Barria was on the mound in the series finale at Houston. Will he be consistent this time? He would have to be vs the powerful Astros lineup. Barria ended up dong rather well, only giving up 1 run, albeit through 4 innings due to his high pitch count.
Unfortunately, the offense could not figure out this Astros pitching, and couldn’t score enough to keep up.
The Angels started the game with excitement, Fletcher singled, Ohtani walked, so far so good. But a Gosselin groundout, Walsh strikeout, and Rengifo groundout ended the threat. Barria was not able to get out of his busy bottom of the first, allowing a run, and lucky that it wasn’t more. 1-0 Astros after 1.
Marsh led off the second by being hit by a pitch, and stole second. Mayfield walked to have 2 on again. But, like last inning, they were stranded as a Suzuki K and Lagares GIDP ended the threat. Barria calmed down and struck out the side in the 2nd. Still 1-0 Astros after 2.
In the 3rd, the Angels went down in order for the first time. Barria looked to match that, but he allowed a single before getting out of his half of the 3rd. Still 1-0 Astros.
Walsh led off the 4th with a single that got past Altuve in the shift. Yet he was stranded there as Rengifo, Marsh, and Mayfield all got out. Barria got 2 outs fast, but loaded the bases. He got through it, keeping it 1-0 Astros after 4.
Juan Lagares finally got the Angels on the board with a solo home run!
Barria had over 90 pitches so Maddon put in Quijada for the 5th. It did not go well. The remaining Q allowed a 2 run home run to put the Astros back on top 3-1.
Gosselin lead of the 6th with a groundout, Walsh struck out, as did Rengifo. Still 3-1 Astros.
Jimmy came in for the bottom of the 6th, he got his 3 batters down in order to keep it a 2 run deficit.
With the Astros starter out, the Angels offense had to deal with the Houston bullpen. It went as badly as before, with a quiet 1-2-3. Jimmy came in for another inning, allowing a leadoff single. After a flyout, Jimmy balked to put the runner at second, and that is when it got weird. A routine flyout to RF went horribly wrong when Lagares tripped. The runner ran home, but was thrown out thanks to an excellent relay by Fletcher.
Wantz came in after Jimmy made an IBB to put 2 on with 2 outs in the 7th. A flyout ended the inning, still 3-1 Houston after 7.
Lagares led off the 8th with a walk. Fletcher hit into a fielder’s choice, and Ohtani singled, putting 2 on for Gosselin with 1 out. He struck out. Walsh lined out to end the inning. Wantz pitched the 8th, setting the Astros down in order. Still 3-1 Astros after 8.
Angels had one last chance to at least tie, down 2 in the top of the 9th. Rengifo struck out. Marsh hurt himself fouling a ball off his ankle, he stayed in to groundout. Mayfield grounded out top end the game. Angels lose. Ugh.
The Angels face the White Sox next for a 3 game set with the A’s after that. Besides a 3 game series vs Texas near the end of September, the rest of the Angels schedule is vs playoff contenders and at best they can expect to do is play spoiler. Please drink responsibly.