Perhaps there is nothing else Matt Shoemaker can do. Perhaps his fate is predestined.
Because, for the sixth time this month Monday night at Angel Stadium, the Angels right-hander turned in a dominant performance, and for the sixth time this month, he left the ballpark without a win.
He shut the Houston Astros down for six scoreless innings, and then the Angels bullpen blew a two-run lead. The Angels lost, 4-2, wasting a great performance from Shoemaker and an even better one from Mike Trout, who connected on his third consecutive three-hit game.
“Our team has to be more than Mike,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said.