I’m not sure how to tell you this, but the Angels did not win today.
Playing in baseball games—or rather winning baseball games—requires scoring more runs than your opponent but also allowing less runs than your opponent. The Angels did neither of those things today.
Tyler Skaggs put forth a quality start against a vaunted Astros lineup that had seven out of nine hitters boasting an OPS of .750 or higher. Settling down after a shaky first few innings, he ended up lasting six innings on 93 pitches, allowing three runs (all earned) with three walks and six hits. Just one strikeout.
Such an effort was not enough as the Angels were held to just two hits the entire game, stifled by Dallas Keuchel and were no-hit through six innings.
This turned out to be the difference.
Mike Trout did not call off Ian Kinsler, and Josh Reddick raced home on a sacrifice fly that should not have been one. Kinsler, with momentum taking him back, could not make a good enough throw to home to throw out the runner. That turned out to be the difference and the Astros, who struck first, never looked back.
They’ll look to bounce-back against Justin Verlander tomorrow, who this year has struck out 4.5 more batters per nine innings and does not give up many runs.