It was the first Angels game with all the pieces of the opening day lineup appearing at the start since the first week of April.
The whole assemblage lasted on inning.
Mike Trout struck out in the top of the first, had no balls hit to him in CF in the bottom of the inning and left the game early with discomfort in his back. Collin Cowgill replaced him.
In the same top of the first Josh Hamilton took his first swings in a major league game since early April. He hit a ball to center that would have been a home run in every major league park but one and this just happened to be that one. When Hambone and Cowgill hit solo homers in the top of the eighth inning it was the first two runs for them instead of runs number three and four.
Mrs. Halofan on the game, late:
I love how we get some runs and our pitching just gives 'em right back.
In the bottom of the eighth Matt Shoemaker came into the game in relief and gave up back to back home runs to start the frame.
Oh and before that, the Astros had scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning off of a weakening, walkening C.J. Wilson. Rumors abounded on Twitter that Wilson had told some friends he was sick. He sure pitched that way, walking four in just that half-inning.
The Angels mounted a threat mid-game, loading the bases before Chris Iannetta lined out to end the fifth inning.
Perhaps we will all look back on this game fondly as the ML debut of reliever Cam Bedrosian. He had a one two three sixth inning and looked great.