Just as Mike Trout keeps setting records for his hitting prowess, the Los Angeles Angeles Angels bullpen is piling up statistics of frustration.
Trout hit two home runs Sunday night to set a team mark for most homers – 28 – before the All Star break, but the Halos lost anyway, falling 11-10 to the Astros in Houston in 10 innings. The Orange County team now heads into the “intermission” with a record of 45-46.
The Angels built an early 7-2 lead but couldn’t hang on to it. A four-run rally by the American League West leaders knotted the game up at 8-8, and it looked like Trout’s second home run in the top of the eighth – a two-run shot – might be the decider.
But Yordan Alvarez’ two-run single in the bottom of the inning tied the game at 10-all. In the bottom of the 10th, George Springer’s one-out single brought home Josh Reddick with the winning run.
The Angels had 16 hits, but the Astros more than matched that with 19. Shohei Ohtani hit his 14th homer of the year and two teammates – David Fletcher and Andrelton Simmons each had three hits.
Trying to preserve the lead, the roof fell in for the Halos in the sixth when Cam Bedrosian gave up four hits and four runs – including a grand slam home run by Yuli Gurriel – that turned the tide. Overall, the Angel bullpen yielded 14 hits, six walks and nine runs.
To make matters potentially worse, catcher Jonathan Lucroy had to leave the game and was taken to a nearby hospital after a violent collision at home plate in the eighth inning.
The Angels will have several days to consider the next stage of the season when play resumes on Friday hosting the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim.