The Houston Astros needed 86 wins to reach the postseason in 2015, they’ll probably need more in 2016. But the Astros ability to reach that mark swindled after a disastrous ninth inning by Ken Giles as the Angels scored six runs to win 10-6.
With the loss, Houston drops to 2.5 games behind the Tigers in the AL Wild Cards standings.
It feels a bit odd to be writing all this after the Astros were leading 6-4 entering the ninth inning.
The Astros batted around in the sixth inning to take a commanding lead. A bases-loaded single from Marwin Gonzalez tied the game at 3-3. A pinch-hit single from Tyler White put the Astros up 4-3 and Jason Castro played added with the Astros' third RBI single. A passed ball scored Houston's sixth run.
Los Angeles trailed 6-4 entering the ninth inning with Ken Giles coming in for his 14th save of the season.
But Giles wasn’t able to execute his pitches. He quickly allowed the game-tying runs with a two-run home run from Yunel Escobar.
A walk to Mike Trout and a stolen base led to the Astros intentionally walking Albert Pujols. A single from C.J. Cron scored one.
After a walk to Andrelton Simmons, Giles was placed by Michael Feliz. Feliz allowed a bloop single that Correa attempted to rob but it resulted in Correa leaving the game after falling hard on his shoulder. Three runs scored after Correa missed the ball.
The Astros went down in order to make Houston’s playoff hopes even more slim.