Angels fall to Phillies in series finale

Henry Tran - The Sporting Tribune
Patrick Sandoval had a season-high 10 strikeouts in 5 innings, but the Angels couldn’t get him enough run support in a 2-1 loss to the Phillies.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Despite a solid outing from starter Patrick Sandoval and his season-high 10 strikeouts, the Angels dropped the series finale against the Phillies, 2-1, on Wednesday at Angel Stadium.

Sandoval threw almost 80 pitches by the third inning and allowed both of Philadelphia’s runs in the second. Kyle Shwarber’s RBI ground-ball single up the middle rolled right past Zach Neto.

”He did a good job of fighting,” Angels manager Ron Washington said of Sandoval. “To be honest with you, I didn’t think he was going to make it through the second, but he turned out to get all the way to the fifth. That was an outstanding job.”

After falling behind 2-0, Sandoval managed to stay poised to throw five innings with 102 pitches.

Ehire Adrianza cut the deficit in half with a solo-home run in the bottom of the second.

The Angels held the Phillies scoreless board for the rest of the afternoon, but the Phillies did likewise to the Angels.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Angels had runners on the corners, but left them stranded after a Taylor Ward fly out to end the game.

The Angels (11-20) finish the nine-game homestand 2-7, losing all three series. But Washington wasn’t losing faith.

”We had opportunities and if we keep playing baseball the way we played the last three days against Philadelphia,” Washington said. “We’re going to do some good things going forward.

“We had one of the best pitchers in baseball out there. We battled him and we kept putting ourselves in position to do something good. It just didn’t happen.”

Roster moves

Following the news that Mike Trout would miss time with knee surgery, the Angels announced the signing of outfielder Kevin Pillar who made his debut for the Halos against the Phillies in left field.

The Angels also selected the contract of veteran outfielder Willie Calhoun to help fill in the hole left by Trout in the outfield.

Miguel Sano went to the 10-day IL, retroactive to April 28, while Zac Kristofak was designated for assignment — the same week he made his MLB debut — to make room on the roster.