How the Angels won 08/26: Shoemaker stellar in shutdown of Marlins
AUG 27, 2014 1:51a ET
How the Angels won: After four innings, Mike Trout had three hits, one RBI, 10 total bases and two scored runs. He was having himself a big night and was leading the charge for an Angels offense that was trying to get back on track following a rough Monday night.
Trout was aggressive on the basepaths, going first to third on an Albert Pujols single to shallow centerfield in the first inning which led to him scoring the game's first run. Pujols and Trout had six hits combined through four innings in the 8-2 win.
Stud of the game: Although Trout was sensational, Matt Shoemaker continues to be a spark in the Angels' rotation. Last week, following the injury to Garrett Richards, Shoemaker responded by taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Fenway Park. Tuesday, following a rough moment for the Angels' rotation, he responded by retiring the first eight Marlins he faced on his way to seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball. He struck out six. Shoemaker became just the fourth Angels' pitcher to have consecutive starts of seven or more shutout innings and two or less hits allowed, joining Dean Chance, Nolan Ryan and Dan Haren.
Dud of the game: Marlins starter and former Dodger Nathan Eovaldi lit up the radar gun Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, hitting triple digits at times, but that didn't stop the Angels from hitting him. Hard. Eovaldi lasted just 3.1 innings while giving up 10 hits and six earned runs.
Key stat: 13. As in the number of wins for Shoemaker. That's tops in the big leagues for rookies.
They said it: "It's confidence mixed with consistent hard work. I want to go out there and just use every pitch I can and be aggressive. My aggressiveness and confidence coincide together. If I know I can be aggressive and throw quality strikes, we're going to be successful." -- Angels starter Matt Shoemaker.
What's next: The rubber match between the Angels and Marlins will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Angel Stadium. It will be Miami's Henderson Alvarez (10-5, 2.57 ERA) going against Hector Santiago (3-7, 3.38 ERA).