Angels Week in Review – August 22-28, 2016
Week Start: 52-72, 5th AL West
Week End: 56-74, 5th AL West
Week W-L: 4-2
Monday August 22, 2016 – Travel Day
Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Monday.
On the Field: The Angels had no game on Monday as they traveled from Anaheim to Toronto to begin a 6-game road trip through Toronto and Detroit.
Tuesday August 23, 2016 – Angels Fall to Blue Jays
Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Tuesday
On the Field – Angels lose to Toronto 7-2: The Angels kicked off a 6-game road trip through Toronto and Detroit – their final trip to the Eastern time zone this season – with the first of a 3-game set at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday. Tuesday’s pitching matchup featured Angel lefty Tyler Skaggs going up against Toronto’s knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. It was a night where Skaggs once again struggled with his command, and the Toronto offense made him pay. Toronto opened the scoring in the 1st inning with a RBI single by Russell Martin to take a 1-0 lead. The Angels came right back in the 2nd on Nick Buss‘ first career home run, a 2-run shot that gave the Angels a 2-1 lead. The Angels held that lead until the 3rd, when Skaggs’ control really got away from him. He walked the first two batters of the inning, and after a single loaded the bases, Skaggs then walked his third batter of the inning to force in a run to tie the game at 2. Toronto then pushed in another run when Troy Tulowitzki grounded into a double play to take a 3-2 lead.
Skaggs settled down a bit in the 4th, but still allowed another run on a sac fly by Josh Thole to expand the Toronto lead to 4-2. Skaggs then walked Josh Donaldson to open the 5th inning for his career-high 5th walk of the game, at which point Angels manager Mike Scioscia had seen enough and pulled him from the game. Reliever Mike Morin then came in and gave up a series of hits that led to 2 runs that opened Toronto’s lead up even further to 6-2. Things settled down after that as neither team scored in the 6th or 7th innings. Angel reliever A.J. Achter came in and did a nice job, pitching 3 innings and giving up just an 8th inning solo home run by Michael Saunders, which added to Toronto’s lead and made the score 7-2, which would become the final score.
WP: Dickey (9-13), LP: Skaggs (1-3)
Wednesday August 24, 2016 – Angels Win!
Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Wednesday.
On the Field – Angels beat Toronto 8-2: The Angels continued their series in Toronto on Wednesday with a game that featured a pitching matchup between Angel righty Matt Shoemaker and Toronto righty Marco Estrada. The Angel offense got to Estrada early and often in this one, as Mike Trout and Albert Pujols kicked off the scoring in the very 1st inning with back-to-back homers to give the Angels an early 2-0 lead. It was the 24th home run of the season for both of them, and for Pujols it was the 584th of his career, putting him alone in 10th place all-time. Next on that list is Hall of Famer Frank Robinson at 586. The Angels then opened their lead up to 5-0 in the 2nd, as they pushed 3 runs across with a Kole Calhoun double, a Pujols sac fly, and a RBI single by C.J. Cron.
The Angels added on single runs in the 4th, 7th & 8th innings, and by the time the night was over Pujols and catcher Jett Bandy had put together 4-hit games, and Pujols picked up 3 RBI. Toronto tacked on single runs in the 8th & 9th innings, but the Angels were firmly in control of this game all night as Shoemaker put together 6 brilliant shutout innings to put a win on the board by the final score of 8-2.
WP: Shoemaker (8-13), LP: Estrada (7-6)
Thursday August 25, 2016 – Angels Make it Two Straight!
Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Thursday.
On the Field – Angels Take Toronto Series with 6-3 Win: The Angels wrapped up their 3-game set in Toronto Thursday night with a game featuring a pitching matchp between Jered Weaver and Toronto’s 17-game winner J.A. Happ. As you would expect with a 17-game winner on the mound, runs were scarce early in the game as Weaver managed to match Happ pitch-for-pitch early in the game. Toronto did manage to scrape a couple runs together against Weaver with a sac fly by Jose Bautista in the 2nd, and a solo homer by Josh Donaldson in the 5th.
The Angel offense managed to get to Happ in the 6th however, as the first 3 Angel hitters managed to reach base in the inning. Mike Trout then put the Angels on the board with a 2-RBI single to tie the game up at 2. Albert Pujols then followed with a RBI single of his own to give the Angels a 3-2 lead and knock Happ out of the game. The Angels then pushed across another run in the inning on a C.J. Cron double-play, giving the Angels a 4-2 lead heading to the bottom of the 6th. Then in the 7th, Mike Trout picked up 2 more RBI’s on a single to open the Angel lead to 6-2. Toronto pushed across a run in the bottom of the 9th to make the score 6-3, but that’s all they would muster and the Angels would go on to take the game and the series with the 6-3 victory.
WP: Weaver (9-11), LP: Happ (17-4)
Friday August 26, 2016 – Angels Drop Opener
Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Friday.
On the Field – Angels lose to Tigers 4-2: The Angels kicked off a 3-game weekend set in Detroit Friday night in a game that featured a pitching matchup between Ricky Nolasco and Justin Verlander. Both pitchers pitched well in the early going as the only scoring through the first 5 innings was Albert Pujols‘ 25th home run of the season (and 585th of his career) – a solo shot – in the top of the first that gave the Angels a 1-0 lead they would hold all the way until the bottom of the 6th when the Detroit offense finally broke through on Nolasco. The first 3 Detroit batters reached base on Nolasco in the 6th with back-to-back doubles by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez, the second of which plated the Tigers’ first run to tie the game at 1. Justin Upton then followed with a 2-run home run to give Detroit a 3-1 lead. After the home run, Nolasco settled down to retire the next 3 batters and get out of the inning.
The trouble didn’t end there for Nolasco unfortunately, as after retiring the first batter in the 7th inning, Cameron Maybin got Nolasco for a solo home run to make the score 4-1, and that served to be a knockout blow for Nolasco. In the end he was charged with 4 runs on 9 hits over 6 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, the Angel offense struggled to solve Verlander all evening long, as after Pujols’ 1st inning home run they managed only 3 more hits off of him over his 7 2/3 innings. The final of those hits was a 2-out RBI double by Kole Calhoun in the 8th to cut the Detroit lead to 4-2, but that’s how it would end as former Angel Francisco Rodriguez came in to shut the door in the 9th.
WP: Verlander (14-7), LP: Nolasco (4-12), SV: Rodriguez (36)
Saturday August 27, 2016 – Angels Take the Middle Game
Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves on Saturday.
On the Field – Angels beat Tigers 3-2: The Angels continued their weekend set in Detroit Saturday night in a game that featured a strange pitching matchup on the Angels’ side. While Detroit sent righty Michael Fulmer to the hill, Angel manager Mike Scioscia decided to make Saturday something of a “bullpen day”, as he sent righty Brett Oberholtzer to the hill to start the game. Oberholtzer pitched well in the role he was asked to play as he gave the Angels 3 innings of 1-run ball as he gave up a 1st inning solo home run to Ian Kinsler, but allowed just 2 other hits in his 3 innings. That gave Detroit a 1-0 lead after 1, and that’s how it would stay until the top of the 3rd when the Angel offense broke through against Fulmer. The Angels got on the board in the top of the 3rd on Kaleb Cowart‘s 1st home run of the year – a 2-run shot that gave the Angels a 2-1 lead. C.J. Cron followed with a RBI single later in the inning and the Angels took a 3-1 lead to the bottom of the 3rd.
That’s how the score would stay until all the way in the 8th inning, as Jhoulys Chacin came in to follow Oberholtzer and provided 4 shutout innings of his own, eventually taking the victory. The Tigers would tack on another run in the bottom of the 8th, but that’s all they would get and the Angels held on for a 3-2 victory.
WP: Chacin (5-8), LP: Fulmer (10-5), SV: Salas (5)
Sunday August 28, 2016 – Angels Take Series
Off the Field: The Angels sent IF Johnny Giavotella outright to AAA Salt Lake. Giavotella had been designated for assignment on August 20.
On the Field – Angels beat Tigers 5-0: Sunday’s series finale in Detroit featured a pitching matchup between Angel lefty Tyler Skaggs and Detroit righty Anibal Sanchez. Skaggs was looking to improve on his last few starts as he had been struggling with his command, particularly in Tuesday’s start where he walked a career-high 5 batters and lasted just 4+ innings. Well he certainly improved upon that on Sunday as even though he did walk 2 batters, he gave the Angels 6 shutout innings allowing just 2 hits and struck out 6. The Angel offense struggled to solve Sanchez early and the game remained scoreless until the top of the 5th when Jefry Marte broke the scoreless tie with his 10th home run of the season – a 2-run shot to give the Angels a 2-0 lead.
The Angels then opened things up a bit on Sanchez in the 6th, as Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron each singled to open the inning and loaded the bases with nobody out. Andrelton Simmons and Marte then followed with a pair of sac flies to open the Angel lead to 4-0, then Nick Buss hit a RBI double to make it 5-0 and drive Sanchez from the game. That’s how the game would end as both bullpens managed to keep things scoreless the rest of the way, but thanks to Skaggs’ strong outing and the offensive outburst in the 5th & 6th innings, the Angels took the rubber match and the series by the final score of 5-0.
WP: Skaggs (2-3), LP: Sanchez (7-13)
Up Next for the Angels
After completing their 6-game road trip through Toronto & Detroit the Angels have now finished all of their games in the Eastern time zone this season and will be coming home for a quick 3-game interlague series against the Cincinnati Reds starting Monday 8/29 through Wednesday 8/31. They will then have an off-day Thursday to head right back out on the road to go to Seattle for a 3-game weekend set at Safeco Field starting Friday 9/2.
- Mon 8/29 – Reds @ Angels – Tickets
- Tue 8/30 – Reds @ Angels – Tickets
- Wed 8/31 – Reds @ Angels – Tickets
- Thu 9/1 – No Game
- Fri 9/2 – Angels @ Mariners
- Sat 9/3 – Angels @ Mariners
- Sun 9/4 – Angels @ Mariners
Updated 2017 First-Year Player Draft Order
- Atlanta: 48-83 (.366)
- Minnesota: 49-81 (.377)
- Arizona: 55-76 (.420)
- San Diego: 55-75 (.423)
- Tampa Bay: 55-74 (.426)
- Cincinnati: 55-74 (.426)
- Angels: 56-74 (.431)
- Milwaukee: 56-74 (.431)
- Oakland: 57-73 (.438)
- Philadelphia: 60-70 (.462)