Albert Pujols came to the plate four times Sunday afternoon, and four times he made outs.
Ground ball to third. Ground ball to short. Ground ball to third. Strikeout.
Condense the Angels' offensive malaise into one batter and that's what you get. Pujols struggles, his teammates struggle.
The Angels return home Monday after going 1-5 on a road trip through Tampa Bay and Cleveland. They hit a collective .165 on the six games, scored just nine runs and seemed to fail continually with runners in scoring position.
No one symbolizes their offensive struggles more than Pujols, who is hitting .216 this season and now has gone without a home run in 88 consecutive at-bats. Despite his own protestations that he's not feeling the pressure of producing for his new team, there is little question that's exactly what is happening. If it weren't, he wouldn't be pulling so many pitches on the ground.
Pujols was 0 for 4 in the Angels' 4-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians ...