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Without Albert Pujols, Angels offense goes silent in loss to Mets – Orange County Register

NEW YORK — Just when it seemed the Angels offense was beginning to bust out, this happened.

Some of it was Jacob deGrom. Some of it was playing without Albert Pujols, who has a tight hamstring. Some of it was playing with a pitcher in the lineup.

Add it up, and you get zero. Zero runs.

The Angels’ 3-0 loss to the New York Mets on Friday night came on the heels of scoring 28 runs during the four-game winning streak they brought to town.

The Angels’ best scoring opportunities were scuttled by the lack of depth in their lineup, and by Pujols’ absence.

In the sixth, Mike Trout was intentionally walked to get to Luis Valbuena, who took Pujols’ spot in the lineup. With runners at first and second in a 1-0 game, Valbuena grounded out. His hitless streak reached 18 at-bats before the night ended.

The Mets then increased the lead to 2-0 before the dominating deGrom had a hiccup that gave the Angels a golden opportunity.

Andrelton Simmons led off with a double. DeGrom then walked C.J. Cron on four pitches and hit Martin Maldonado, loading the bases with no outs.

Danny Espinosa, who has struggled all season, struck out looking, his third strikeout of the night. Pinch-hitter Ben Revere hit a blooper into shallow center, but shortstop Jose Reyes made a nice catch, staying with the ball even after it initially popped out of his glove. Cameron Maybin then hit a flyout to right, ending the inning.

Moments later, Michael Conforto greeted reliever Jose Alvarez with a solo homer, making it 3-0.

The lack of support for Angels starter Ricky Nolasco wasn’t limited to the offense, though. The defense let him down in the first inning.

Conforto led off the game with a shot into left field, and Maybin seemed to get a bad jump and the ball dropped in front of him. Reyes then bunted, but Cron stumbled around the bag while taking the throw and didn’t get his foot on the bag in time.

Nolasco got the next two outs, but he couldn’t escape the jam before Curtis Granderson’s…

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