The Angels went to Houston, where they hoped to annoy the Astros a bit one last time. Yes, ot was the final series vs the Astros for 2022 as the season is rapidly coming to a close.
Michael Lorenzen was back, and he put on a good show. He went 5 and two thirds, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 2 and walking 4. Not bad for a guy just back from injury.
Offensively it was tough vs the strong Astros pitching. Mike Trout continued his home run streak, and hey, Mickey was back! Still, it was going to be hard to score and they needed every run they could get.
It was a pitching duel, both sides unable to score or even get many hits until the 6th.
The Angels scored first with a run run shot in the 6th, his 5th straight game with a home run!
But Lorenzen gave one back immediately after.
Loup came in to finish the 6th and it was now up to the bullpen to hold this slim lead.
Wantz was next, and he blew it, giving the Astros the lead.
Then Marte came in for the 8th, and walk in another run.
Now the offense had to score more. Ohtani was up first in the 9th. He grounded out. Ward was next. He hit one out of there!
Rengifo was up next. He struck out. It was now all up to Matt Thaiss. He struck out. Game over.
Angels lose, they are now 5-12 vs the Astros this year. Yeesh.