Apparently Saturday wasn’t rock bottom. Although Sunday’s loss wasn’t as bad as Saturday’s, being swept by a team with a five game lead on you for the Wild Card this late in the season isn’t a good thing. No, the season isn’t over. Comebacks happen. The Angels are going to have to make one after losing again 8-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Zack Greinke, simply put wasn’t good. You give up six earned in six innings of work, that’s not going to get the job done. The Rays got the scoring started with four in the second. After a strikeout, three straight runners reached. Elliot Johnson was hit by a pitch which brought home the first run. Two batters later, B.J. Upton drew a walk to bring home a run and then Matt Joyce’s single brought home two more. The Angels got a run back in the fourth when Mike Trout hit his 24th homer of the year. In the fifth, Ryan Roberts hit a two run shot, his eighth of the year. In the sixth, Albert Pujols hit his 28th homer of the year. In the ninth after a single and a walk, Carlos Pena drove home two with a double. In the bottom half, Erick Aybar brought home a run with a single to conclude the scoring.
The Angels are off on Monday and head east to take on the Red Sox and Tigers in an important six game road trip. If the Angels go 1-5 or 2-4 on this trip, that may not be something they can recover from.