By Pete Zarustica
This may be a bit late to say this, but is it time to stick a fork in the 2016 season of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim? The Halos left the country Tuesday to play the Blue Jays, but it looks like they left any chance at a respectable season about three weeks ago.
They were smacked 7-2 for their 17th loss in their last 21 games. They are 20.5 games out of first in the American League West and have the third-worst record in Major League Baseball.
Tyler Skaggs (0-3) was shelled again in the series opener, giving up four hits, four walks and four runs in four innings. The bullpen didn’t do much better, yielding three runs on six hits in four innings. As a staff, the Halos walked seven batters and struck out two.
The Angels (52-73) led briefly in the second inning when they put together a pair of runs on a home run by Nick Buss, which also brought in Andrelton Singleton. It was his first career four-bagger and also the last offensive outburst of the day for the Halos.
Simmons (three hits) and Buss (two) were the batting stars of the game for the Angels. The top of the lineup – Kole Calhoun, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron – was a combined one-for 11 with three strikeouts and one walk.
The series with the Blue Jays (71-54) continues Wednesday with Matt Shoemaker (7-13) making the start for the Angels.