Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Series Recap: Astros vs Angels 04/23-0425

Everyone has their opinion on what a must win game is but generally division match-ups have a must win vibe. Thankfully, baseball is a long season so the third series loss of the season doesn't mean the end of the road. It's been a crazy busy week so this gonna be pretty quick. Here's what went down:

Game 1: Cole vs Skaggs
Another game where the Astros SP Gerrit Cole shoulda got the W but the offense didn't do it's job. No runs off of 7 hits. The Angels only had 4 hits and scored 2. The game ended when Yuli Gurriel slid into third and after a review by the NY folks, was ruled out and thr Astros were shut out.

Game 2: Morton vs Ohtani
Despite the loss I actually found this game enjoyable. Shohei Ohtani is fun to watch and the offense was clicking (except for Altuve who went 0 for 5). Morton didn't have his best stuff and Joe Smith had possibly his worst and the Angels secured the series win with a final score of 8-7.

Game 3: Verlander vs Tropeano
Justin Verlander did his job Wednesday walking none and striking out 9 before a rough 7th inning when the only 2 runs the Angels would score came to home plate. Alex Bregman keeps improving as the season goes on and cleared the loaded bases in the 4th with a line drive to left field making the score 3-0. The Astros would keep the lead with Jose Altuve FINALLY getting his first home run of the season. Doesn't seem possible, right? Seems even less possible considering that Jake Marisnick got his 3rd hr of the season in the 7th.

Also, this:

Side note: As bummed as I was that Collin McHugh was moved to the bullpen (even though I was glad to get Gerrit Cole), he has really been impressive in his relief role. In 9.2 innings pitched so far this season, McHugh has a 0.93 ERA, 14 SO & a 0.72 WHIP.

Up next: Another division series against the A's at home.

Series W-L: 5-3