Today’s pitching matchup was Tyler Anderson vs J.P. France. Anderson has pitching decently of late, but France has been a breakout star as an older rookie.
There was no scoring until the 4th inning when the Astros got on the board first. An Altuve walk and Bregman single was followed by an RBI single from Yordan Alvarez.
Kyle Tucker was up next and socked a 3-run homer to suddenly give the Astros a 4-run lead.
After that sequence Anderson got three straight outs, but the damage was done.
In the 5th inning, the Angels got one run back when Grichuk singled home Renfroe, who had previously doubled. 4-1 Astros.
In the bottom of the 5th, the Astros decided they liked having a 4-run lead. Once again, it was Halo nemesis Kyle Tucker who drove in Altuve. 5-1 Astros.
That spelled the end of the day for Anderson. Dominic Leone entered the game and promptly surrendered a 2-RBI single by Yainer Diaz. 7-1 Astros after 5.
In the 6th inning, Ohtani led off with a double and later scored thanks to a Moustakas sac fly. 7-2 Astros.
Aaron Loup pitched the bottom of the 6th and Reynaldo Lopez pitched the 7th without allowing runs, but the Angels also did nothing against France and Abreu.
Barria came on in the 8th inning but was not good at all. 4 hits and 4 runs later and the ‘Stros had a commanding 11-3 lead.
Andrew Velasquez hit a leadoff pinch hit homer to start the 9th, but that’s all the Angels had up their sleeve. 11-3 Astros win.