ANAHEIM – For some reason, the Houston Astros have the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim‘s number, as 9 of 41 wins this season have been against the Halos, one being in today’s match by a final score of 7-5.
Mike Trout was the talk of the night, but not for the reasons he usually is. Trout left the game in the sixth with tightness in his right hamstring. Trout did go 2-for-3 though with a double despite the setback, giving him 40 consecutive games of reaching base safely. Scoscia was quoted saying “we’ll see” about if Trout would play tomorrow or not.
Both starters had reasonably quality outings as both Jason Vargas and Brett Oberholtzer allowed three runs on seven hits.
Mark Trumbo and Josh Hamilton continued their hot streaks as both have a single, triple, and two home runs over their last nine at bats. Today, Trumbo hit a two-run shot, giving him four RBIs over the last two games. Hamilton enjoyed his walkoff home run last night so much that he decided he would have a great start to today’s game as well, with a leadoff triple in the second inning and leadoff home run in the fourth.
Matt Dominguez was the hero of the day for the Astros, as he finished with a 4-for-5 day at the plate. Three of his hits were singles, but one was a three-run home run to take the lead. Dominguez finished the series going 8-for-13 with two home runs.
L.J. Hoes was the new addition to the Astros after Bud Norris was sent off to Baltimore and he had a nice day at the plate as well. He went 3-for-4 with a solo shot, which was the first home run of his Major League career.
Prior to the game, Mike Scoscia noted to the media that the bullpen is “tired” and “young” and even though it’s been showing all season, it could be the final slap to the face for the Angels in these finals months of the regular season.
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
Astros, 7 Angels, 5
W – Brett Oberholtzer (3-1, 2.91)
L – Juan Gutierrez (0-4, 4.54)
S – Kevin Chapman (1, 0.00)
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