Nickelback can’t save Angels from 14th loss in a row

Nickelback can’t save Angels from 14th loss in a row

Nickelback can’t save Angels from 14th loss in a row

When the Los Angeles Angels set a new franchise record for futility, Nickelback provided the soundtrack.

In an effort to break the tension of their epic losing streak on Wednesday night, the Halos sent all nine batters to the record on songs by the much-maligned Canadian rock band.

These Angels can only wish they had as many big hits as Nickelback.

Los Angeles’ losing streak reached a team-record 14 games when Bobby Dalbec drove in the lone run with a double in the sixth inning for the Boston Red Sox in a 1-0 win.

“It’s a broken record,” said Angels interim manager Phil Nevin. “We keep saying it. The stakes are good. These guys really want to win a game now and we know what it will mean for us if we do.”

Nevin said the Nickelback serenade wasn’t his idea, but he wasn’t mad.

“I like it,” Nevin said. “I love Nickelback. The whole game I have songs in my head that I can’t stop singing.”

Angels starter Reid Detmers said the plan “definitely freaked us out a bit, but that’s just to keep us loose, have fun.”

The fun idea didn’t equate to success for the Angels.

Nathan Eovaldi (4-2) threw five innings of a six-hit ball with five strikeouts in Boston’s season-high seventh straight win. With their second 1-0 win in three days at the Big A, the Red Sox stayed perfectly in June and on their 10-game West Coast trip (6-0).

With another lifeless offensive performance and pitching just good enough to lose, the Angels dropped to 0-2 under Nevin, who replaced Joe Maddon on Tuesday. The Halo’s mind-boggling slip now exceeds the previous team record in the last 12 games of 1988 and the 1989 season opener.

“Every loss is the same,” said rookie Detmers, who threw triples in the fifth inning. “Obviously smaller losses, they could be a little harder, but they all hurt. We’re moving in the right direction. Clubhouse is good.”

Los Angeles was 24-13 and was in first place in the AL West on May 15, but the Angels have since gone 3-18 with a simultaneous collapse of their injury-plagued lineup and their consistently poor pitching staff.

The Halos gave up seven basehits, but were eliminated at the plate for the third time in six games despite their imaginative guidance. The mellow night came as no surprise with a six-back lineup, largely due to injuries. Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as the leadoff hitter of Los Angeles.

“Have had some great pitching performances,” said Nevin. “Offensively, we just didn’t get enough guys early.”

Matt Strahm retired the side before his third save, delivering a great performance from five pitchers who didn’t walk in Boston’s third shutout win in five games.

“Another good one for them,” Boston manager Alex Cora said of his bullpen. “They’ve been throwing the ball well for a while.”

Boston didn’t have to take on Mike Trout, who didn’t play Tuesday night after straining his groin. The Angels are not worried about the extended absence of their three-time AL MVP, who trained extensively before the game.

But the Halo’s lineup has been exhausted by the simultaneous absences of Trout, Taylor Ward, Anthony Rendon and David Fletcher due to injuries. Luis Rengifo was also on the paternity list before the competition.

Detmers had his second straight start without conceding a point. The rookie got out after Christian Arroyo’s one-out double in the fifth Jackie Bradley Jr. into third place, but reliever Archie Bradley escaped the jam.

Boston rallied in the sixth when Alex Verdugo walked with two outs to Jimmy Herget (1-1) and promptly scored on a double into the right corner of the field by Dalbec, who also drove in two runs on Tuesday-evening.

Reporting by Associated Press.

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