By Chris Abdelmalek
Once again, the Los Angeles Angels have had inconsistent play from their offense yet again. In the middle game of this three-game series the Angels offense struggled against the Seattle Mariners getting shut out 3-0 on Wednesday.
It seems to be a pattern for Angels pitching to have only one bad inning in a game. Starter Jaime Barria was not exempt from this pattern as early on in the fourth inning after already giving up a solo home run in the third to the Mariners catcher David Frietas, Barria gave up a two-run single to Nelson Cruz to give the away team a 3-0 lead.
Seattle’s pitcher Marco Gonzales put on a show today against the Halos, throwing seven innings of two-hit ball. The Angels seemed to struggle with Gonzales’ pitch location as only Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons were able to muster a hit off him. The Angels had opportunities in the fourth and eighth innings tonight to score some runs but failed to do so against Gonzales
While the pitching staff is losing arms left and right, it has still maintained close games for the Angels aside from these big innings. Keeping the Halos in the game for the chance to win. Unfortunately, their offense has not always step up to answer the call.
Aside from Trout and Simmons, the team as a whole has been struggling to hit and it is cause for concern for Angels skipper Mike Scioscia. “Guys are trying some different stuff .. .just didn’t get a chance to enough pressure on him [Gonzales].” Scioscia also commented on Jaime Barria performance tonight, “He was close, he was close, he just had trouble coming around…it wasn’t that bad of a start.”
Angels’ starter Garrett Richards had an MRI on his arm Wednesday and tests came back with damage to his UCL and team doctors will determine in a few days if surgery is on the table for Richards. With 14 players on the disabled list already and six out for the season, it is a hard pill to swallow for the Angels if Richards will be lost for the season.
The loss drops the Angels to 47-46 on the season. With the All-Star game approaching soon, the Halos will look to spark up the offense before the break to bring them closer to a wild card berth. The Angels will throw Tyler Skaggs (6-5) on the mound to face James Paxton (8-3) on Thursday. Skaggs is statistically speaking the ace of the staff at the moment so they will look to him to turn the fortune around for the Halos.