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Angels more than halve their margin of deficit, lose by the score of 11-3 to division-leading Houston

On a Friday night, the Angels fared better than Thursday night. But it felt all the same.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Yuli Gurriel, the Astros first baseman, had seven RBI’s in this game. That figure was one higher than that of the Angels’ hits at Minute Maid on Friday night, and that’s really all you need to know.

The Angels did not win. The Angels did not come close to sniffing a win, no sir.

Andrew Heaney got shelled. Gerrit Cole, on the other hand, was impressive.

Mike Scioscia chose Jose Miguel Fernandez to bat second, in front of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani and Justin Upton, a decision which I cannot even begin to comprehend. And in a season in which the Angels’ woes continue to become painfully exposed in the midst of another gut-wrenching, injury-drained year, here we are again, attempting to contend with a September lineup that has recorded an underwhelming 93 wRC+ (read: 17th) over the month. That’s, uhh...not good.

Mike Trout homered, though. So at least there’s that.