Early deficit bedevils Halos once again

ALBERT PUJOLS had two hits and scored twice in the Angels’ 6-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners Monday night (Flickr/Keith Allison photo).

The road trip that is the first week of the Los Angeles Angels 2019 season continues to be along a rough path, as the Halos lost their fourth game in five starts Monday night, falling 6-3 to the Seattle Mariners.

That defeat put the Halos at 1-4 and in last place in the American League West. They are four games back of the first place M’s.

As has been the pattern so far in this young season, the Angels fell behind early and struggled to try to catch up.

“We’re not clicking on all cylinders obviously, offensively,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. “It can be tough on pitchers if you’re constantly trying to hold a team, so it’d be nice to jump on a team early from an offensive standpoint, and maybe let their pitching staff worry about holding us.”

Starter Chris Stratton was roughed up for four runs in the first inning, and that was enough. The Angels rallied for one run in the second and two more in the fourth. Seattle tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh.

The Halos top four hitters went 0-for-15 on the night.

Instead it was the middle of the order that did best. Albert Pujols (fifth in the lineup) was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Tommy La Stella (sixth) was also 2-for-4 and Jonathan LuCroy (seventh) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and one batted in.

The Angels will seek to reverse their slide on Tuesday (today) in Seattle with Trevor Cahill (0-1) making the start for the Orange County team.

ALSO: The Dodgers lost 4-2 to San Francisco Monday night. They are 3-2 and tied for first place in the National League West with San Diego Padres.




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