It was over from the very start.
David Fletcher took a courtesy fastball, then another one, then he grounded out. Andrelton Simmons couldn’t be bothered with the same amount of patience, lifting a lazy fly ball. Albert Pujols went fishing 3-0 and popped out.
In eight pitches, Cole Hamels had wiped out probably the three most fearsome hitters in the Angels lineup Friday.
Tyler Skaggs, on the other hand, did not make it to eight pitches before disaster struck.
A badly missed location resulted in an Anthony Rizzo HR. Willson Contreras made it 3-0.
Lightning struck once for the Angels with this Albert Pujols golf ball.
But two more solo shots for the Cubs put the game out of reach.
In the end, the Angels had just four hits, and just one Angel in today’s game finished with above a .724 OPS. To be polite, I will not name any names.
Mike Trout will not be in Chicago for the final two games of the series, and Chris Stratton pitches tomorrow, so...
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