Angels Week In Review: August 29 – September 4, 2016
Week Start: 56-74, 5th AL West (Div E#12, WC E#18)
Week End: 61-75, 4th AL West (Div E#6, WC E#14)
Week W-L: 5-1
The Angels came off an impressive road trip last week where they took 4 out of their 6 games in Toronto & Detroit and came home for a quick 3-game homestand before heading right back out on the road. The Angels continued playing good ball this week as they swept the quick the 3-game interleague series against the Cincinnati Reds, then went up to Seattle and took 2 of 3 there. The news wasn’t all good for the Angels this week however as during Sunday’s game Matt Shoemaker was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Kyle Seager that was travelling an estimated 105 MPH according to MLB.com StatCast.
Shoemaker was helped off the field holding a towel against his head and was taken to a local hospital in Seattle. He was diagnosed with a skull fracture and a hematoma, or bleeding of the brain tissue around the fracture. After 3 CT scans that were being performed every 2 hours showed increasing blood buildup around the wound, doctors opted to perform surgery to correct the hematoma Sunday evening. Angels General Manager Billy Eppler reported Monday that the surgery was successful and that Shoemaker is expected to make a full recovery, although his 2016 season is obviously over. Our thoughts & prayers here at #LAAngelsInsider are with Matt and his family at this time, and we look forward to seeing him back out on the mound down in Tempe next spring!
Monday August 29, 2016: Angels rout Reds, Make it 3 straight
On the Field – Angels rout Reds 9-2: Monday night’s series opener featured a pitching matchup between the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker against the Reds’ Dan Straily. While the Reds opened up the scoring in the very 1st inning with a 2-run Joey Votto homer to take a 2-0 lead, the Angels would bounce right back with 3 in the bottom of the inning off Straily, including back-to-back homers by Mike Trout (25) and Albert Pujols (26). For Pujols, it was the 586th homer of his career, tying him for 9th all-time with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. The Angel scoring didn’t stop there, as they would go on to drop a 4-spot on Straily, including home runs by C.J. Cron (12) and Jefry Marte (11), in the bottom of the 3rd to open their lead to 7-2 and knock Straily out of the game after just 2 2/3 innings.
The Angels would tack on a couple more as Kole Calhoun added a home run (13) of his own in the 4th and Marte added a RBI double in the 7th. Meanwhile Shoemaker settled down after Votto’s 1st inning homer and provided 7 innings of 2-run ball with 7 hits and 7 strikeouts to take the victory as the Angels cruised to a 9-2 final.
WP: Shoemaker (9-13), LP: Straily (10-7)
Tuesday August 30, 2016 – Angels beat Reds again, make it 4 straight
Off the Field: The Angels traded OF Daniel Nava to the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later or cash.
On the Field – Angels beat Reds 4-2: Tuesday night’s game featured the Angels’ Jered Weaver going up against the Reds’ 28 year-old rookie right-hander Tim Adelman. This game turned out to be the C.J. Cron show, as Cron belted a pair of homers (13, 14) – a 2-run shot in the 1st and a solo shot in the 3rd to give the Angels a 3-0 lead after 3 innings. Meanwhile Weaver was solid all night, as he tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings until Eugenio Suarez got him for a 2-run homer in the 7th, knocking him from the game and cutting the Angel lead to 3-2. The Angels would pick up an insurance run on an Andrelton Simmons RBI single in the 8th however, and Fernando Salas came in to close the door in the 9th, securing the Angels’ 4-2 victory.
WP: Weaver (10-11), LP: Adleman (2-2), SV: Salas (6)
Wednesday August 31, 2016 – Angels sweep Reds
On the Field – Angels sweep Reds 3-0: Wednesday’s series finale was a rare 4:05pm late afternoon game at Angel Stadium and featured a pitching matchup between the Angels’ Ricky Nolasco and the Reds’ young lefty Brandon Finnegan. The late afternoon shadows at the Big-A certainly played a factor in this one making the ball hard to see for batters, as hits & runs were certainly at a premium. The game remained scoreless all the way until the bottom of the 6th inning when the Angels finally broke through on Finnegan with a RBI single from C.J. Cron giving the Angels a 1-0 lead. Jefry Marte then followed that with a RBI double of his own, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead. The Angels would tack on a 3rd run in the bottom of the 8th on another RBI single by Cron, but the real story of this game was Ricky Nolasco. Maybe it was Nolasco’s nasty slider, maybe it was the afternoon shadows, or maybe it was the combination of the two, but Nolasco was unhittable all day, picking up his first win as an Angel in fine style with a complete-game 4-hit shutout.
WP: Nolasco (5-12), LP: Finnegan (8-10)
Thursday September 1, 2016 – Travel Day
Off the Field: The Angels made no roster moves during their off-day Thursday.
On the Field: The Angels had no game Thursday as they headed back on the road following the quick 3-game homestand, flying from Anaheim to Seattle.
Friday September 2, 2016 – Angels fall to Seattle
Off the Field: The Angels activated IF Yunel Escobar from the 7-day concussion DL, and in the first wave of September call-ups, the Angels recalled relievers Andrew Bailey and Cody Ege and C Juan Graterol from AAA Salt Lake.
On the Field – Angels fall to Mariners 11-8: Friday night’s series opener featured another game where the Angels started off with Brett Oberholtzer on the hill while the Mariners handed the ball to their young lefty Ariel Miranda. Things started off well for the Angels as they scored 4 first inning runs off of Miranda, including home runs by Mike Trout (26) and Jefry Marte (12). Oberholtzer got through the bottom of the 1st relatively unscathed giving up just 1 run to send the Angels to the 2nd inning with a 4-1 lead, but things completely fell apart for him in the bottom of the 2nd. After the first 4 Seattle batters reached base in the inning on 2 walks and 2 singles and cut the Angel lead to 4-2, Angels manager Mike Scioscia had seen enough and made the call to the bullpen, bringing in Jhoulys Chacin. Well, Chacin didn’t fare much better, and after 3 more walks and 4 more hits, the Mariners had put together a 9-run inning and a 10-4 lead. Nelson Cruz tacked on a solo shot (33) in the bottom of the 8th to expand the Seattle lead to 11-4 in what appeared to be a complete rout.
The Angels would manage to make things interesting in the top of the 9th however, as they would put together 4 runs to cut the Mariners lead to 11-8 including the first Major League hit for Juan Graterol, a RBI double. The Angels managed to get Mike Trout to the plate with Albert Pujols waiting on deck as the tying run, but Trout would fly out to end the comeback attempt and the game.
WP: Miranda (2-1), LP: Oberholtzer (3-3), SV: Diaz (12)
Saturday September 3, 2016 – Angels take middle game
Off the Field: The Angels sent OF Shane Robinson on a rehab assignment to AAA Salt Lake. The Angels also claimed RP Ashur Tolliver off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and optioned him to AA Arkansas. In another wave of September call-ups the Angels recalled IF Ji-Man Choi and SP Alex Meyer.
On the Field – Angels rout Mariners 10-3: Saturday night’s matchup in Seattle featured the Angels’ lefty Tyler Skaggs going up against the Seattle righty Taijuan Walker. The Angel offense got off to a quick start against Walker, scoring 6 first inning runs including back-to-back-to-back home runs from Kole Calhoun (14), Mike Trout (27), and Albert Pujols (27). For Pujols it was the 587th of his career, putting him alone in 9th place all-time. Up next on that list is Sammy Sosa at 609. Skaggs ran into a bit of a rough patch in the 1st inning himself, giving up a 2-run home run to Franklin Gutierrez (13), but settled down after that and would go on to give the Angels 6 innings of 3-run ball. The Angels would go on to score 4 more runs over the next 3 innings, including the 2nd home run of the game for both Kole Calhoun (15) and Albert Pujols (28/588). In the end the Angels would cruise to a 10-3 victory.
WP: Skaggs (3-3), LP: Walker (4-10)
Sunday September 4, 2016 – Angels take series, lose Shoemaker
On the Field – Angels beat Mariners 4-2: Sunday’s series finale featured the Angels’ righty Matt Shoemaker going up against the Seattle veteran righty Hisashi Iwakuma. The Angel offense once again got off to a quick start with 2 first inning runs thanks to back-to-back home runs from Albert Pujols (29/589) and C.J. Cron (15) to take a 2-0 lead.
That’s where the game stood in the bottom of the 2nd inning when a scary moment happened with Angel starter Matt Shoemaker. Shoemaker took a line drive right off of his head off the bat of Kyle Seager. After a delay of several minutes, Shoemaker was eventually helped to his feet and made it off the field mostly under his own power, holding a towel on his head due to the bleeding. Shoemaker was taken to a nearby hospital and ended up having surgery for a skull fracture and a hematoma. Angels GM Billy Eppler reported on Monday that Shoemaker’s surgery was successful and that he’s expected to make a full recovery, but his 2016 season is obviously over.
After that, the remainder of the game seemed considerably less important, but the Angel bullpen stepped up in fine style, keeping Seattle off the board for the next several innings, and after a RBI single by Pujols in the top of the 6th, the Angels took a 3-0 lead to the bottom of the 6th. In the bottom of the 6th, Robinson Cano put the Mariners on the board with a solo shot, his 31st of the season, to cut the lead to 3-1. The Angels & Mariners then traded runs in the 8th inning, but the game would end with the Angels taking a 4-2 victory after reliever Andrew Bailey picked up his first save as an Angel.
WP: Guerra (3-0), LP: Iwakuma (14-11), SV: Bailey (1)
Up Next for the Angels
The Angels left Seattle Sunday afternoon to head for Oakland, where they’ll continue their 6-game road trip against the A’s this Monday-Wednesday. They’ll then have an off-day Thursday to fly home where they’ll begin a long 10-game homestand, starting with a 3-game series against Texas next weekend.
- Mon 9/5: Angels @ A’s
- Tue 9/6: Angels @ A’s
- Wed 9/7: Angels @ A’s
- Thu 9/8: No Game
- Fri 9/9: Rangers @ Angels – Tickets
- Sat 9/10: Rangers @ Angels – Tickets
- Sun 9/11: Rangers @ Angels – Tickets
Updated 2017 First-Year Player Draft Order
- Minnesota: 51-86 (.372)
- Atlanta: 54-83 (.394)
- San Diego: 56-80 (.412)
- Cincinnati: 57-78 (.422)
- Arizona: 58-78 (.426)
- Oakland: 58-78 (.426)
- Tampa Bay: 58-77 (.430)
- Milwaukee: 60-76 (.441)
- Philadelphia: 60-76 (.441)
- Angels: 61-75 (.449)