Matt Shoemaker’s run as the Angels’ unexpected ace tumbled to an unceremonious end Sunday afternoon, just as the Angels’ improbable stay atop Boston and the baseball world did the same.
A day after rattling the Red Sox for 21 runs, the Angels were routed, 10-5, at Fenway Park. Shoemaker, the 29-year-old right-hander who has forced front offices across the sport to watch attentively, was never as sharp as he had been for six weeks running. His functional fastball-splitter combination betrayed him.
“Those guys were a little more patient,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He had to work a little more for outs."