Miguel Cabrera returned to action on Tuesday August 26.
Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the Angels' 8-2 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.
Trout hit the one-out RBI double in the fourth inning off of Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi, knocking the pitcher out of the game. It was Trout's 92nd RBI of the season. The three hits bumped his average up to .289. This three-hit effort isn't the norm in front of the home crowd, as Trout's numbers are noticeably lower at home (.258/.351/.525) than they are on the road (.312/.390/.584). "Noticeably lower" is still really good in Trout's case. Work on that home average, maybe? On the year he's slashing .289/.374/.558.
Albert Pujols singled three times and drove in two runs in Tuesday's 8-2 win over the Marlins.
Miami's pitchers were giving up hits galore, as the Angels as a team picked up sixteen knocks in the 8-2 win. Pujols drove in two with an RBI single in what ended up being a five run fourth inning for the Angels. He's driven in 80 runs on the season. Despite an overall solid slash line of .277/.333/.472, Pujols has been in a bit of a power drought since the All Star break, as he's only hit three home runs since the middle of July after hitting 21 in the first half of the season.
Matt Shoemaker yielded only two hits and no runs over seven innings in an 8-2 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday.
The pressure is on Shoemaker to prove he's a viable mid-rotation starter -- and playoff option -- with 13-game winner Garrett Richards lost for the season with a torn left patellar tendon. You wouldn't know it's fazing him. One day after Richards' ligament snapped, Shoemaker entered the seventh inning with a no-hitter and finished with 7 2/3 shutout frames against the Red Sox. Tonight he was nearly unhittable as well. Shoemaker, who went undrafted out of college and represents a huge victory for Los Angeles' scouting department, is 4-0 with a 0.77 ERA in his last four outings. The right-hander improves to 13-4 with a 3.33 ERA overall. Shoemaker hosts the A's in his next turn.
Nathan Eovaldi was hammered for six earned runs on 10 hits over just 3 1/3 innings Tuesday in a loss to the Angels.
Eovaldi walked one while striking out four. The right-hander has now lost three straight outings, allowing 12 earned runs (and three unearned) over 14 1/3 innings for a 7.53 ERA. He entered that rough patch 6-6 with a 3.99 ERA. Those numbers are worse for the wear now, and Eovaldi will welcome the Mets to Southern Florida on Monday with a 6-9 record and 4.30 ERA.