Well I shouldn't say it was the real Dallas Keuchel per se, because it really wasn't him on the mound. It was swollen wrist gamer, should have been on the disabled list to rest, Dallas Keuchel on the mound. Keuchel skipped his last start after swelling developed in his wrist on his throwing arm. He clearly didn't look like the pitcher that had a sub 3.00 ERA coming into July. The Angels were able to put together a career-high 13 hits against Keuchel. But, the lefty from Oklahoma battled, and keep the Angels to five runs over five. Keuchel was in line for the win when he left the game.
Los Angeles racked up three early runs on the Astros starter even with some quality glove work behind him in the second and third. C.J. Cron scored to tie the game in the second on a fielder's choice, after a Chris Iannetta double pushed him to third base. Another fielder's choice lead to the second run, as Erick Aybar grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. David Freese doubled to plate a third run. L.J. Hoes threw out Freese at the plate as he attempted to score on a C.J. Cron single to left.
The Astros clearly got the message about the forth of July and had the fireworks ready. Chris Carter homered with an ease that only Chris Carter can project in the second. George Springer asked a C.J. Wilson curveball if it wanted to go for a dip? Of course the ball said yes, and Springer deposited the pitch into the jumbo-size office space water fixture in center field of Angels Stadium. Not be left out of the fun, Jon Singleton capped off the Astros' fifth straight hit off Wilson in the fourth with a laser over the wall in right. The Astros now lead 6-3.
Albert Pujols couldn't pass up a chance to ruin the Astros' day - he flipped a 89-mph fastball from Keuchel into the Angels' bullpen. The score was now, 6-5 Astros.
Josh Zeid was left on the hook for a run after replacing Keuchel, as he gave up a single to Pujols to lead off the seventh. After replacing Zeid, Darin Downs struck out Josh Hamilton - the one batter he faced. Josh Fields replaced Downs and proceeded to surrender a double to Howie Kendrick to plate the Angels' six run. Outside of that, Fields was sharp in his return from the disabled list. He struck out the next four batters he faced. Tony Sipp got the final out in the eighth and stayed in to face Mike Trout in the ninth.
Trout turned on a slider down and sent it into the Anaheim night air. The ball didn't come down till it was over the fence for Trout's twentieth home run of the season. Angels win. To give you an idea of where that pitcher was, Carlos Corporan planned to block it after the bounce or catch on the dirt.
The Astros and Angels play game three Saturday at 9:05 PM CT, Feldman vs. Santiago.