The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim almost certainly will be sending two players – Mike Trout and Albert Pujols – to the Baseball Hall of Fame someday, but it’s looking pretty unlikely that the team will be making it to the playoffs in 2019.
Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Ohio dropped the Halos below .500 (56-57). It was their fifth loss in six games and a sweep of the three-game series by the Tribe.
The Angels were able to get just five hits in the game. Kole Calhoun hit his 25th home run of the season in the seventh, and Pujols has two hits, one of which drove in the other run.
They could manage five hits off Shane Bieber (11-4), who struck out eight batters and walked no one in pitching a rare complete game. As for the Halos, starter Jaime Barria (4-5) lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up five hits, and three home runs.
In an effort to get back on track, the Angels will be in Cincinnati on Monday take on the Reds (52-58).