The two men took the mound sharing an ignominious location on the league leaderboard, but they departed it having dulled that distinction. The Angels’ Ricky Nolasco and the Astros’ Mike Fiers led the American League in home runs allowed this season, 18 each, and they matched up Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
Yet the teams combined to hit only one home run in Houston’s subdued 3-1 victory. It happened in the second inning, when Nolasco fell behind Brian McCann, 2-and-1, and the Houston catcher golfed a sinker 20 feet deep into the right-field bleachers.
Otherwise, neither pitcher’s season-long plague presented problems.
The Angels’ offense did. Without the...