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Albert Pujols provides only offense for night, Angels fall to Astros

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He hits home run No. 665

Los Angeles Angels v Houston Astros Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Angels offense couldn’t capitalize on any of their opportunities, going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position as they fell to the Astros, 8-2. For the night, the Halos stranded 10 total runners on base.

The lone offense on the night came courtesy of Albert Pujols. In the top of the sixth, the 21-year veteran went opposite field for his 665th career home run. This two-run shot were the only two runs scored by the Angels.

Aside from that, the Angels’ offense never got anything going. Jose Rojas led off the third with a double, but he was stranded at third to end the inning. Then an inning later they had runners on first and second with no outs. They couldn’t bring in anything, as three consecutive outs stranded the runners at first and second.

Rough outing for Alex Cobb

Making his first start in 10 days, things didn’t go well for Alex Cobb, who had two quality outings to begin his Angels tenure. He lasted only 2 23 innings, allowing five runs to score on six hits. Cobb recorded four strikeouts, but he did also allow three walks. After having career-highs in whiffs to begin his season, Cobb only had eight on the night.

Mike Trout exits game

As if things couldn’t get worse, Mike Trout exited the game after getting hit by a pitch in the elbow. He was diagnosed with a left elbow contusion. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious and it was just a precautionary move taking him out.

Thursday particulars

WP: Christian Javier (2-0) 5 IP, 0 ER, 9 SO

LP: Alex Cobb (1-1) 2 23 IP, 4 ER, 4 SO

HR: Albert Pujols (3)

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