Halos continue slide with 4-3 defeat

SHOHEI OHTANI homered in the Angels’ 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Wednesday night (Angels photo).

With a 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night in Anaheim, the Los Angeles Angels continued their slide. Over the last 10 games, the Halos have lost eight games and won only two.

The Angels fell behind early at 4-1 after two innings and couldn’t catch up, despite home runs by Shohei Ohtani (his 18th of the season) and Kole Calhoun (his 29th).

Wednesday’s loss put the Angels record at 67-80. Thirteen games under .500 is the worst spot for the team so far in 2019.

Other than the two homers, the Angel offense was led by Dennis Fletcher and Kevan Smith, who each had two hits. The team was again without Mike Trout, still sidelined with a toe problem.

Dillon Peters (3-3) had a rough start, lasting just three innings and getting touched for five hits and four earned runs. He walked three batters and struck out one, and was touched for two home runs.

The Halos relief corps did better.  Six pitchers from the bullpen held the Indians to just five hits and no runs.

Thursday will be an off day for the Orange County team, which will resume action on Friday hosting the Tampa Bay Rays. Andrew Heaney (4-4) will make the start at the Big A for the home team.

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