first_imgKole Calhoun, who hit three homers in games on Wednesday and Friday, agreed that the Angels are giving their best effort, despite the results.“Getting motivated is not a problem,” Calhoun said. “We are playing major league baseball. This is all of our dreams. We’re not going to take any game for granted. We go out and play and play hard. There are a lot of young guys where who are going to get opportunities and get a chance. You think they are not going to pay hard? They are going to go out and play their butts off.”Ausmus said the signs that would tell him that the effort or intensity is lacking is if players started to take shortcuts in areas beyond pitching and hitting.“The key is is to make sure they’re taking a businessman’s approach to every facet of the game: running the bases, playing defense,” Ausmus said. “The unheralded parts of baseball that you still need to do the right things or play the right away. That’s what I look at. So far that has not been an issue.” Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — Jaime Barría’s best outing of the year came to an abrupt end when the lineup turned over for the third time.It’s no secret that Angels manager Brad Ausmus is quick to turn the game over to his bullpen rather than have his starters face hitters a third time, and this time it backfired.Barría, who had not allowed any runs when he was pulled, ended up getting charged with two that scored against the bullpen in the Angels’ 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.“It was a very good outing,” Ausmus said. “Maybe his best outing of the year. Everything seemed to be working. With all the lefties in the lineup he used his changeup quite a bit. The slider is probably his go-to pitch, but really his the changeup was the difference maker with the left-handed bats.” The Angels lost their sixth straight game, and 10th out of the past 12, falling to 67-82 and ensuring their fourth straight losing season.Although the Angels have played particularly poorly lately, they rejected the notion that it has anything to do with a lack of motivation at the end of a disappointing season.“I can tell you if there was anyone in here who doesn’t want to be out there, and didn’t want to give 100 percent, they wouldn’t be in the (expletive) big leagues,” Andrew Heaney said. “If you have enough (expletive) mental fortitude to get to the big leagues, you aren’t going to (expletive) quit in September because your team is out of it. Those kind of people get weeded out way before they get to the big leagues.”Related Articlescenter_img Barría allowed two singles and one walk through the game’s first 18 batters, but in the sixth inning he gave up a single to the 19th and he walked the 20th, so Ausmus pulled him in a scoreless game.“It looked like he hit a wall,” Ausmus said, referring to Barria falling behind 3-0 on the first hitter before allowing the next two to reach.Barria even conceded, though an interpreter, that he “got a little tired at the end.”Right-hander Keynan Middleton retired right-handed Tommy Pham on a long fly ball, but then left-hander Miguel Del Pozo walked left-handed Ji-Man Choi. Right-hander Taylor Cole gave up a three-run double to right-handed Travis d’Arnaud.That was enough to be the difference in the game, as the Angels couldn’t muster much offense without Mike Trout, Justin Upton or Shohei Ohtani. Upton and Ohtani are out for the season, and Trout is still nursing a sore foot. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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