The Angels got pummeled at Minute Maid so badly, not even a good lede can save you.
Shohei Ohtani hit a ball into outer space to take a 1-0 lead, reminding everyone that he is still doing amazing things every night.
That is where the fun began and ended, as Astros starter Cristian Javier transformed Halos hitters into human pretzels. He struck out 14 hitters (!!) across seven terrific innings. Javier now joins Max Scherzer as the second player to strike out 25 hitters and allow 1 hit across a 2-game span. Once again, I am tired of living through historical events!
Michael Lorenzen turned in a dud, as he did not make it past the third inning. He allowed 7 earned runs (!), 8 hits, and 3 home runs. Tyler Wade’s fielding at third base did not help him.
We’ll get ’em tomorrow. Maybe.