Anaheim, California–When the Los Angeles Angels set a new franchise record for futility, Nickelback provided the soundtrack.
In an effort to break the tension of Wednesday night’s epic losing streak, Halos sent all nine hitters to the plate for the songs of the ill-fated Canadian rock band.
These angels can only wish they had taken as many big hits as Nickelback.
Los Angeles’ losing streak set a team record 14 games when Bobby Dalbeck’s only round six-half double led the Boston Red Sox to a 1–0 win.
“It’s a record-breaking,” said Phil Nevin, interim managing director of Angels. “We keep saying that. The effort is good. These guys really want to win a match right now, and we know what it will mean for us when we do that.”
Nathan Evaldi (4-2) throws five innings of a six-ball by five in Boston’s seventh straight season win. With their second 1-0 win in three days in the Big A, the Red Sox remained perfect in June and into their 10-game West Coast trip (6-0).
With another lifeless offensive performance and a share that was good enough to lose, the Angels fell 0-2 under Nevin, who replaced Joe Maddon on Tuesday. Halos’ baffling slip is now longer than the team’s previous record in the last 12 games of 1988 and the opening game of the 1989 season.
“Every loss is the same,” said rookie Reed Dettmers, who hit the ball three strokes in the fifth inning. “Obviously the losses are closer, they can be a little tougher, but they all hurt. We are moving in the right direction. The club is good.”
Los Angeles were 24-13 and No. 1 at El West on May 15, but the Angels have gone 3-18 since then with a simultaneous collapse of their injury-plagued squad and always-poor progressive crew.
The Halos had seven singles but was disqualified for the third time in six matches despite his fictional accompaniment on the board. The balmy night was no surprise with a lineup of six backups, largely due to injuries. Shohei Ohtani went 1 for 4 with two hits in the lead in Los Angeles.
“I had some great promotions,” Nevin said. “Offensively, we didn’t get enough players early.”
Matt Strahm had the last two games of his third save, completing an excellent performance by five non-walking shooters in Boston’s third win in five games.
“Another good thing for them, they’ve been throwing the ball really well for a while,” Boston coach Alex Cora said of his saddle.
Boston didn’t have to face Mike Trout, who didn’t play after a thigh strain on Tuesday night. The Angels aren’t interested in the long-term absence of a three-time AL MVP, who trained a lot before the game.
But Hallows’ squad has been depleted by the simultaneous absences of Trout, Taylor Ward, Anthony Rendon and David Fletcher due to injuries. Luis Rengivo also entered the paternity list before the match.
Dettmers had his second straight start without being allowed to run. The rookie was knocked out after Christian Arroyo’s double in fifth sent Jackie Bradley Jr. for third, but Archie Bradley was let off the hook.
Boston climbed into sixth place when Alex Verdugo tied Jimmy Herget (1-1) and immediately scored twice in the right-hand corner from Dalbeck, who also led in two rounds on Tuesday night.
All the right reasons
Nevin said the Nickelback Serenade song wasn’t his idea, but he wasn’t crazy.
“I love it,” said Nevin. “I love Nickelback. The whole game, I have songs in my head that I can’t stop singing.”
Dettmers said the scheme “definitely threw us a bit, but that’s just to keep us loose, and have some fun.”
Red Sox: Hitter Ledoff and midfielder Kiké Hernández went to the injury list for 10 days with a strained right hip. … SS Xander Bogaerts started and tried to clean up after leaving Tuesday’s game late with a tight left shoulder.
Angels: Rendon (Right Wrist Inflammation) “He’s made some good progress recently,” according to athletic trainer Mike Frostad. Rendón took the globes and hit the cage. The third man, with $245 million, has not played since May 26… Ward’s strained hamstrings are “recovering well for us,” Frostad said. The Angels hope to play their primary right player on Tuesday against the Dodgers when he is eligible to be eliminated from the injured list.
Ohtani (3-4, 3.99 ERA) makes his tenth start to the season on the series finale, facing Nick Pivetta of Boston (5-4, 3.50). Ohtani threw seven goal-free rounds at Fenway Park on May 5, allowing six hits and 11 hits.