Two runs? That’s all this team could muster against a Rays pitching staff that has a 5.81 ERA over the past two weeks. A team that has given up 15 home runs and 71 total runs over a two week span.
Our hope rose early when red hot redhead Kole Calhoun launched his 14th home run in the first inning. That had to be a good sign right??
After the Calhoun smash, Mike Trout walked and stole second base - his 21st of the season. He looked like he was having a lot of fun and so were we. A few moments later, Trout was caught stealing second base and it all went downhill from there.
Nick Tropeano was holding his own but giving up a lot of solid contact. All that contact caught up with him when he gave up 3 runs in the 4th inning, including his 15th HR allowed through 69 innings. That is flat out terrible. No sugar coating it. Nope.
The Angels also scored a run in the 4th inning but it was all the offense they could handle apparently. Hey, it’s tiring scoring runs against a really bad team. To add to the misery, Willy Adames hit home run #16 off NiTro this season and he was done. The Rays would tack on 3 more runs in the 8th inning just for good measure and to really put this game to bed. Those 3 runs of course came from a 3-run homer brought to you by Hansel Robles who now sports a 4.50 ERA. Just the guy you want in the 8th inning.
Simmons had a 2 hit game and Trout and Fletcher went 0fer. Luis “show me the door” Valbuena managed to rack up 2 errors. This one was pretty ugly folks and now the Rays have a better record than the Angels (who are below .500 again). Cry yourself to sleep with that fact tonight.