Collin McHugh, or "Snap Dragon 2" as his bright orange-and-light-blue uniform showcased, tossed six innings of three-hit ball Friday night at the Big A while the slumbering offense did just enough to eke out a 2-1 victory over the Halos which probably finished off any Anaheim fantasies of overtaking the Astros in the AL West. Houston has a 13-1/2 game lead over Anaheim (14 in the loss column) and only the 1951 New York Giants can say there's a realistic chance left for the Halos.
Nice win; crummy threads
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Both teams were decked in corny "players uniforms" with nicknames on the back of the shirts as if this was the World Baseball Classic or some other bozo exhibition. The Astros somehow got the Mets uniforms judging from the color scheme used. Let's just call this a bad idea and bury it in Paul Lukas' basement, shall we?
McHugh was wild in the first inning, walking Mike Trout who advanced to second on a passed ball. Kole Calhoun drilled a double high off the right field wall to put Anaheim ahead. It could have been worse after a wild pitch moved Calhoun to third but Derek Fisher snared Andrelton Simmons' liner to left to end the inning.
J.D. Davis, making the most of his call-up from AA, crushed a first-pitch homer to left that led off the third inning against Parker Bridwell.
The decisive run came in the sixth when George Springer doubled to left. Springer moved to third on a grounder by Alex Bregman or "A-Breg" who otherwise had three hits on the night to raise his average to .286. Bridwell uncorked a wild pitch that catcher Martin Maldonado grasped for around home plate as Springer dashed in. After stepping on home, Springer leap-frogged Maldonado in an athletic work of collision avoidance.
After McHugh finished the sixth with eight strikeouts on the night, Chris Devenski, Joe Musgrove and Ken Giles tossed a scoreless inning each to close out the game in under three hours before a throng of 42,333 who took the wrong exit for Disneyland.
Jose Altuve sat out Friday's contest as he recovers from neck soreness suffered Thursday night. He's listed day-to-day. Evan Gattis returned from the Disabled List just in time for Max Stassi to join it. Stassi suffered a torn blister Thursday in what was labeled "left hand inflammation".
Brad Peacock (10-2) hopes to get back on the winning track Saturday night in an 8:07 Central face-off. Lefthander Tyler Skaggs (1-4) will take the mound for Anaheim, who now falls to third behind Seattle with their loss.
I wonder if Altuve took in "It's a Small World After All?" over at Disneyland while taking the day off?
- Bob Hulsey