11:06 AM ET 06.02 | It would have been a gutsy move, one many fans would have applauded but would have risked ruffling the feathers of right fielder Josh Hamilton, the 2010 American League most valuable player and five-time All-Star. With the Angels trailing, 6-3, runners on first and third and two outs in the eighth inning Friday night, Houston Manager Bo Porter summoned left-hander Travis Blackley to face Hamilton, the potential tying run. Hamilton is struggling -- he entered Saturday with a .220 average, eight homers, 18 runs batted in and 58 strikeouts -- but he's been even more impotent against lefties, with a .169 average, no homers, two RBIs and 24 strikeouts in 59 at-bats. On the bench was right-handed-hitting Albert Pujols, who was not in the lineup because Manager Mike Scioscia wanted to give the slugger, who has been slowed by plantar fasciitis in his left foot and a sore right knee, a night off to recharge. When Hamilton is right -- as he was for much of 2012, a season in which he hit .285 with 43 homers and 128 RBIs for the Texas Rangers -- he's a player you'd never pinch-hit for. But considering Hamilton's struggles this season, especially against lefties, did Scioscia consider hitting Pujols for Hamilton, a move that would have involved players with a combined annual average income of $49 million? "No," Scioscia said. "Albert was off, completely. He needed a day. If we were really comfortable with Albert playing, he would have started." The Hamilton at-bat lasted all of two pitches, with Hamilton popping out to third to end the Angels' last threat in an eventual 6-3 loss to the Astros.