Regardless, the Angels were going quietly on Friday night. They didn’t have to go so carelessly as well, though.
Josh Hamilton, the Angels’ $125 million man, forgot how many outs there were on a foul popup in the ninth inning and got doubled off to end Friday’s 5-0 loss to the Astros.
The absent-minded Hamilton went 0-for-4 in the game, dropping his average to .179. He was only on first base in the ninth because he reached on a fielder’s choice. Mark Trumbo followed that with a popup to the left of home plate that catcher Jason Castro caught. Hamilton, thinking there were two outs, ran it out, even though there was never any chance of it landing fair.
Hamilton wasn’t overly chastised by his manager afterwards, and there was no indication that a day off was in store, though it might not be a bad idea.
“That’s a mental mistake,” Mike Scioscia said. “Josh knows it. He’s accountable.”
The Angels fell to 2-8 with the loss. The Astros are two games better at 4-6.
Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.
The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.
That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.