Verlander gets 3,000th K vs. Halos

JUSTIN VERLANDER got his 3,000th career strikeout Saturday against the Angels (Flickr photo).

The Los Angeles Angels are headed toward a dubious honor. If they lose today (Sunday), that’ll give them 90 losses, giving the team its worst record in the 21st century.

The last time the Halos lost 90 or more games was in 1999.

On Saturday, Houston (106-55) defeated the Orange County team 6-3 behind the pitching of ace Justin Verlander, who posted his 21st win (against six losses).

Verlander also reached the milestone of 3,000 career strikeouts when he whiffed Kole Calhoun in the fourth innings.

The Angels (70-89) built a 3-0 lead with home runs by Brian Goodwin (his 17th of the season) and Andrelton Simmons (seventh), both off Verlander, but the visitors rallied with five runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh.

Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer (his 31st homer) in the sixth and Josh Reddick (14th) had a three-run blast later in the inning.

The two teams will close out the regular season with a 12:07 p.m. game at the Big A. After Sunday, the Astros will have to wait for the outcome of an American League Wild Card clash between the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Matadors finish pre-league with loss

Bolsa Grande finished its pre-league season Saturday night with a 27-3 loss to Fairmont Prep in a contest at Yorba Linda High.

The loss put the Matadors’ record at 1-4. They’ll begin Garden Grove League action next Friday (Oct. 4) against La Quinta (1-4) at Bolsa Stadium.

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