The Angels rolled out the red carpet for this series, as they wanted to welcome back former bench coach Joe Maddon in typical Angel fashion. And they did just that, completing a three game sweep of the Rays. The day was highlighted by the major league debut of Trevor Bell. Bell, who wasn’t particularly great nor particularly bad, gave what was expected of him and of someone making their big league debut. The righty went 5 1/3 allowing 4 runs on 9 hits. Carlos Pena proved to be the biggest thorn in Bell’s side, hitting 2 home runs off of him.
Offensively, the Angels again, just kept throwing runs on the board. Gary Matthews Jr hit a three run home run in the 6th and Howie Kendrick added a three run blast of his own an inning later. Chone Figgins led the attack with 3 hits, and was followed by Erick Aybar, Kendry Morales, Mike Napoli and Howie Kendrick who all had two hits apiece.
The Angels wrapped up the homestand going 4-2, and have now won 3 games in a row. Hopefully come this weekend, Torii Hunter will rejoin the team.
The Angels are off tomorrow, as they travel to Baltimore to being a crucial 10 game road trip against the Orioles, Indians and Blue Jays.
Over the next week I will be doing a little road tripping with the family, I will do my best to throw a couple of blogs out there but should be back to normal in a week.
Until next time Angel fans
John Lackey did more than just handcuff the Orioles for 8 sparkling innings Thursday night as the Angels beat the Orioles 5-2 in front of a packed house at Angel Stadium. You see, Lackey did exactly what was expected from the club’s ace as the Halos began a crucial ten game homestand. He did everything except personally wiping the beer driblets from Arte Moreno’s mustache.
Lackey, scattered four hits, allowing 2 runs, while striking out 7, got great defensive help and timely hitting, courtesy of Bobby Abreu’s 14th career multi home run game (and first as a Halo) and knocked in four runs. Brian Fuentes picked up his big league leading 23rd save, and might I add, is starting to instill a little confidence from the Angels faithful after a handful of blown saves earlier this year.
The game started out as advertised, a battle of staff aces as both Lackey and Jeremy Guthrie of the Oriole’s were superb early on. However, in the Angels half of the fifth, Guthrie was touched by Abreu for his second home run of the game, this one, of the three run variety, put the Angels up 5-1 and ahead to stay. Chone Figgins, as usual, sparked the Angels lineup, going 3-4.
On Friday night, Ervin Santana makes his much awaited return after not having pitched since mid June, and you can bet that the Angels brass will be paying special attention. The Angels chances of going beyond the first round rest heavily on the right handers ability to be healthy and resemble last year’s form.
Until next time Angel fans