Are these guys even trying? The frustrated fan of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim might be forgiven asking such a question after the Halos lost for the ninth time in 10 games Friday, falling 5-0 to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Although the Orange County team collected eight hits and five walks, they were unable to push any runs across home plate by going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Two Angel hits were Albert Pujols, and one of those two was a double, his 600th career two-bagger. He is now just one of three players – Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds are the others – with 600 double and 575 home runs.
“Every time Albert does something, it’s great to hear what the footnote is,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think that says it all, with the select company that he’s in with the doubles and the home runs.”
The Angels’ at-bat futility wasted a pretty good effort by Jered Weaver (11-12), who worked seven innings, giving up seven hits and two home runs. He struck out four batters and walked three.
Friday’s defeat dropped the Halos’ record to 63-84 with a winning percentage of .429. They remain in fifth and last place in the American League West. The Halos are on track to post their worst record since 1980 when they lost 95 games and had a winning percentage of .406.
The series with the Blue Jays continues Saturday. Alex Meyer (0-3) will start for the Angels.