Those postseason hopes were punctured on Thursday by the scorching-hot
With a three-game sweep, the
“Man, what have they won, 27 of 28? It’s a joke. It’s unbelievable,” Angels right fielder
When you're not, you're the Angels, who have lost four straight for the first time since mid-April. Faint as it is, the Angels still have a pulse. They trail Minnesota by 2 1/2 games for the second wild-card spot.
But now the days grow short, as Frank Sinatra would sing, and the Angels are in the autumn of the year. Only 10 games remain, and they must find a way out of this mini-funk if they are to reach the wild-card game.
“We can’t look to see what the
A potential road block lies ahead. The Angels open a three-game series at
After four games against the lowly
"We still have to go out and play loose," Calhoun said, "but there has to be a sense of urgency, for sure."
That feeling of desperation hit the Angels in the fifth inning of a 1-1 game on Thursday when Yan Gomes led off with a popup to shallow right-center field.
Brandon Phillips ran back from second base. Trout raced in from center but couldn't find the ball in the sun. Calhoun rushed in from right and made a late call for the ball, which clanged off the heel of his glove for a single.
Giovanny Urshela lined a single off the glove of leaping shortstop
Lindor's two-run shot snapped a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning of Wednesday night's 6-5 win.
“There were a lot of things involved — there was wind, there was sun, there was positioning,” manager
Said Calhoun: "Nobody was really calling for it. I tried to give it my best effort, but the ball was out there in no-man's land."
Thursday’s game started well for the Angels. They took their first lead in six games against the Indians this season when Trout walked with one out in the first and scored on
Had Phillips not been gunned down by Cleveland right fielder
Two pitches into the second, the lead was gone.
The Angels threatened off reliever
But Miller, the 6-foot-7 left-hander who has been slowed since early August by right-knee tendinitis, struck out C.J. Cron on three pitches, the second a slider in the dirt and the third an elevated 95-mph fastball.
"They're a terrific club, they're deep in a lot of areas," Scioscia said. "When you open up the door for a good team like that, you're pretty sure they're going to take advantage, and they did this afternoon."