBI hits in the fifth, but they would still be down one. Pujols’s RBI single moved him ahead of Alex Rodriguez for third (second according to Elias) on the all-time RBI list.
In the sixth inning, the Astros effectively took the Angels out of it, scoring four times. They added another two in the seventh. This happened:
We hate it here pic.twitter.com/CEMuOQz3iC— Crashing the Pearly Gates (@CrashingtheG) August 25, 2020
Anthony Bemboom pitched the eighth inning, and he shut the Astros down scoreless. Go figure.
Two games tomorrow.