Offense again missing in action in loss

ANDRELTON SIMMONS had two hits Thursday in the Angels’ 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay (Dinur photo).

Al Pacino’s character in “Godfather III” famously said, “Just when I think I am out … they pull me back in.” A similar lament might be issued by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who fell 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday and tumbled back to .500.

The Halos, in losing their second consecutive game, had another weak offensive showing, totaling six hits and batting 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Andrelton Simmons had two hits, but otherwise Angel bats were fairly quiet. They were unable to solve Matt Andriese (5-1), who worked eight innings for the home team, yielding six hits, striking out five and walking two. Daniel Wright (0-1) took the loss, working 4.1 innings and giving up six hits and four runs, only two of them earned. He struck out four and walked one.

The Angels (25-25) travel down the coast on Friday to start a series with the Miami Marlins (16-29). Jesse Chavez (4-5) will make the start for the Halos.


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