Angels Week In Review – August 15-21, 2016
Week Start: 49-68, 5th AL West
Week End: 52-72, 5th AL West
Week W-L: 3-4
The Angels entered the week in the midst of their worst losing streak of Mike Scioscia‘s tenure, a 10-game skid that began with the last game of the last homestand against the A’s on August 4, and continued through their entire 9-game road trip through Seattle, Chicago and Cleveland. It was the first time they have lost 10 straight since the franchise record losing streak of 11 in July 1999. It was also the first time the Angels have gone winless on a road trip of 9 games or more since 1969!
Well, the Angels started this week matching the franchise record single-season losing streak of 11 with a loss to Seattle at Angel Stadium on Monday. While not officially the longest losing streak in franchise history – the Angels lost 13 straight during the 1988 & 1989 seasons, but the streak had an offseason sandwiched in the middle – the 11-game losing streak does match the longest single-season losing streak in franchise history as the Angels also lost 11 straight in July 1999. Fortunately however, the Angels did not set a new franchise record single-season streak, as they finally busted the losing streak with a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Mariners on “Ducks Night” Tuesday. The Angels would go on to lose 3 of the remaining 5 games this week, but at least they aren’t ending the week on a prolonged losing streak. In fact, they ended the week on a high note with an impressive 2-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday.
Monday August 15, 2016 – The Angels Tie Franchise Record With 11th Straight Loss
Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Monday
On the Field – Angels lose to Mariners 3-2: The Angels kicked off a 7-game homestand Monday night with the first of a 4 game set against Seattle. Monday night’s pitching Matchup featured Ricky Nolasco going up against Felix Hernandez. Nolasco once again put together a solid outing – he was the only Angel starter to post a quality start last week – but he fell short of his second straight quality start. He did however hold the Mariners to 3 runs on 8 hits over 5 1/3 innings to keep the Angels in the game. In fact, Nolasco was in cruise mode for a while as he put up zeros in the first 3 innings, but he ran into some trouble with his control in the 4th. After walking the first two batters, back-to-back singles knocked in the Mariners’ first two runs, but Nolasco managed to limit the damage and get out of the inning. The following inning, Nelson Cruz tagged him for his 30th home run of the season, a solo shot.
As for the Angel offense, Hernandez was able to keep it in check most of the night as you’d expect. He ended up being charged with 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 2/3 innings. Cliff Pennington & Nick Buss were able to get a run on him with back-to-back doubles in the 2nd inning, and Mike Trout launched his 23rd home run of the season – a solo shot – off him in the 5th. That would be all the offense the Angels would muster on the evening however, and the Angels matched the franchise record with their 11th consecutive defeat.
WP: Hernandez (7-4), LP: Nolasco (4-10), SV: Diaz (7)
Tuesday August 16, 2016 – Ducks Night and The Angels Finally Win!
On the Field – Angels beat Mariners 7-6: The Angels continued their 4-game set with the Mariners on “Ducks Night” Tuesday night. There were plenty of pregame festivities with several members of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, who of course play their home games just across the 57 freeway at the Honda Center, and the two franchises have been showing each other some “neighborly love” recently as the Ducks also held an “Angels Night” during one of their home games back in February, so the Angels repaid the favor Tuesday night.
Once the game got going however, it featured a pitching matchup between Jhoulys Chacin and the Mariners young rookie Ariel Miranda. It was looking like the Angels were in fact headed for their 12th consecutive loss early on as despite a 1st inning run, the Angels found themselves trailing 4-1 by the end of the 5th inning. Chacin gave up a 3-spot in the 2nd inning and another run in the 5th, while the Angel offense was struggling to figure out the youngster Miranda. The Angel offense woke up in the 6th however as the Mariners decided to go to their bullpen, and after a game-tying 3-run home run by Albert Pujols and a solo shot by Jett Bandy, the Angels took a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately however, the Mariner offense bounced right back with 2 in the 7th off of J.C. Ramirez to retake the lead 6-5, but the Angel offense bounced back in the 8th scoring 2 on a Jefry Marte solo homer, and a thrilling RBI triple by Cliff Pennington that allowed Jett Bandy to score all the way from 1st to give the Angels back the lead 7-6. That’s how it would end as Fernando Salas came in for the 9th and nailed down his 3rd save of the season, finally busting the Angel losing streak and giving them a thrilling victory on Ducks night.
WP: Oberholtzer (3-2), LP: Caminero (2-3), SV: Salas (3)
Wednesday August 17, 2016 – Angels Lose
On the Field – Angels lose to Mariners 4-3: The Angels took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning of 3rd game of the 4 game series against the Mariners Wednesday night, but Tyler Skaggs had trouble holding that lead and was out after 3 1/3 innings having thrown 82 pitches. The Mariners sent Cody Martin to the hill, who was making a spot start in place of James Paxton as Paxton was still experiencing soreness in his pitching elbow after being hit by an Andrelton Simmons line drive up at Safeco Field on August 7. Skaggs managed to get through the first inning quickly, but it was a struggle the remainder of the evening for him as he allowed the first 4 batters to reach base in the 2nd and the Mariners would ultimately tie the game at 2 after 2. The would go on to get to Skaggs again in the 4th, plating two more runs to take a 4-2 lead and knock Skaggs from the game.
The Angel offense struggled to muster anything off of Martin after the 1st inning, and he would go on to give the Mariners 4 1/3 solid innings in a spot start. The Mariner bullpen also stepped up, allowing just 1 more run over the remaining 4 2/3 innings to nail down the win for the M’s. The Angels did however put together a bases loaded threat in the bottom of the 9th and even plated a run, but came up just short thanks to an amazing play by Kyle Seager on a line shot off the bat of Andrelton Simmons to end the game.
WP: Storen (3-3), LP: Skaggs (1-2), SV: Diaz (8)
Thursday August 18, 2016 – Angels Salvage Series Split
Off the Field: The Angels signed LHP Manny Banuelos to a minor-league contract. Banuelos is a 25 year-old starter/reliever who was originally signed as an amateur free agent our of Mexico by the Yankees back in 2008. His big league experience consists of 7 games (6 starts) for Atlanta last year in which he pitched 26 1/3 innings of 5.13 ERA ball. He owns a career 3.30 ERA over 583 innings in 8 minor league seasons at all levels.
On the Field: Angels beat Mariners 6-4: The Angels managed to salvage a series split in the final game of the 4-game set with the Mariners Thursday night as Matt Shoemaker turned in yet another phenomenal performance. He was tagged with a 1st inning solo homer by Robinson Cano, but after that he went on to toss 7 innings of 5-hit ball, giving up just 2 runs – Nelson Cruz also got him for a solo homer in the 6th.
On the other side of the diamond, the Mariners handed the ball to Hisashi Iwakuma, who has traditionally given the Angels fits over the years. The Angels did however manage to tag him for a couple runs in the bottom of the 1st to take an early 2-1 lead. Jett Bandy tacked on another run with a solo homer in the bottom of the 5th to open the lead to 3-1. After Cruz’s homer in the 6th the Angels maintained a 3-2 lead until the bottom of the 8th when they opened up with a 3-spot on the Mariners’ bullpen to open a 6-2 lead. The Mariners made things interesting in the 9th when Mike Zunino took Fernando Salas deep for a 2-run homer to make it 6-4, but that’s all they would manage and the Angels salvaged the split by a 6-4 final.
WP: Shoemaker (7-13), LP: Iwakuma (14-8)
Friday August 19, 2016 – Yankees Blank Angels
Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Friday.
On the Field – Yankees blank Angels 7-0: Friday night’s series opener against the Yankees at Angel Stadium featured a pitching matchup between Jered Weaver and Masahiro Tanaka. While Weaver pitched well through the first 4 innings giving up just a couple runs, things really fell apart for him in the 5th as he was tagged with 3 solo home runs in the inning by Ronald Torreyes, Didi Gregorius and Brian McCann, the last of which proved to be a knockout blow ending Weaver’s night after just 4 2/3 innings. The Yanks would also tack on a couple more in the 6th to open up a 7-0 lead. On the other side of things, Tanaka thoroughly dominated the Angel offense giving up just 5 hits over 7 2/3 innings. The Yankee bullpen went on to finish the job, tagging the shutout on the Angels to take the series opener 7-0.
WP: Tanaka (10-4), LP: Weaver (8-11)
Saturday August 20, 2016 – Angels Make a Rash of Roster Moves, Fall to Yanks Again
Off the Field: The Angels made a rash of roster moves on Saturday, some of which were quite surprising. First of all, they placed IF Yunel Escobar on the 7-day concussion DL after he bunted a ball off of his face in Friday night’s loss. In a corresponding move, the Angels recalled IF Kaleb Cowart from AAA Salt Lake. The Angels also activated IF C.J. Cron, who had been on the 15-day DL since July 8 with a fractured left wrist suffered on a hit-by-pitch. The surprising move was the corresponding move to Cron’s activation – IF Johnny Giavotella was designated for assignment. Angels manager Mike Scioscia explained the decision to designate Giavotella by saying he had been passed up on the depth chart by Cliff Pennington and Gregorio Petit, and the Angels needed the roster spot for “fresh arms” in the bullpen.
On another note, the Angels inducted former outfielder Garret Anderson into the Angels’ Hall of Fame and honored him in a pre-game ceremony before Saturday’s game
On the Field – Yankees beat Angels 5-1: After the rash of roster moves and GA’s ceremony on Saturday, that night’s game seemed almost anti-climatic from the start. Once the game did get going however, it featured a pitching matchup between Ricky Nolasco and the Yankees young righty Luis Cessa. The game started out ugly for Nolasco and the Angels right from the start, as Nolasco gave up a 3-spot in the very first inning including a homer by Gary Sanchez. Nolasco settled down after that however, shutting the Yankees down in the 2nd-5th innings, but they would get to him again in the 6th on a 2-RBI single by Aaron Judge.
The Angel bats remained cold for the 2nd consecutive night as they struggled to solve the youngster Cessa, managing just 3 hits off the kid over his 6 innings. Only an Albert Pujols solo homer in the bottom of the 9th saved the Angels from their 2nd consecutive shutout. The homer was significant for another reason however, as it tied Pujols with his friend and former teammate Mark McGwire for 10th on the all-time home run list at 583.
WP: Cessa (3-0), LP: Nolasco (4-11)
Sunday August 21, 2016 – Angels Salvage Series Finale
On the Field: Angels beat Yankees 2-0: Sunday’s series finale between the Angels and Yankees turned into a surprising pitcher’s duel considering the fact that the Angels handed the ball to the struggling Jhoulys Chacin, and the Yanks went with yet another youngster in Chad Green. The Angels jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Andrelton Simmons in the bottom of the 1st inning. Surprisingly, that would be all that Chacin and the Angel bullpen would need as they shutout the Yankee offense on just 6 hits. Chacin pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball, and Deolis Guerra, J.C, Ramirez and Fernando Salas picked up the rest. The Angels also tacked on another run for good measure in the bottom of the 8th on another RBI single by Simmons, and the Angels salvaged the series finale by the 2-0 final.
WP: Chacin (4-8), LP: Green (2-3), SV: Salas (4)
Up Next For the Angels:
After closing out the 7-game homestand with a win on Sunday, the Angels will take Monday off before heading out on their final east-coast road trip of the season. They will kick off the 6-game trip with 3 in Toronto Tuesday-Thursday, then wrap it up with 3 in Detroit next weekend.
- Mon 8/22 – No Game
- Tue 8/23 – Angels @ Blue Jays – 4:07pm PT
- Wed 8/24 – Angels @ Blue Jays – 4:07pm PT
- Thu 8/25 – Angels @ Blue Jays – 4:07pm PT
- Fri 8/26 – Angels @ Tigers – 4:10pm PT
- Sat 8/27 – Angels @ Tigers – 4:10pm PT
- Sun 8/28 – Angels @ Tigers – 10:10am PT
Updated 2017 First-Year Player Draft Order
- Atlanta: 45-80 (.360)
- Minnesota: 49-75 (.395)
- Arizona: 52-73 (.416)
- Angels: 52-72 (.419)
- Tampa Bay: 52-71 (.423)
- Oakland: 53-72 (.424)
- Cincinnati: 53-71 (.427)
- San Diego: 53-71 (.427)
- Milwaukee: 54-70 (.435)
- Philadelphia: 58-67 (.464)