Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros HOUSTON — By the time the Angels’ 11-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Sunday was over, it had become so lopsided that it was easy to forget how well Jaime Barria had pitched or how much a timely hit or two by the Angels early could have changed the game.Instead, it ended up as an embarrassing loss, the third straight against the Astros and sixth in seven games on this two-city trip through Texas.Barría held the Astros to two runs in 5-1/3 innings, but came out of the game trailing 2-1 because the Angels couldn’t convert their opportunities against left-hander Framber Valdez.Valdez walked two of the game’s first three hitters, but then Justin Upton hit into a double play. In the third, the Angels loaded the bases with no outs, but Shohei Ohtani and Upton both struck out and Albert Pujols hit a tapper in front of the mound. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Barría allowed a double to José Altuve to lead off the game, followed by a walk to Michael Brantley, but he minimized the damage and allowed just one run. In the fourth, right fielder Goodwin helped him out by making a perfect throw from the corner to nail Yuli Gurriel at second on a would-be double.“Barria was tough today,” Astros infielder Alex Bregman said. “He threw a lot of sliders and we were able to get to the bullpen a little bit. Give Barria a lot of credit. He was good.”Barría retired six of the final seven hitters he faced before he was pulled at 90 pitches, in the sixth inning. It was the first time since April 16 that Barría had started a game and made it into the sixth inning.“I thought Barría threw the ball well,” Ausmus said. “He did a real nice job using his changeup vs. both lefties and righties, which is something we had been talking about. It was effective.”Added catcher Kevan Smith: “I think he had a better understanding of the game plan and where to attack these guys. I think he had a good understanding of where to locate the fastball, and he just trusted all his off-speed. There were just a couple times where we kind of repeated pitches too many times instead of changing it up, just keeping them a little more off-balance. But he did a great job. It’ll help him build a lot of confidence, and he’s going to take a lot of momentum into his next start.”The game was still 2-1 at the seventh-inning stretch, but then Martín Maldonado hit a two-run homer against Ty Buttrey and the Astros blew the game open with seven runs against Taylor Cole in the eighth.Cole has allowed 33 runs this season, and 20 of them have come in three innings over four outings.Related Articles “Valdez will go through stretches where you think he’s having trouble with his command and trouble throwing strikes; the tough part is when he starts throwing strikes his stuff is good enough to get swings and misses,” Ausmus said. “He’s got a good breaking ball and he can throw up to 95. He went through a stretch where he was having trouble throwing strikes and we load the bases on him, but all of the sudden he’s more around the zone and he can get a swing and miss. That’s kind of what happened.”After that, the Angels didn’t even get a runner into scoring position over Valdez’s final three innings.Their only runs came on solo homers by Andrelton Simmons in the second and Brian Goodwin in the ninth. They had just four hits all afternoon.That was not nearly enough, even though Barría continued his success against the tough Astros lineup. After Sunday’s game, Barria has a 2.39 ERA in 26-1/3 innings against the Astros in five career starts. Barria also gave up one run in five innings against the Dodgers last month.“It gives me a boost of confidence, knowing I’m able to pitch against the top teams, like Houston and the Dodgers,” Barria said through an interpreter. “It gives me a ton of confidence about it.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros
• What: Global “Thrill the World” dance event• When: 7 p.m. Saturday• Where: McKenzie Stadium, 2205 N.E. 138th Ave.• Why: Connect the world/local food driveLocal students will take part in a zombie march — as well as other dance moves — of global proportions at 7 p.m. Saturday in Evergreen’s McKenzie Stadium.Student dancers from Evergreen, Heritage and Union high schools will be part of “Thrill the World,” an event that sets undead toes a-tapping at the same time all around the world to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”The annual worldwide event, which started in 2007, is staged during a weekend near Halloween.The 2009 version of “Thrill the World” drew 22,571 dancers in 264 cities from 33 countries.The event requires more than just random twitching to a Michael Jackson tune, however. There are specific moves.“The choreography was broken down into simplified parts for everyone to learn,” said Heritage dance teacher Kimberleigh Anderson, who taught the moves to 200 of her students.Heritage dancers offered a sneak peek Friday with a “flash mob” dance — an unannounced performance of the routine — in the school dining area during lunch.Kristen Edmiaston taught the routine to her students at Evergreen and Leslie Robb taught the moves — including “zombie march,” “stomp” and “oh snap, rock on” — to her dance classes at Union.