It was Sunday morning baseball. Tucker Davidson went up against Luis Garcia. David Fletcher was not in the game because he is day to day with a sore finger or wrist. Mike Trout had the day off. Jo Adell was in the lineup.
Mickey Moniak led off with a triple to center field. Shohei Ohtani homered to drive him in. 2-0 Angels.
Taylor Ward followed this with a hit to right field. A wild pitch allowed Ward to make it to second base. Luis Rengifo struck out. Mike Ford lined out to left. Matt Duffy also struck out.
Jose Altuve came up and would have been safe at first thanks to crappy play by Duffy. He tried to make it to second on an overthrow but was thrown out by Thaiss. The official scorer gave Altuve a single. One away. Jeremy Pena struck out. Yordan Alvarez drew a four pitch walk. Alex Bregman popped out to first.
Matt Thaiss popped out to Alex Bregman. Jo Adell hit a shallow fly ball to center for an out. Andrew Velazquez, no longer a switch hitter, lined a homer to right. 3-0 Angels.
Mickey Moniak popped out to the shortstop to end the Angels second. Kyle Tucker came up and doubled to Ward in right on a ball that should have been caught. Yuli Gurriel grounded out to Rengifo advancing Tucker to third. Trey Mancini struck out. Christian Vasquez grounded out to Duffy to end the inning.
Shohei Ohtani doubled to lead off the third inning. Taylor Ward struck out. Luis Rengifo grounded out to first and Ohtani made it to third. Mike Ford hit a fly to shallow right center where Altuve caught it for the third out.
Mauricio Dubon came up and homered to make it 3-1 Angels. Jose Altuve got an infield hit. Jeremy Pena hit a base hit through the right side. Yordan Alvarez worked a full count and got hit on the hip by a pitch, whereupon Phil Nevin went to the bullpen in the form of Mike Mayers. Alex Bregman came up with the bases loaded and nobody out. He hit a grand slam. 5-3 Houston. Kyle Tucker flied out to right. Yuli Gurriel punched a hit through the left side of the infield. Trey Mancini walked. Christian Vazquez struck out. Mauricio Dubon flied out to Ward to end the inning.
Matt Duffy grounded out to short. Matt Thaiss singled to Altuve. Jo Adell Grounded a single through to right. Andrew Velazquez struck out. Mickey Moniak lined out to right.
Jose Altuve struck out. Jeremy Pena grounded out to Velazquez. Yordan Alvarez flied out to Mickey Moniak in center.
Shohei Ohtani hit a fly ball out. Taylor Ward grounded out to the shortstop. Luis Rengifo hit a double through the right side. Mike Ford hit a flyout to center.
Alex Bregman struck out looking. Kyle Tucker walked. Yuli Gurriel chopped one through to center to put men at first and third with one out. Trey Mancini homered to make it 8-3 Houston. Christian Vazquez lined out to right. Mauricio Dubon popped out to second.
Bryan Abreu came in to pitch for Luis Garcia. Matt Duffy led off with a hit. Matt Thaiss walked. Jo Adell popped out to first. Andrew Velazquez hit into a force out. Duffy made it to third base. Mickey Moniak popped out to the shortstop to end the Angels half of the sixth inning.
Jose Altuve came up and hit an infield hit to Velazquez. He stole second base. Jeremy Pena flied out to Moniak. Jose Altuve advanced to third on the play. Zack Weiss came in to replace Mike Mayers on the mound. To make a long story short, Altuve scored on a wild pitch.
The Angels didn’t accomplish anything this inning. The Astros also didn’t do anything but draw one walk.
The Angels failed to score in the eighth inning. Jordan Alvarez homered to make it 10-3 Astros. Kyle Tucker homered to make it 11-3.
Jo Adell got a hit to salvage a little bit of face. Andrew Velazquez made an out. Moniak doubled to score Jo Adell. It was 12-4 here. I missed a run somewhere. Shohei Ohtani and Sierra made outs to end the game. The Angels lost badly.
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