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Home runs doom Patrick Sandoval, Angels in yet another loss

Angels at 8-17 have their worst 25-game start in franchise history

Los Angeles Angels v San Francisco Giants Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

It was another frustrating night for the Angels, who were drubbed 7-2 by the Giants on Wednesday night in San Francisco.

Patrick Sandoval lasted six innings in each of his last two starts, but in this one was done before the fifth, allowing a three-run home run to Wilmer Flores in the third inning and a two-run shot to Austin Slater in the fourth.

Sandoval left after four innings, meaning Angels starting pitchers have lasted less than five innings in 60 percent of their games this season. The Angels are 5-5 when they get five or more innings from the starter, and 3-12 when they don’t.

The Angels couldn’t get to Johnny Cueto until the sixth inning, when doubles by Tommy La Stella and Anthony Rendon brought home one run, and an Albert Pujols single brought home another. That was the 2,086th RBI of Pujols’ career, tying him with Alex Rodriguez for third all-time. Third!

It’s been terrible for the Angels at just 8-17, their worst 25-game start in franchise history. There’s never really a good time to have your worst start, but it’s especially bad when 25 games represents 41.7 percent of the schedule.

The Angels have won consecutive games only once this season. But they’ve had these losing streaks:

  • 2 straight twice (including their last two games)
  • 3 straight twice
  • 4 straight once

Wednesday particulars

Home runs: Wilmer Flores (5), Austin Slater (4)

WP — Johnny Cueto (2-0): 5⅔ IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts

LP — Patrick Sandoval (0-3): 4 IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout

Up next

Joe Maddon said after the game that Jose Suarez, who is on the taxi squad, will be recalled to start Thursday (6:45 p.m., Fox Sports West). The Angels will need to make a corresponding roster move before Thursday’s game. Kevin Gausman starts for San Francisco.