Zack Greinke made his debut for the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon, against the Tampa Bay Rays. Greinke was traded from the Brewers to the Angels on Friday in exchange for Jean Segura, Johnny Hellwig, and Ariel Pena.
The former Cy Young winner was strong in his debut, pitching seven innings while allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out eight in a loss to the Rays. The Angels’ offense was once again kept silent for the second game in a row.
The Angels were on the brink of being shutout for the second game in a row, for the second time this season. The Toronto Blue Jays shutout the Angels two days in a row in early May.
As impressive as Greinke was, Jeremy Hellickson was just as good. Hellickson did not allow his first base-runner until the fourth inning when Maicer Izturis singled to right field.
Hellickson shut down the Angels’ offense over his six innings of work. He allowed only two hits and strike out five.
The Angels wasted multiple scoring opportunities. Perhaps none bigger than in the sixth inning when Chris Iannetta reached on an infield single, and was sacrificed to second. Izturis stuck out and Howie Kendrick grounded out to end the the last scoring chance the Angels would have.
The Angels were shutout for the second straight day. The absence of not having Mike Trout at the top of the lineup clearly showed. Mark Trumbo hasn’t hit a home run in seven games and Albert Pujols was 0-for-7 in the last two games of the series, after going 3-for-4 in the first game.
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