Angels 0 Astros 3
The Angels really had no good answers to the Collin McHugh problem. McHugh was making mince meat of the Halos’ lineup, taking a perfect game through 4.2 innings, and ultimately finishing with 7.2 IP, 3 H and 0 R. Nada, zilch, zip from McHugh.
Yesterday the Angels announced that Tyler Skaggs was healthy and ready to go, so they put him on the mound for tonight’s penultimate game. The goal was to get him a few innings of work, see how he does and get him out of there, and that’s exactly what went down.
Skaggs went just 1.2 innings, giving up 3 hits and one run, and that was all the work they needed to see from him tonight. See ya next year, Skaggs! Get that arm strong. From that point on, the Angels threw the entire pitching kitchen sink at the Astros; six pitchers would be used just to finish the game, some had success, others did not.
Skaggs had given up a run in the 2nd off of an RBI single, and then RBI singles given up by A.J. Achter and Cory Rasmus would combine to give Houston a 3-0 lead. They would eventually weather the McHugh storm, but when they faced someone NOT named McHugh in the 8th and the 9th, they didn’t fare all that better.
A donut for the evening, but it was a quick and fairly humane donut, so let’s be somewhat thankful for that. One more to go, guys. One more to go.