Slump drops Angels to fifth place in AL wild-card race

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

The Los Angeles Angels' downward spiral that began with two blown leads on a late night in Texas has picked up speed.
The Angels have now lost nine of 12 in August beginning with the second game of a four-game series in Texas in which they held leads in the ninth and 10th innings, only to lose. With Monday's 6-2 setback against the Cleveland Indians, the Angels are eight games back in the AL West and fifth among the five teams with winning records that are in contention for an AL wild-card spot.
"It's been rough, you know," left-hander C.J. Wilson said after Monday's loss. "Our thought process is that it's going to turn around -- this game, this inning, this at-bat -- and we just haven't been coming through. It's real cut and dried. We had opportunities these games.
"We have a real positive attitude. That's why I think we have good team chemistry. It's just slipping through our fingers a little bit, and that's frustrating. We've had opportunities, you know what I mean? These games have been there to win, but we haven't closed the deal on offense, defense or pitching on any given night."
Pitching has been the primary culprit recently. However, the offense was shut out into the eighth inning Monday and has scored just seven runs in the current three-game losing streak after averaging seven runs over the previous 11 games.
"We just need to continue to push and remember that we're a pretty good ballclub," first baseman Albert Pujols said. "Every ballclub goes through this. I mean, Texas just went through this, Oakland -- everybody. Everybody has to go through this for you to be a championship ballclub.
"We know that there's no time to panic or anything. There's still a lot of baseball left."

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