Angels 7 Astros 1
Today marks the beginning of the end, and by that I mean the first game of the last series of the 2016 season. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Okay, so your mileage may vary on the fun part, but you have to agree that at least as of late they’ve had a big uptick in that department.
Scoring lots of runs has that effect, after all, and just like the games where they dropped 8 on Oakland, the Halos were sending guys home plenty in tonight’s series opener against the Astros. The Astros’ voodoo curse on the Angels that led them to win 11 straight is officially over, I think, since they beat Houston in their own house last series and this evening’s matchup wasn’t even close.
That is in large part due to Daniel Wright, who in his second consecutive start looked mighty good. He continuously got ahead early, and was having quite an effective fastball, which translated to 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 BBs, 5 Ks and just one solitary run. With that performance, Wright earned himself his first ever MLB win, which I’d say made his Friday night quite memorable.
The offensive onslaught came not in a one-inning burst tonight, like they’ve been partial to earlier in the week, but instead it was spread around a bit. In the 2nd, with bases loaded, Kaleb Cowart hit a big, bases-clearing double. In the 3rd, Jefry Marte continued his love of the long ball as he hit a two-run shot off of Astros starter Brad Peacock.
At that point, we were in the midst of a 5-1 Angels ballgame, but they weren’t quite done, not until Simba got himself a piece of the action. In the 5th inning, Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run single, adding to his nice season at the plate and giving the Halos a sturdy 7-1 lead in the process.
With plenty runs on the board, and Wright holding the Astros to one run in the first six, they pretty much had this one in the bag from then on out. We saw a bit of Jose Valdez in relief, and then in the ninth it was Cody Ege who turned the lights out on the visiting ball club.
It’s pretty neat seeing a guy get his first W in his pro career, no doubt about that. But it’s also pretty crazy to consider the following AL record the Angels now own:
#Angels set new American League record with 24 different winning pitchers this season.— Matt Birch (@MBirchAngels) October 1, 2016
Yep. Sounds about right.
On top of Daniel Wright getting his first win of his career tonight, there was another neat piece of Angels trivia going on. Mike Trout got himself a walk in this one, his 114th of the season, and that gave him an Angels franchise record for most walks in a season. Gotta love Mike Trout, who is in his early 20s and is already tilting the Halos’ all-time leaderboards.
This is the last Friday night of baseball we’ll have this year. Drink it in, because as Roky Erickson might say, you’re gonna miss it when it’s gone.