The story of this game should be how the Angels are barely clinging to life after sneaking out of Houston with a late-inning rally to avoid a sweep. But you and I know we can't focus on that, not after the shenanigans Bo Porter and the umpires pulled.
If you missed it, enjoy watching a MLB manager and umpiring crew take a dump over the very basic rule than any pitcher entering a game must face at least one batter before being replaced.
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Thanks to the nearly empty stadium, if you listen real close you can hear Scioscia yell "embarrassment" at the umpires. It is mind-blowing how this display of incompetency came to pass.
All I can say is thank goodness the Angels ended up winning and didn't need to go through with the protest to the league. I say that both for the sake of MLB's integrity but also having to replay the Angels getting swept by the Astros twice would've probably killed me.
Alas, they didn't thanks to Mark Trumbo hitting an accidental game-tying double. The season maintains its almost undetectable pulse for another few days.
Angels 6, Astros 5
--Is this finally happening? Is Hamilton coming around? He homered for the second straight game and even added a double and walk to boot. I really want to get excited about this but I fear this is nothing more than a mirage brought about by the piss poor talent of the Houston pitching staff.
--Scott Downs hurt himself on a routine fielding play... again. Does he not stretch before he comes into games or something? At what point to teams just start bunting at him on the first pitch figuring he'll hurt himself and have to leave the game?
--Erick Aybar got re-injured too, so the Halos have the going for them. Both he and Downs are supposedly day-to-day.
--Speaking of injuries, those happen to occupy two spots on our "How Will the Angels Lose?" Bingo card. For those who weren't playing along at home, the Halos ticked off eight of the boxes but narrowly missed out on BINGO. Maybe next time!
--The best part of the game might've been Mark Trumbo's awkward post-game interview with Jose Mota in which he flatly admitted he didn't know what was going on during the umpiring buffoonery because he just wasn't really paying attention. Hey folks, at least he's honest.
Halo Hero of the Game
A big hit on an excuse me swing followed by an unintentionally hilarious interview will get you the Halo Hero everytime.