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OC Register: Griffin Canning endures worst start of young career in Angels’ loss


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ARLINGTON, Texas — Griffin Canning, who has been the Angels best starting pitcher to date this season, endured the worst start of his young big league career.

Canning gave up six runs and didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in the Angels’ 9-3 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.

Canning struck out the side in the first inning, but couldn’t make it through another clean inning.

In the second, he got into a bases-loaded jam with no outs, and actually did well to escape with just one run scoring. Kole Calhoun made a diving catch and then Canning struck out the next two hitters.

Canning allowed three straight hitters to reach with two outs in the third, including a Nomar Mazara two-run double. In the third, he hung a changeup that Rougned Odor blasted for a two-run homer, putting the Angels down 5-2.

Canning stuck around long enough to give up one more run before departing.

It was the first of his 12 big league starts in which he didn’t finish the fourth, and the first time he allowed more than four runs.

Canning had a lead before he threw his first pitch, thanks to Mike Trout’s first-inning homer, which was his 25th homer of the season. It was also Trout’s ninth homer this season against the Rangers, which tied the franchise record for homers against one team in a single season. The Angels have six games left against Texas.

Trout had a chance to get the Angels back into the game in the seventh, when he came up with two on a four-run deficit. He hit a flyout to center field. Shohei Ohtani then hit a flyout to right.

By the time the Angels batted again, Odor had put the game out of reach with a 471-foot, three-run homer on a 100-mph fastball from Luis García.

More to come on this story.

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Yeah, I don't think anyone could blame him for being off tonight. Honestly I'm fairly certain the Angels just wanted to get the hell out of Arlington. Aside from the hotel (where they switched) they had essentially been in the same location since Skaggs died. Canning is a great kid with a bright future, he obviously had the weight of the world on his shoulders. 

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