The Angels wanted closer Huston Street to get an inning of work Wednesday. He did not make it out of the inning.
Street faced eight batters and retired two. He gave up three runs on four hits, and he walked in a run, the latest in a series of uneven performances. The Angels were considered unlikely to trade Street to a contending team anyway, but his recent outings would dampen the interest among would-be suitors.
Street sat out a month because of a strained oblique. In 7 2/3 innings before the injury, he gave up one run, on four hits and two walks. In 7 2/3 innings since coming off the disabled list, he has given up eight runs, on 15 hits and eight walks.
He has averaged two men on base in each inning this season, three men on base in each inning since returning from injury.
“Huston is definitely trying to find his release point,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said. “He’s been pitching behind in the count a lot. His stuff looks just the same as it did last year. He’s just not able to control counts the way he did last year, and make the pitch to put hitters away.”
Street has a 5.28 earned-run average, the highest ever at the end of June in his 12-year career. He also has more walks (10) than strikeouts (9).
“Everybody else pays to get nervous. That’s why they buy tickets,” Street said. “They pay me not to get nervous.
“My job is to put up zeroes. I haven’t gotten the results that I want to get. I’m going to go out and find a way to get them.”
The Angels hope setup man Joe Smith (hamstring) can return from the disabled list this weekend. Scioscia indicated the Angels would be more likely to use Smith in middle relief at first, rather than use Smith as closer and temporarily try Street in lower-leverage situations.
Street bemoaned the big hit on Wednesday, a double by Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa.
Correa is five for five off Street, with three doubles.
“I’ll find a way to get that guy out,” Street said. “He owns me right now. He’s a good player. I tip my hat to him.”
Jose Altuve of the Astros leads the majors in consecutive games played, with 169. Mike Trout is second with 141. Both players are more than 15 full seasons behind Cal Ripken Jr., who holds the all-time record of 2,632 consecutive games played. ... The Angels lost six of seven games on the homestand, but Trout reached base 22 times in 32 tries. His on-base percentage is .422, trailing only Altuve and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox in the American League. … Third baseman Yunel Escobar (knee) has not played in the past six games and probably will go on the disabled list if he is not ready to play this weekend … Catcher Geovany Soto (knee) is scheduled to start a rehabilitation assignment Friday at triple-A Salt Lake. Scioscia said Soto, who has not played since May 18, would need about a week in the minors.