Today’s game got off to a rough start, as Jaime Barria struck out the side in the top of the first inning. He did allow a single to Nicholas Castellanos, giving the faintest glimmer of hope, but alas, it was not meant to be. Blaine Hardy surrendered a lead-off home run to Kole Calhoun then walked David Fletcher, leading to some early trouble. Justin Upton advanced Fletcher on a groundout, then Albert Pujols moved Fletcher to third on a fielder’s choice out to second. From there, Andrelton Simmons singled in Fletcher to give the Angels a two-run lead. Things stayed quiet again until the fifth inning, when Justin Upton and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back home runs off of Hardy to give the Angels a 5-0 lead. A Jose Briceno single with Artie Lewicki on the mound in the sixth extended their lead to 6-0.
The Tigers, meanwhile, failed to string together any sort of rally. Jeimer Candelario managed a double int he fourth inning to open the frame, but three straight outs killed the Tigers’ best chance at a run.
Today was Blaine Hardy’s worst start in recent memory. Hardy finished the game going five innings, allowing five earned runs on seven hits (three of which were home runs), one walk, and thee strikeouts. The start also inflated his ERA from 3.25 to 3.63. It’s hard to blame Hardy for a rough outing, however. Since 2011, the Tigers are 5-22 in Anaheim, their worst win percentage against any team in all of baseball either at home or away.