Astros Score 11 To Beat Angels Yet Again; Halos Get Only 3

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.

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HaloLew
Trusted Member
7 months ago

Good news, boys. We can lose as many as 12 MORE GAMES and STILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS! Use that allotment of losses wisely.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago

Sho is skipping his next rotation turn; he was supposed to pitch the third game against Rangers on Wednesday. It is good that he is honest about his fatigue. I am curious as to who will replace him next Wednesday.
https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1690759045483790338

Last edited 7 months ago by Kiyotchan
BannedInLA
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Ohtani is currently at 130.2 innings pitched. I believe that he will get 6 more starts before the seasons ends – though it’s possible they shut him down the last couple of weeks if we continue to spiral.

Anyway, if he does make 6 additional starts, he needs
to average 6.0 innings per start to eclipse his career high of 160.0 innings logged last season.

I suspect that 2022 & 2023 will be his peak in terms of innings
career wise.

Last edited 7 months ago by BannedInLA
Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

It’s too late now, but some CtPG posters including me wondered what if Sho concentrated on pitching and not DH on the day he started. I can recall at least 2 games, maybe up to 5 games, where he as pitcher got into trouble because he batted, ran between bases and ‘as a result’ failed to maintain his command.

Perhaps, he has learned his lesson and now finds it important to pace himself. Hopefully, by focusing on his batting only, he can rekindle the best month (June) as hitter in Globe Life Field (4 monster HRs). The Angels still have good chance of winning season series against Rangers; currently 4-3 in Angels favor.

Oski_Bear
Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I don’t know. Seems likely his arm is fatigued. Then again, aren’t all starting pitchers a bit fatigued at this point in the season? If we were in it, would he pitch through it? Makes me wonder. Largest contract in baseball history on the table soon…lots of reasons to put the arm on ice.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Oski_Bear

No benefit in announcing that today. It probably gave Rangers psychological sigh of relief in that Sho dominated them both offensively and pitching wise. Hope that Silseth (perhaps with Canning pitching few innings) pitch to win today. Then this gamble will pay off in that Sho would have much better chance of winning against the Reds on August 23.

Last edited 7 months ago by Kiyotchan
Senator_John_Blutarsky
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7 months ago
Reply to  Oski_Bear

Given the HR drought prior to today, I would think it’s his legs that are tired.

BannedInLA
Super Member
7 months ago

Moniak is leading off and Rengifo is batting 6th. Cron is sitting.

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Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Thank you for listing the lineup. When you posted the LU last time, the Angels won. As you may know, Cron hurt his back a while ago and was playing through the pain.
https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1690547146116698112
Neither Rengifo nor Moniak is a good leadoff hitter, so it is like 6 of one, half dozen of another. This is Urquidy’s second game coming back from long term IL with his really poor outing 6 days ago. The Angels need to score first and a lot in the first 3 innings. Hopefully, blind squirrel Moniak finds his nut today.

Last edited 7 months ago by Kiyotchan
BannedInLA
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Yeah, we’ll take any good fortune we can lay our hands on….

I think we get it done today.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago

Sho’s alma mater Hanamaki East high school won an intensely close 2nd round game last night. They will play again in the round of 16 next Wednesday, Japan time. After the first Hanamaki victory earlier this week, Sho pitched 6 courageous innings with no earned run, and the Angels won.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

With a large typhoon approaching Japan, all games today in Koshien will probably be postponed. So Hanamaki’s next game will subsequently be delayed at least one day now.

halofansince1978
Super Member
7 months ago

Nothing like getting our butts kicked on a national TV broadcast.

anewfoundthrice
Trusted Member
7 months ago

hey, who farted?

2GA2Join
Super Member
7 months ago

I was out the entire afternoon and night, just got home.
I opened this site and thought you guys didn’t publish a post-game.
Then I scrolled down and saw that I wasn’t looking at last night’s, ouch.

aces666high
Trusted Member
7 months ago

The only good thing about all this is Arte somehow looks even more incompetent than before.

Fansince1971
Legend
7 months ago

44 games left. Gotta go 32-12 to get to 90 wins. That’s a .730 winning percentage. Just saying.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

We are 7 games ahead of last year. I forgot that we went on a little winning streak at the end of 2022. We were 66-86 before winning 7 in a row…before dropping our final 3.

Anyway, through 118 games last year we were 51-67 so this is better

Fansince1971
Legend
7 months ago

For sure. I’m actually happy with the way the team has improved. But this is not a playoff team. Let’s be realistic.

If there’s anyone who doesn’t think that Ohtani will be a Dodger next year, I’d like to hear their thought process

2GA2Join
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I’m not sure he’ll be a Dodger.

I’m really not sure what will happen. I think there is a lot we don’t see or know about. It certainly is possible he will be.

Fansince1971
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7 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

It’s the most likely progression. A great So Cal team. He probably would have gone there 6 years ago if they had a DH. And they will offer him in the neighborhood of $65m per year.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Doyers 40%, Angels 30%, Mariners 10%, Padres 7.5%, Giants 7.5%, Mets 5% according to Jeff Fletcher with recent Giants podcast.

Fansince1971
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Is that presuming they all offer the same amount of money?

Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Fletcher did not touch that, but I assume they will all be competitive except possibly Cohen’s offer.

JackFrost
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I think these numbers are off ; first, no way Padres can be in it since they lost their TV deal — the money will not be there. In fact, they will likely also lose Soto because of that.

Why would Shohei want to go to another losing team in the Mets? Yes, Cohen would be willing to fork over the money, but Shohei might as well stay in Anaheim if he was okay playing for a loser…

The Mariners number is probably close to being accurate. I’d give the Giants a bit of a higher chance, like maybe 10%, especially if they make the playoffs and win a few games…

Unfortunately I would say the Dodgers are probably about 65% favorites at this time …

Last edited 7 months ago by JackFrost
BannedInLA
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Everyone I know in LA that follows baseball is convinced that Shohei will be a doyer in 2024 and they can’t wait. They’re basically giddy about it.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago

Mets are pursuing Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
https://theathletic.com/4768715/2023/08/11/mets-free-agency-ohtani-yamamoto/

If you do not want pay $
https://sportsnaut.com/new-york-mets-rumor-yoshinobu-yamamoto-interest/

-From the Mets’ perspective, Yamamoto fits perfectly into their timeline to return to contention in 2025-’26. He would be establishing himself as a front-line starter for New York as its top prospects are either establishing themselves in the majors or making their MLB debuts at Citi Field. Ultimately, after clearing significant payroll this summer, it seems evident Mets’ owner Steve Cohen is ready to spend again this winter. However, the Mets’ spending in 2024 and beyond will be focused on players entering their prime.

Drew-S
Member
7 months ago

I’m a bit confused. Maybe Yoda can help?

Everybody keeps going on about how bad The Team is. There is no mess of a team like this if you have a ‘normal’ owner. Not even a Great owner. Just not Arte.

Then the infrastructure is nil The scouting is appalling so of course Arte thinks that by getting these guys who were good at one time that they will win. He’s got the guy who is having maybe the best season in mlb history….. and they aren’t even at .500.

Read Sam Blum’s article in the Athletic about how it’s not Nevin’s fault. Nevin is only a part of it. They have zero clue as to how to build a baseball team. That should be evident by now.

clover_black
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Drew-S

no offense to slam bum, but its a pretty easy job diagnosing the issue.

BannedInLA
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  clover_black

Is Slam Bum is grinder profile name? Lulz

Angelstan
Trusted Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Drew-S

If they don’t know how to build a team, that would make it in large part Perry’s fault also. He might have a defense by claiming he tried but others above him don’t listen. But it’s his job. Perry further buys into the swing for the fences, massive strikeout rate players at virtually all positions. So when the batting average with runners on base is painfully low, it’s part of his philosophy. Players that can handle a bat, advance a runner, and make smart outs aren’t sought after.

The pitching is hard to explain. The starters appear on paper to be more talented than they are pitching. Coaching/organizational influence tends to be part of that.

They still have no answer for overusing the bullpen and promoting young arms too soon. And someone must explain why they keep trying to use Barria in late innings as a reliever. That’s not what he does. It’s been proven time and again.

steelgolf
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Angelstan

Well, with their first round pick of Schnitzel, they did pick up a bat that doesn’t swing for the fences. We will see how that works out, I would have preferred the power bat 3rd baseman as that position is harder to find, and Escobar is no 3rd baseman.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
7 months ago

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BannedInLA
Super Member
7 months ago

Baby Yoda is adorable. Always.

nishiogawakun
Super Member
7 months ago

I am at the stage in the season where I just come here to read the post game right ups and everyone’s comments. I don’t even watch the games. Godspeed, anybody who sits through nine innings of this team.

Last edited 7 months ago by nishiogawakun
WallyChuckChili
Legend
7 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

I’m guilty of this offence

nishiogawakun
Super Member
7 months ago

May you find peace. 😵‍💫😄

nishiogawakun
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

*write. I blame Siri. 😅

DowningDude
Legend
7 months ago

We were playing for pink slips. Houston OWNS us.

Hatcher_Is_My_Homeboy
Trusted Member
7 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Its comical!! How much they own us

WallyChuckChili
Legend
7 months ago

Even when then sucked.
When they 1st came to the A.L.

Claret
Trusted Member
7 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Yes, they own us. But they can’t compete with our stadium Churu ads. And that’s what really matters.

WallyChuckChili
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7 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

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steelgolf
Super Member
7 months ago

The Angels are now 6.5 games behind The Mariners!!!! What a feckless team this has become. Has this team really become even worsy after the trade deadline?

Hatcher_Is_My_Homeboy
Trusted Member
7 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Maybe the new guys are just jerks?

BannedInLA
Super Member
7 months ago

The new guys are basically solid complimentary pieces that have been thrust into full time roles due to injuries.

This was a borderline playoff team if healthy. Period. You can’t lose O’Hoppe, Trout, Rendon, Ward, Neto and Urshela and expect to beat the top tier teams.

I should add that Detmers & Sandoval have grossly underachieved.

I stand by the opinion that Perry assembled a solid squad, but sometimes ish’ goes sideways. If he isn’t jettisoned, I’ll be incredibly interested to see how he utilizes the 60 million wad of cash in Ohtani’s wake.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I am hoping that Angels former ground crew would pitch his season best tonight.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
7 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Cole did great. The Angels are still 6.5GB WC3.

SimonKiller
Newbie
7 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Yes

Hatcher_Is_My_Homeboy
Trusted Member
7 months ago

Thoroughly dominated the last 2 games… just over matched. Gutless

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
7 months ago

The dream of 103 wins is over

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
7 months ago

Will, you show great dedication, getting this out

WallyChuckChili
Legend
7 months ago

I would have reused last nights headline