You might as well called them the Los Angeles Escobars on Thursday night, because the Angel leadoff man and third baseman was just about the only member of the team making much of a contribution in a 7-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers at the Big A.
Yunel Escobar had three hits and drove in the Angels’ only run in the loss, which dropped the team into fourth place in the American League West with a 17-20 record.
While the rest of the Angels team has struggled at the plate in recent games, Escobar is on a bit of a tear, hitting .310 over the last seven games and raising his average to .272. He also hit three home runs over that span, best on the team.
That was about all the good news from the game. Mike Trout returned to the lineup as the designated hitter, but he went 0-for-4 and didn’t draw a walk. Other than Escobar, the only other Angel to get a hit was Cliff Pennington, who singled and scored on a double by Escobar in the fifth.
The Tigers jumped all over J.C. Ramirez (3-3) in the early going, touching him for two home runs, eight hits and five runs in seven innings of work. Detroit’s Michael Fulmer (4-1) had better fortune, giving up just three hits and one run in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked two.
Matt Shoemaker (1-2) will get the start for the Angels on Friday.