Mike Trout might have had a home run in the first inning today off of Framber Valdez, but he got robbed by Kyle Tucker.
All three Angels batters, in fact his pretty deep fly balls that were outs.
A single, a throwing error by Gio Urshela, and a wild pitch by Shohei Ohtani put Jeremy Pena on third with Yordan Alvarez at the plate. Alvarez homered to make it 2-0 Astros in the bottom of the first inning.
In the third inning, Jared Walsh doubled to lead things off. Chad Wallach struck out. Zach Neto reached on a hit by pitch to put two on with one out for Shohei Ohtani who then struck out. Mike Trout also struck out. The Angels continue to have problems driving in runners who are in scoring position with fewer than two outs.
In the top of the fourth inning, Brandon Drury singled to lead off. Taylor Ward also singled to put runners at first and second with no outs. Hunter Renfroe lined out to center and Gio Urshela grounded into a double play. Same old same old.
In the bottom of the fourth the Astros mounted a threat with men at first and second with two outs. Chas McCormick singled to load the bases. Corey Julks grounded to first attempting to check his swing and the Astros were sent back to the field empty handed. Jared Walsh with the unassisted putout.
The Angels went down 1-2-3 on only nine pitches in the top of the fifth inning. Shohei Ohtani issued a two out walk to Jeremy Pena to bring up Yordan Alvarez again. Alvarez hit the ball to Gio Urshela who threw wide to second. The result was men at first and second with two outs. That was scored an infield hit. Alex Bregman lined a hit to left to score one run. The trailing runner was tagged out between second and third after the run had crossed the plate. 3-0 Astros.
The Angels did nothing in the sixth. For some reason they brought in Luis Rengifo as a “defensive replacement.” I guess Neto needed to go put his foot in some ice water. Chas McCormick got a two out hit and Corey Julks homered. 5-0 Astros. Martin Maldonado struck out to end the inning. Shohei got an un-assisited putout on this guy.
Taylor Ward came up in the seventh and singled. Hunter Renfroe hit an extremely ambiguous ball to left center that stuck in the padding below the homer line. I guess this is a ground rule double. We’ll take it. Taylor Ward went to third.
Gio Urshela grounded out and Jared Walsh followed that by walking to load the bases with one out. Chad Wallach grounded into a double play to end the inning without further scoring. Same old same old.
In the top of the eighth, Chase Silseth came in to replace Shohei Ohtani as the pitcher. Ohtani, of course, stayed in the game as the designated hitter. Silseth walked Jose Altuve. Yordan Alvarez grounded into a force out to put a man at first with 2 outs. Alex Bregman also walked. Kyle Tucker also doubled to score Yordan Alvarez. 6-1 Astros. In the bottom of the eighth, Taylor Ward singled to make it 6-2 Astros.
In the eighth, Phil Maton came in to replace Framber Valdez. Luis Rengifo singled toward right. Shohei Ohtani walked. Mike Trout hit into a double play. Brandon Drury hit a ball to third to score the Angels first hit of the night. It didn’t matter.
In the ninth inning, Jared Walsh struck out. Rengifo and Ohtani also made out to end the game.
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