This was just what the Angels needed, a bad team to roll into town. And not only did the hitters do their job, but the pitchers also had some quality starts in the two game sweep.
In the 9-1 win yesterday, John Lackey got it done pretty nicely on the mound. He gave up a single run on seven hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings to improve to 3-2. Gary Matthews, Jr., Garrett Anderson and Shea Hillenbrand all drove in two runs while Erick Aybar scored twice.
The today Bartolo Colon struck out eleven in seven solid innings to improve to 2-0. Gary Matthews, Jr. went three for five with two runs and an RBI while Vlad Guerrero went yard with a two run shot in the 11-3 win.
So the Angels sit a game ahead of the A’s and they jump on a plane and head to Chicago for three against the White Sox. This should be a tough series and it was only two years ago that these two teams faced off in the ALCS. Hopefully the result is different then what happened then though.
John Lackey has started his own blog. Be sure to stop by and check it out.
The Angels split what turned out to be a crazy two game series with the Tigers and at the end of it all, the Angels are still .500 at 10-10. Jered Weaver was pummelled in the first game and this one was over pretty quickly. Weaver dropped to 0-2 and he gave up seven runs in 1 2/3 innings. Gary Matthews, Jr. finished with two hits including a homerun and two RBIs in the 9-5 loss.
Then it looked like the Angels were going to turn the tables this afternoon and they scored seven runs in the first three innings. Then a run here and three runs there shaved the lead down to one until a two run homer off of K-Rod actually gave the Tigers an 8-7 lead in the ninth. The Vlad Guerrero scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to tie it and then Erick Aybar drove in the winning run on a fielders choice in the tenth.
Dustin Mosely got only one batter out, but he picked up the win because it was the last batter in the tenth. Orlando Cabrera and Vlad Guerrero each had three hits, two runs and two RBIs in the 9-8 win.
Next up is three against the Devil Rays, who are taking it to the Yankees as we speak. John Lackey gets the start in the opener tomorrow and then Bartolo Colon throws on Thursday. I like our chances in each of these games.
The Angels pushed themselves back up to .500 and a tie for first place with three straight wins over the Mariners. It helped that we got back Vlad Guerrero and he did his thing but the AL West is definitely an unusual place. The Mariners were in first earlier in the week and now they’re in last and with no teams over .500, you have just a two team seperation between first and last place.
The Angels got their share of offense in all three games but Friday’s was the highest scoring. Vlad Guerrero made his return and he went three for five with a homerun. Mike Napoli also hit a homerun and Garrett Anderson went two for four with an RBI and three runs in the 8-4 win. Joe Saunders picked up the win and he improved to 2-0. He gave up seven hits and two runs in six shutout innings.
Saturday’s game was the closest and it was also the return of Bartolo Colon. He gave up just one run on seven hits with one strikeouts in seven solid innings. The pen gave up five runs, which was a bit disconcerting but they didn’t blow the lead. Vlad Guerrero hit homerun number five and he drove in two runs in the 7-6 win.
Ervin Santana got it done yesterday to finish up the sweep. He gave up one run on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven solid innings and he improved to 2-2 on the season. Vlad Guerrero picked up two more hits and he scored and drove in one while Garrett Anderson drove in two in the 6-1 win.
The Tigers come to town for two games with the first one being tonight. Jered Weaver will face Mike Maroth in the opener. I like our chances in that one.
Talk about a sinking ship. The Angels have lost their last six games and they’ve now sunk to last place (at least before some of tonight’s finishes) in the NL West. They’ve done it with some pretty poor hitting and it’s not surprising as both Vlad Guerrero and now Howie Kendrick are hurt. Vlad of course got nailed on the hand on Monday by Josh Beckett and now Howie Kendrick has an injured hand and is going to hit the disabled list. Not good at all.
The Angels scored their lone run of the series on Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to the A’s. Maicer Izturis doubled home Reggie Willits and that was it. Jered Weaver made his season debut and while he wasn’t horrible, he wasn’t perfect either so he took the loss. He gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
This afternoon, John Lackey threw a decent game but the hitting was even worse as the Angels were shutout on five hits. Lackey gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. Orlando Cabrera was the only Angel with two hits in the game.
Next up is three against the Mariners beginning tomorrow. Saturday’s game will be particularly interesting because Bartolo Colon will make his season debut after starting the season on the DL. We’d need to win all three just to get back to .500 and that’s the goal right now.
I’m not going to say too much because this series with the Red Sox was pretty disappointing. After the hot start, the Angels are now 6-7 and they lost by a combined score of 25-3 in the three game series. The only good news is, the Angels aren’t in last because just about everyone else in the west is stinking it up outside of the Mariners.
Next up is two against the A’s. The time to turn it around is now.
The good news is, the Angels will have at least a share of first place no matter what happens tonight. The bad news is, the Angels dropped their first series of the season at the hands of the Indians. And in Milwaukee no less. The Indians had an entire series snowed out against the Mariners and they decided to play in more snow in Milwaukee. Okay, it was just snowing outside because Miller Park has a retractable roof.
In Monday’s game, the Angels ran into C.C. Sabathia. Once he left, the Angels mounted a comeback that fell just short and they lost 7-6. Ervin Santana was hit hard and he dropped to 1-1. He gave up six runs on seven hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Maicer Izturis drove in three runs and Garrett Anderson had three hits in the loss.
Joe Saunders got it done yesterday. He gave up just a single run on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Gary Matthews, Jr. had a nice game in the 4-1 win. He went two for five and he scored twice.
Then the Angels blew today’s game. They had a 2-1 lead in the eighth and then Travis Hafner hit a three run homerun off of Scott Shields as the Angels lost 4-2. A nice start by Dustin Moseley went to waste and he gave up just one run in six innings. Orlando Cabrera scored both Angels’ runs and he had three hits.
Next up is a four game wrap around series against the Red Sox at Fenway. Boston is never a fun place to play and with this offense, I’d be pretty happy with a 2-2 split. I like our chances with Lackey in tomorrows game but after that, it looks pretty dicey.
The Angels and Athletics played a four game series and there was a ton of good pitching in this one. In all four games, the loser scored no more then three runs and in three of them, the loser scored two or less.
Oakland drew first blood on Thursday as Mike Piazza hit a solo homerun in the ninth off of Francisco Rodriguez in his first loss of the season. Joe Saunders gave up nine hits but he gave up just three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Vlad Guerrero hit homerun number two and Garrett Anderson hit his first in the 4-3 loss.
On Friday, Dustin Moseley got it done. He gave up just one run on five hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work. K-Rod closed it out and picked up the save and Vlad Guerrero hit a three run homerun. Howie Kendrick also went yard with a solo shot in the 5-2 win.
It was John Lackey’s turn on Saturday. He gave up just a single run on seven hits in seven innings. Vlad Guerrero had two hits and he drove in his tenth run in the 2-1 win.
The Angels couldn’t drive the nail in the A’s coffin though and they lost a 2-1 game yesterday. Kelvim Escobar had a nice start go to waste and the only run for the Angels came in the sixth when Macier Izturis singled home Garrett Anderson.
The Angels have the day off today and then they take on the Indians in Cleveland for a three game series.
Three games, three wins. You can’t ask for much better then this as the pitching has been there and hitting has been timely enough. Today, it was Ervin Santana who got it done. He gave up just two runs on four hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings of work. K-Rod gave up a run in the ninth, but he still picked up his second save of the season.
On offense, four of the five Angels’ runs came in the first inning. Garrett Anderson led the way with two hits, an RBI and two runs while Casey Kotchman had another nice game with two hits and an RBI.
Next up is a four game set against the Athletics and at the very least, we’ll have a two game lead going into that game. It sure would be nice to take three of four and maybe put some early distance between the Angels and the A’s.
The Angels made it two straight last night with another win over the Rangers. This time, it was Kelvim Escobar who got it done on the mound. He gave up three runs (two earned) on only three hits but he walked five with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Scott Shields closed the game with two scoreless frames and he struck out two.
Vladimir Guerrero had a monster game at the plate. He was a perfect four for four with one homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Gary Matthews, Jr. and Orlando Cabrera each had two hits and two runs while Howie Kendrick had two hits and an RBI.
Ervin Santana can secure the sweep this afternoon. It sure would be nice to have a 3-0 record heading into that four game series with the Athletics.
The Angels got some timely hitting and then a solid start from John Lackey last night to walk away with a 4-1 win. Casey Kotchman had two hits including a solo homerun and Vlad Guerrero doubled home a run.
Lackey threw a lot of pitches in five innings (96) but he got the job done and the new and improved pen did their job. Lackey struck out five and gave up a single run on four hits and four walks. He also benefited from some solid defense out in centerfield by Gary Matthews, Jr.
The rematch is tonight. Kelvim Escobar gets the ball for the Angels and he’ll face Vincente Padilla. Maybe we can get the bats going a bit and give Escobar a nice lead so we can walk away with a second quick win.
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