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Angels fall to their former teammate Matt Joyce and the Pirates, 8-7

Angels fall to their former teammate Matt Joyce and the Pirates, 8-7

The Angels’ twisting season moved into the realm of satire on Saturday. A man who was so sizable a failure for them last season he thought he might be finished instead delivered the theatrical, decisive blow in their most recent defeat.

After notching one hit against left-handers in one year as an Angel, Matt Joyce launched one, bigger hit in his first chance against them, a three-run, pinch-hit home run to provide Pittsburgh an 8-7 win over the Angels at PNC Park, a victory made sweeter by his 2015 struggles.

“I really enjoyed my time over there,” Joyce said, “besides the failing part of it.”

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