Jaime Barria tosses six scoreless innings in Angels’ 2nd straight victory over Astros

first_img“These last two games I love the way we were pitching,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “We need to set a tone on the mound. We did it last night with Andrew. We did it again tonight with Jaime. That’s the foundation we need to get back to.”Although the victories aren’t that significant at this time in this lost season for the Angels, pitching performances like this one bode well for the team’s future, with eight of the nine innings handled by rookies.Barría got things started in the right direction, thanks to some mechanical tweaks he’d made between starts with pitching coach Charlie Nagy, Scioscia said.Barría also said, through an interpreter, he’d made a decision to “attack the hitters” and to establish his fastball first, and then go to his breaking ball. He also avoided the issue he’d cited the last time – the Astros stealing signs when they had runners at second base – but simply keeping runners off the bases.They had a runner at second only once all night. He gave up three hits and a walk, and he retired the last nine batters he faced. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros After that, Anderson worked a hitless seventh and Buttrey got through a grueling eighth. He gave up a single to Josh Reddick and a double to Tony Kemp to start the inning, putting runners at second and third.With the Minute Maid Park crowd roaring, Buttrey struck out George Springer. After a walk to Alex Bregman loaded the bases, Buttrey struck out reigning MVP José Altuve. Buttrey threw Altuve fastballs at 99.6 and 99.9 mph – his hardest two pitches so far in the majors – and then he got him on a slider. Correa popped out to end the inning.“Those pitches I threw (to Altuve), I had no clue they were as hard as they were,” Buttrey said. “But that’s one of the best hitters in baseball. I got that adrenaline and it just kind of took over.”Buttrey, who has pitched just seven games, said escaping that jam will pay dividends down the road.“If I get myself into that situation in the future it will be easier,” he said. “That’s a huge confidence builder, going and getting those guys out. That was great practice because that situation is going to come up again in the future and I’ll have to do it again.”Blake Parker then worked the ninth to protect the three-run lead the Angels had built in the sixth, on a Mike Trout sacrifice fly and an Andrelton Simmons’ two-run homer. Simmons, who had three hits on Thursday, is 9 for 13 with three homers this season at Minute Maid Park.PUJOLS IN 2019After playing 70 games at first base this season – more than twice as many as in the previous two years combined – Albert Pujols ended up needing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.That prompted the question about whether Pujols will be able to handle playing first next year, when he’ll be 39.“We’ll wait to hear what the doctors have to say on that,” General Manager Billy Eppler said Friday, two days after Pujols’ surgery. “He obviously puts a lot of load on those knees and ankles and feet and his lower half in general. He’s diligent about his maintenance program and that’s something that will be part of his regular routine moving forward. I’ll wait to hear from the doctors in their follow-up what they have to say.”ALSOWithout Pujols, the Angels are now free to use Ohtani at DH any time they want, and on Friday he got his 10th start of the season against a left-handed pitcher. He has started five games against lefties since coming back from the disabled list in July. …Scioscia said the Angels are expecting to bring three players up on Saturday, the day of expanded rosters. They will add more players after Triple-A Salt Lake’s season ends on Monday.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña, 1-4, 4.52) at Astros (RHP Josh James, 6-4, 3.40 at Triple-A, major league debut), Saturday, 4 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles PreviousHOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 31: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim high fives Shohei Ohtani #17 after a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 31, 2018 in Houston, Texas. 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