Going into the 8th inning, there were only 5 total hits in this game. That’s a whole lot of not much action. In fact, Angels pitchers were VERY impressive up to that point in the game, holding the Astros to only 2 hits - both of which were given up by Patrick Sandoval who had a nice 3.1 inning performance tonight. Thanks to a super strict pitch count, Sandoval left the game after 61 pitched and a home run served up to Alex Bregman.
Jose Urquidy stymied the Angels over 6 strong innings. The same guy who the Angels knocked around for 5 runs back in July. But of course that was a vastly different team.
Tommy La Stella was back (for some reason), and did a whole lot of nothing. Welcome back 0fer!
In the 8th inning, Will Harris entered the record books and became the 7th pitcher of 2019 to throw an immaculate inning while mowing down Kaleb Cowart, Matt Thaiss, and Michael Hermosillo on 9 straight pitchers. Pretty cool achievement, even if he did it against a bunch of 40 grade “prospects”.
To be fair, you can’t win if you don’t score, but Luis Garcia really put this game out of reach in the 8th when he gave up a 3-run home run to Michael Brantley. The Angels had 3 total hits, zero runners left in scoring position and a lone walk. The Astros had 4 hit BUT 6 walks. Who needs control when you have velocity. Thanks Billy!
The slow downward decline with sharp drop off - just like the Angels 2019 season: