Monday 6/20: L 10-7
The pitching woes continued for the Angels Monday night in Houston as starter Jhoulys Chacin was dreadful and the bullpen was not much better in relief. Chacin allowed 6 hits, 5 walks and 6 runs(5 earned) in his 2 innings of work and got the quick yank. After starting pretty well in his time in Anaheim, Chacin has seen his ERA rise all the way up to 5.50 with mediocre peripherals. Mike Morin allowed a monster home run to Jose Altuve but he pitched well in 2 innings, striking out 3 and walking none. Jose Alvarez pitched a scoreless inning but A.J. Achter was poor once again in his 3 innings of work, allowing 7 hits and 3 runs and also allowed home runs to Carlos Correa and Jason Castro.
The offense did a much better job Monday night as they made it somewhat of a game later on. Johnny Giavotella hit a pinch hit home run in the 8th inning, his 6th home run of the year and 4th in a 7 game span. Gregorio Petit surprisingly became the first Angel to hit a grand slam in 2016 as he belted a hanging slider into the left field stands. Alas, this wasn’t enough for the Angels whose pitching woes killed them.
Tuesday 6/21: L 3-2
What looked like a surefire win became an ugly defeat in a heartbeat. The Angels led 2-1 entering the bottom of the 9th inning but closer Huston Street had a horrific outing. A little bad luck from some a tight strike zone and poorly located pitches led to a 2 run walk off single for stud shortstop Carlos Correa. Street faced 4 batters and retired none of them, which continued his downward trend as a not reliable closer in 2016.
The Angels received a 2nd straight quality outing from Hector Santiago who pitched 6.1 innings of 1 run ball. Santiago’s lone mistake was a home run to Carlos Correa, who made a habit of killing the Angels in the series. Santiago punched out 4 batters and walked 2 and did a nice job of locating his fastball throughout. Offensively, C.J. Cron hit a monster home run, drilling a hanging curveball 467 feet to left field at an exit velocity of 110 mph. Outside of Mike Trout‘s 2 hit game, the rest of the offense didn’t do much.
Wednesday 6/22: L 3-2
If Wednesday’s game wasn’t frustrating enough, the Angels made it much worse Wednesday as they wasted enough gem of a start from Matt Shoemaker. The bearded wizard tossed 7.1 innings of 3 run ball and struck out 7 while only walking 2. He kept the game at a tie until the 8th inning when the Astros scored twice, thanks to a Marwin Gonzalez triple and Carlos Correa RBI groundout. Shoemaker continued his dominant 7 game stretch, where he has punched out 63 batters while only walking 4(that 4th walk was an intentional one).
The Angels offense didn’t do much offensively for the 2nd straight game, failing to come through in key situations. The team had 10 hits but collectively went 3-14 and couldn’t complete a comeback in the 9th when they threatened. Jett Bandy and Kole Calhoun each had big games as they each had 3 knocks apiece.
Runs Scored: 11
Runs Against: 16
Series MVP: Carlos Correa(2 home runs, walk off hit Tuesday)
Series LVP: Huston Street(blown save and loss Tuesday)