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Angels blown out again as Mike Trout continues rough weekend – Press Telegram

HOUSTON – For a moment in the Los Angeles 9-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Saturday, they had a chance to get back into the game.

Although they lost four runs in the fifth inning, they had two and Mike Trout came to the plate, with Shohei Ohtani behind him.

Trout smelled two rapids in a row from Jose Urquidy, and then took the third, which bounced off the top of the hitting zone, ending with the best threat from the Angels.

He was the third of Trout’s four punches in the game, a day after he punched in all three of his appearances on the plate.

It was the first time in Trout’s career that he struck out at least three times in consecutive games without reaching base in either game.

Trout hit 23 homers and has an OPS of 1,010, numbers that still place his overall performance among the best in the game. But within that he suffered some uncharacteristic falls. He had the worst drought of 0 of 26 in his career earlier this season. His 29.3-strikeout percentage is the highest of his career.

His Saturday performance was just one piece of another ugly Los Angeles performance.

They only managed three hits and hit 12 times more, which added to their total major league leaders. They had two hits and 16 strikeouts in an 8-1 defeat on Friday night.

Andrew Velázquez thought he was striking two shots in a row. In the third inning, he had checked his swing on a two-shot throw. Velázquez began walking back to the dugout, seemingly unaware that third-base referee Bill Miller had ruled he was not walking. Later, Velázquez was called on strike in the next camp.

Angels starter Patrick Sandoval also had a tough day, allowing five runs in five innings.

Sandoval gave a double to José Altuve to start the first inning. He recorded two outs without allowing a run, but then allowed an RBI single to Kyle Tucker, a ride to Yuli Gurriel and a two-run single to Jake Myers.

In the second, Sandoval gave a home run on the first pitch to Martín Maldonado. Afterwards, Altuve doubled and scored on a two-bat break from Alex Bregman, putting the Astros 5-0 up.

Although Sandoval equaled his season record in allowed runs, he managed to rule out the Astros for the next three innings to keep the game within reach and prevent the bullpen from spreading too far.

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