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May 31, 2008

Angels Drop Opener to Jays

by @ 11:22 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Jered Weaver failed to get his third consecutive win as the Angels fell to the Blue Jays, 4-10.

The offense got a familiar bat back in the lineup on Friday with the return of second baseman Howie Kendrick. Kendrick was placed in the seventh slot and went hitless but got an RBI off a sacfly in his first game after missing the past 46. His activation allowed for Chone Figgins to rejoin the DL. Figgins is eligble to return next week but will make a few rehab starts before then.

The Angel offense was held to just seven hits, with five coming off the bats of Torii Hunter and Casey Kotchman. Vlad was back in the lineup but went 0 for 4 with 3 K’s. The Angels tied it at 1-1 in the second when Kendrick hit the sacfly to score Hunter from third. They added one run in each the third and fourth innings when a throwing error in the third allowed Macier Izturis to score and Hunter scored again in the fourth when Kotchman singled him in. Kotchman had another RBI-single in the sixth to give the Angels four total but at that point they were already down 4-7.

Jered Weaver was tagged for his sixth loss after giving up six runs on ten hits. He was pulled in the fifth after giving up three consecutive singles to what became a four-run inning for the Jays. Dustin Oliver then came in and fanned Matt Staits before allowing an RBI single to Lyle Overbay. Oliver escaped the inning and also pitched the sixth before making way for Justin Speier. Overbay went deep off Speier in the seventh after he homered off Weaver earlier in the second. Chris Bootcheck also threw two innings and gave the Jays two more runs.

The Angels remain 2 1/2 above the A’s and send John Lackey to the mound to snap their small two-game losing skid. On May 20, Lackey got his first win of the season against the Jays after giving up just one run off a leadoff homerun in seven innings of work. Lackey stands at 3-2 lifetime against the Jays and will face Shaun Marcum. Marcum is 5-3 with a 2.64 ERA this season and 2-1 lifetime against the Angels.

May 30, 2008

Angels Open Series with Blue Jays

by @ 8:43 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels open a three-game series with the Jays at home tonight, who stand 3 games behind in the AL East and have won seven of their last eight.

The Angels will send Jered Weaver to the mound after coming off his best outing of the season, giving up no runs in eight innings to shut out the White Sox. Weaver looks for a win to even his record at 5-5 and will face Dustin McGowan, who stands at 3-4 with a 3.90 ERA. McGowan is 0-3 lifetime against the Angels, including a loss to them on May 20th.

The Angel bats have been nearly silent in the last couple weeks, but the team has still managed to win the past four consecutive series. They have won seven of their last ten, with the help of the pitchers who have allowed just 22 runs in those ten games. The Jays’ two wins over the A’s have helped to keep the Angels 2 1/5 above the A’s for the division.

May 29, 2008

It’s Official: Angels Will Host 2010 ASG

by @ 7:25 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

On Wednesday, Bud Selig finally and officially announced that the Angels will host the 2010 All-Star Game at Angel Stadium.

The year 2010 will also highlight the Angel organization’s 50th anniversary and the 45th year playing at Angel Stadium.

The All-Star Game is the 81st of MLB and will be the third held in Anaheim. The previous two came in 1967 and 1989. 2010′s will be held on July 13th.

As for the 2008 ASG in New York, the only Angel leading the ballots is Vlad, who stands at third for an outfield position. The Yankees, Red Sox, and Tigers seem to be dominating the ballot as of now, but voting is open until July 2.

Angels Fail to Complete Sweep

by @ 7:14 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels nabbed the first two from the Tigers but took a 2-6 loss in the final game of the series.

The Angel offense was held to just four hits and two runs on the night, with the two runs coming in a bottom-of-the-ninth rally attempt. Tigers rookie Armando Galarraga silented the Angels’ bats for his 8 1/3 innings of work. The only runs came in the ninth when the Angels attempted to rally for a big come-from-behind win, but could only produce two runs off Macier Izturis’ two-run shot. Vlad also sat out his second game in the last four.

Joe Saunders failed to get his ninth win of the season after giving up five runs on seven hits through five innings. Five hits and three runs came in the first inning alone. Four of the runs came off the bat of Marcus Thames, who had two two-run homeruns, in the first and then the fifth. Justin Speier pitched the sixth and seventh innings, giving up two hits and another run. Bootcheck and Oliver then finished off with a scoreless inning apiece.

The loss highlights the troubled Angel offense. In their last nine, they are batting just .179 as a team. They have been shut down in 53 of their last 60 innings, but have still won four of their last six with great thanks to the pitching staff. They remain 2 1/5 above the A’s and have tonight off before hosting the Jays tomorrow.

May 28, 2008

Angels Come Out On Top Again in Pitchers’ Duel

by @ 9:04 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Ervin Santana and Jeremy Bonderman went nearly pitch-for-pitch in last night’s game, but a Gary Matthews Jr. walk off RBI single in the ninth was the difference for the win.

Tigers starter Bonderman didn’t allow an Angel hit until the fifth and kept them scoreless through seven. The Angels tied it at 2-2 in the eighth when Reggie Willits led off with a pinch hit single. Sean Rodriguez then moved Willits over to second with a single before Macier Izturis sacrificed them over to third and second. A wild pitch allowed Willits to score before Garret Anderson had an RBI-single to score Rodriguez. Rodriquez also scored the winning run in the ninth after he and Izturis both walked and Matthews Jr. singled him home for the win.

Ervin Santana came out on top with his seventh win after yielding just two runs on three hits with no walks and seven K’s. His only mistake was a two-run shot to Miguel Cabrera in the second, but regained control to allow himself a three-hit complete game win, with 80 of his 113 pitches called for strikes.

The Angel offense is batting just .183 in their past eight games, but have still managed to get six wins with the help of the starters.

The Angels will go for the sweep tonight at 7:05. Joe Saunders will face rookie Armando Galarraga. Saunders will go for his ninth win to lead the AL and looks to improve his second-best ERA in the AL, which stands at 2.31. Galarraga stands at 3-2, and earned the no-decision earlier this season against the Angels after giving up one earned run through six in Detroit.

May 27, 2008

Angels Win Pitchers Duel in 12th

by @ 7:53 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels and Tigers were scoreless until the bottom of the 12th when Garrett Anderson walked to score Macier Izturis for the 1-0 win.

The Angel offense produced nine hits on the game, but went 0 for 12 with RISP and left 15 men on base. In the bottom of the 12th, Izturis singled and was moved to third by Vlad’s single, his third hit of the night. Torii Hunter was intentionally walked to load the bases for Anderson. Anderson walked on four pitches from Tiger reliever Bobby Seay to allow Izturis to score the lone but winning run.

Jon Garland couldn’t have had a better game. He went 7 1/3, giving up just four hits, with five strikeouts, and no runs. Scot Shields came in to finish off the eighth to leave a Tigers baserunner on third and then pitched a hitless ninth. K-Rod came in for a scoreless ninth before Jose Arrendondo pitched two hitless, scoreless innings to earn his first major league victory.

Ervin Santana will take the mound tonight against Jeremy Bonderman. Santana will look for his seventh win, his first since May 5th. Back in April, Santana earned a victory against the Tigers, giving up 3 runs in 6 1/3. Bonderman stands at 3-4 and is 3-3 lifetime against the Angels.

The Angels have won seven of their last ten, but have learned of some bad news: Chone Figgins may be returning to the DL. He has played just one game since coming off the DL for his strained hamstring, but may be placed back on and would be retroactive to last week to allow for a possible June 6th date of return.

May 26, 2008

Quentin’s Walk Off Gives Lackey, Angels a Loss

by @ 4:15 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

John Lackey allowed two homeruns to Carlos Quentin in his eight-plus innings of work to take a 3-2 loss to miss out on the sweep.

The Angels were held to three hits by White Sox starter Jose Contreras who threw eight but took the no-decision. The only runs came in the fourth to tie it at 2-2 when Macier Izturis singled for the first hit of the game and Gary Matthews, Jr. drove him home with a blast to right-center. The only other Angel hit was a Garret Anderson double in the seventh. Contreras got the Angels for 10 K’s.

John Lackey went into the ninth with a 2-2 tie but gave up a leadoff homer to Quentin to take his first loss. Lackey had given up another homer to Quentin, a two-run homerun in the third.

The Angels head back home after going 4-2 on this roadtrip despite a .166 team batting average for the six games. They will host the Tigers beginning tonight at 6:05. Jon Garland will take the mound and go for his sixth win. Garland is 13-6 lifetime against the Tigers. He will face lefty veteran Kenny Rogers, who has an even 4-4 record with an elevated 6.66 ERA. Rogers didn’t pitch when the Angels and Tigers met in April in Detroit when the Angels took two of three from the Tigers.

May 25, 2008

Weaver Leads Angels Past White Sox

by @ 6:59 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels took their second straight from the White Sox with the help of starter Jered Weaver to take a 2-0 win.

Both teams were held scoreless until the sixth when Vlad led off with a solo homerun off Sox starter John Danks’ first pitch. Torii Hunter then doubled and scored off Casey Kotchman’s RBI-single. Hunter, Kotchman, and Gary Matthews, Jr. each had two hits for the game. Matthews also backed up the Angel pitchers with a few outstanding defenseive plays, including a diving catch for the final out in the ninth inning.

The player of the game, though, was Weaver. He held the Sox to three hits through eight scoreless innings with six K’s. Weaver moves to 3-0 with a microscopic 0.34 ERA in four starts against the White Sox. Weaver retired the last 11 batters he faced before giving way to K-Rod for the ninth. K-Rod pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 21st save.

The Angels came to Chicago with the White Sox on an eight-game win streak, but will look Sunday to complete the sweep of the Sox to make it their seventh win in the last nine. John Lackey will take the mound for his third start of the season and go for his second win. Lackey is 3-4 lifetime against the White Sox, 2-2 at US Cellular. The Angels will face Jose Contreras, who stands at 5-3. Lackey and Contreras met last week in Lackey’s season debut, with Lackey earning the no decision after giving up one run and Contreras taking the win to start his current three-game win streak.

May 24, 2008

Angels End White Sox Win Streak

by @ 12:41 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels beat the White Sox in Chicago last night to snap their eight-game win streak and to give the Angels their fourth win in the last five.

The Angels were held to three runs on three hits, but that’s all the offense needed to take the 3-1 win. All runs came in the fifth, lead by a Torii Hunter solo shot for the Angels first hit of the night. Robb Quinlan singled and then scored along with Mike Napoli, when White Sox pitcher Gavin Floyd hit two men to force Quinlan and Napoli home.

Joe Saunders was just two outs away from a complete game, but left with one out in the ninth, his longest career outing, to earn his eighth win to tie Dice-K for the most in the AL. He now also sports the AL’s third best ERAat 2.31. Saunders quickly recovered from the flu to hold the Sox to one run on three hits. K-Rod came on in the ninth and allowed an RBI-single to Jermaine Dye for the Sox only run of the game. He then fanned Jim Thome and Joe Crede to end the game and give him his 20th save.

The two teams go again today at 1pm. Jered Weaver has rejoined the team and will take the mound after skipping out on Toronto’s trip for a stomach blockage. He will face lefty John Danks, who stands at 3-3. Danks faced the Angels in Anaheim last Tuesday, and earned the no decision after pitching a scoreless 6 2/3.

May 23, 2008

Angels-White Sox Preview

by @ 9:48 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels continue their road trip to Chicago to face the White Sox, who lead the AL Central. The Angels took two of four when they hosted the Sox last week, dropping the final game of the series to start the Sox on their current eight-game win streak.

Joe Saunders will make the start after being scratched from last night’s start because of the flu. He will go for his eighth win, which would tie him with Dice-K for the most victories in the AL. The Sox will start Gavin Floyd, who stands at 4-2 with a 2.92 ERA. The Angels didn’t see Floyd in last week’s series against the Sox, and he will make his first career start against the Angels.

Chone Figgins returned from the DL Wednesday but sat yesterday because the turf at Rogers Centre would be too harsh on his hamstring that is still less than 100%. It will be a game-time decision tonight on whether he starts or not.

It has also just been revealed that the Angels will host the 2010 All-Star Game. The last time the Angels hosted the All-Star Game was in 1989 at Anaheim Stadium and banked the fourth-largest All-Star Game crowd. Bud Selig is expected to make an official announcement next week.

Angels Fall Short of Sweep

by @ 9:32 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels took a 4-3 loss from the Jays to lose the sweep in Toronto, but have still won 2 out of 3 for the road trip before as they head to Chicago.

The Jays scored first for three runs and the Angels tied it up with two in the fifth and one in the sixth. Casey Kotchman singled in the fifth, moved to second when Jeff Mathis was hit by a pitch, and scored when Sean Rodriguez doubled him in for his first MLB RBI. Rodriguez then scored when Macier Izturis doubled. The Angels added one in the sixth off a Mathis RBI-single to tie it at 3. Kotchman and Garret Anderson each went 2 for 4, with Kotchman moving his road average to .352 to lead the AL.

Ervin Santana got his second loss after giving up a go-ahead solo homerun to Lyle Overbay in the sixth. Santana had given up two in the third and one in the fourth, but kept the Jays at three when he escaped a one-out bases loaded jam in the fourth. The difference was the two-strike homerun to Overbay to give Santana the loss.

The Angels still remain 2 1/2 games above the A’s in the division.

May 22, 2008

Angels Go For Sweep of Jays

by @ 9:57 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels will get the sweep with a win today against the Jays as they send Ervin Santana to the mound.

Joe Saunders comes before Santana in the rotation and was scheduled to pitch today, but Saunders has been struggling with the flu so Santana is moved up to make the start. Santana ended his perfect 6-0 record in his last outing against the Dodgers, where he was tagged for four runs through six, but still sports a nice 2.97 ERA. The Angels will face A.J. Burnett, who stands at 4-4 with a 4.71 ERA.

An Angels victory would complete their first sweep of the Jays in Toronto since July of 2004. A win would also set them at a four-game winning streak before heading into Chicago to face the White Sox this weekend.

May 21, 2008

Vlad’s Two Homers Lead Angels Past Jays

by @ 9:33 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

All the Angels needed was Vladimir Guerrero’s bat to beat the Jays 4-3, with all four runs being driven in by Vlad and his two homeruns, his 34th multi-homerun game in his career.

Vlad got his bat started in the first with a two-out solo homerun. The Jays tied it in the bottom half but the Angels took the lead by adding three runs in the fourth, again all from Vlad’s three-run homerun. The Angels managed four runs off just four hits, Vlad’s two homeruns and singles by Garrett Anderson and Chone Figgins.

Jon Garland earned his fifth win of the season, going six innings and giving up three runs on eight hits. Jose Arrendondo and Scot Shields then each pitched an inning to earn holds. K-Rod walked one in the ninth but got three outs, with the help of Anderson’s glove to steal an extra-base hit with the tying run on, to earn his nineteenth save.

Today’s game signaled the return of Figgins who was just activated from the DL. Figgins returns to the team as Erick Aybar is now sent to the 15-day DL for a dislocated pinky that occured in yesterday’s game when he tried to make a diving stop at short. Depending on how fast he heals, Aybar could be out for up to a month. This means that Macier Izturis will shift to short and Sean Rodriguez will likely become the everyday secondbaseman until Aybar returns, as Howie Kendrick still has a question mark next to his name for a date of return.

May 20, 2008

Lackey Leads Angels to Win Over Jays

by @ 10:55 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels took their first from the Jays with a 3-1 win on Tuesday.

The offense scored one in the first to take the lead early on when Macier Izturis got on after a Jays error and scored when Vlad singled him in. Izturis also moved to shortstop in the first to replace Erick Aybar, who seems to have dislocated his pinky after diving for a grounder off the bat of Alex Rios in the first. The injury could land Aybar on the 15-day DL . After being down 1-0, the Jays tied it in the bottom half  of the first, but the Angels took the lead again and for good in the third when Torii Hunter scored off a Casey Kotchman double. Gary Matthews Jr., scored the third run in the seventh after tripling and being driven in by a sacfly by Vlad.

John Lackey made one mistake in his seven innings- a leadoff homerun to Brad Wilkerson in the first. Lackey shook that off to keep the Jays scoreless for his remaining seven innings of work, and ended up with six K’s. The win is Lackey’s first of the season after getting the no-decision in his last outing. Scot Shields pitched the eighth to earn the hold after loading the bases and K-Rod earned his eighteenth save, though after a shaky ninth inning, giving up three walks to load the bases with one out. K-Rod induced a popout and got Alex Rios to strike out to end the game and seal the 3-1 victory.

The Angels look to steal two straight from the Jays, with Jon Garland facing Shaun Marcum. Garland is now 4-3 and 5-0 lifetime at Rogers Centre. Marcum also stands at four wins with a 2.50 ERA. With the bad news of Aybar being potentially headed to the DL, Chone Figgins could be activated and ready to play for Wednesday’s game. Figgins would regain his home leadoff spot and his position at third would allow Izturis to fill in for Aybar at short if he does go on the DL.

May 19, 2008

Angels-Jays Preview

by @ 6:06 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels head out to Toronto and open a three game series with the Blue Jays beginning Tuesday at 4pm.

The Angels have won their last two series against the White Sox and Dodgers after they were swept in Tampa Bay last week. The Angels have dropped the last eight series against the Jays, who stand at .500.

John Lackey will make the start on Tuesday, his second of the season. He earned the no-decision in his first start of the year, giving up just one run through seven. The Angels skip out on facing Jays ace Roy Halladay, who was scratched for the start after being used in relief on Sunday. Instead, Dustin McGowan will make the start, who stands at 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA.

Chone Figgins and Howie Kendrick will both make the road trip with the Angels this week. Figgins will then likely skip a rehab assignment and at best will be activated to play by the end of this week.

Napoli leads Angels Past Dodgers

by @ 8:31 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels took another Freeway Series from the Dodgers by beating them 10-2 with the help of Mike Napoli and Jered Weaver.

The offense exploded for four runs in the fourth, scoring one after the Dodgers made an error and then Napoli driving a three-run shot to left. Napoli added another homerun in the sixth, and ended up 3 for 4 with a career-high 5 RBI on the night. Macier Izturis and Casey Kotchman also had three-hit games, and Torri Hunter had two with two RBI.

Jered Weaver earned his third win after giving up just two runs on five hits through 5 1/3. He only struggled through one inning, in the fourth when he faced seven Dodger batters and allowed Jeff Kent to get a 2-RBI single. That rough inning along with the heat prompted Weaver to leave earlier in the sixth. Jose Arrendondo, Justin Speier, and Chris Bootcheck combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings to hold the Dodgers at two runs and give the Angels the victory.

The win is the Angels’ ninth in the past eleven against the Dodgers in Interleague Play. The Angels are off on Monday before heading out to Toronto.

May 18, 2008

Dodgers Steal One Back From Angels

by @ 10:46 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Dodgers beat the Angels last night by a score of 6-3 to split the series at one game each.

The Angels matched the Dodgers’ eight hits, three by Garret Anderson, but could only come up with three runs. Two came in the fourth when Vlad was hit by a pitch and Anderson singled him over to third. Vlad then scored on an error and Anderson eventually scored when Macier Izturis grounded out. That same inning, the bases were loaded for Erick Aybar, but Dodgers starter Chan Ho Park got him to ground out to end the Angel threat. The Angels were then shut down until the bottom of the ninth, where they were down 6-2. Juan Rivera got a pinch-hit double and scored off an Aybar RBI-single, but the rallying ended there.

Ervin Santana earned his first loss of the season and is unable to join teammate Joe Saunder in the seven-win club. Santana gave up four runs on five hits through six. He allowed a two-run homerun to Blake DeWitt in the second and gave up two more runs in the third. Darren Oliver allowed another run to score in the seventh and Chris Bootcheck another in the eighth to make it a 6-3 Dodger victory.

The Angel loss is just their second in eleven game against the Dodgers at home. They will look to win the series today at 12:35pm. Jered Weaver gets the nod to improve his 2-5 record. Weaver is coming off his best outing of the season, giving up just one run through seven against the White Sox, but ended up taking the no-decision. Weaver went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA against the Dodgers last year. The Angels will face Derek Lowe, who will pitch on three days rest in place of Brad Penny. Lowe is 6-5 with a 2.86 ERA lifetime against the Dodgers, with 11 appearances as a starter and 16 as relief.

May 17, 2008

Angels Take First from Cross-Town Rivals

by @ 10:56 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels beat the Dodgers in their first Interleague game of the season by a score of 4-2.

The Angels scored one in the fourth and rallied for two more in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead. Macier Izturis, batting leadoff in place of Chone Figgins, went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored. Izturis singled in the fifth and was moved to third by a Gary Matthew’s Jr. single. Vlad hit a sacfly to score Izturis and Garrett Anderson then had an RBI-single to score Matthews, Jr. The Angels were up 3-2 in the middle of the seventh and added an insurance run when Izturis singled again and advanced to third off two wild pitches before Vlad grounded out to score Izturis.

Joe Saunders earned his seventh win of the season, most in the AL. He kept the Dodgers scoreless through six, with the only mistake coming in the seventh when he gave up a two-run homerun to Andre Ethier. He was pulled in the eighth and recorded just those two runs on five hits. Scot Shields then earned the hold by finishing the eighth before K-Rod earned his MLB-leading seventeenth save by closing out the ninth in 1-2-3 fashion with two strikeouts.

Ervin Santana will start today in hopes of joining Saunders in the seven-victory club. Santana is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA at Angel Stadium this season, and 27-9 with a 3.01 ERA lifetime at home. Santana went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA against the Dodgers in Interleague Play last year, with the loss coming on the road.

The Angels will face veteran righty Chan Ho Park, who is making his first start in over a year. Park has put up a 2.16 ERA in 12 bullpen appearances this season. He is 1-1 with a 12.91 ERA at Angel Stadium.

May 16, 2008

The AL of LA Meets the NL of LA

by @ 9:47 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Interleague Play will begin this weekend across baseball, with the Angels hosting their cross-town National League rivals, the Dodgers, in the “Freeway Series”.

The Dodgers are in second place in the NL West and have won their previous two games after enduring a season-high five-game losing skid. Of course, the Dodgers are now managed by Joe Torre-whom, with the Yankees, the Angels knocked out of the 2002 and 2005 ALDS. The Angels also took 5 of 6 in the Interleague Series with the Dodgers last year.

The Dodgers will start RHP Hirkoi Kuroda, who is 1-2 with a 3.59 ERA. Kuroda will be making just his ninth MLB start, his first against the Angels.

The Angels will start Joe Saunders, who looks for his seventh win after snapping his perfect record in his last outing.

Angels Fall to White Sox in Ninth

by @ 9:17 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

K-Rod and the Angels let a 3-3 tie turn into a 4-3 White Sox win in the ninth in the final game of the series to take a series split with Chicago.

The Angels scored first by rallying for two in the first inning. Macier Izturis and Vlad both singled to allowed Garrett Anderson to to score Izturis and move Vlad to third. Casey Kotchman then doubled to score Vlad. The Sox then took the lead in the next inning with three runs of their own, but the Angels tied it in the seventh when Izturis singled and eventually scored off an error by third baseman Joe Crede. Izturis ended up 2 for 5 with 2 runs on the night after Scioscia moved him to the two-slot behind Reggie Willits, who went 1 for 5 in the leadoff spot.

Former White Sox Jon Garland made it through six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks. He was roughed up for three runs on 40 pitches in the second, but settled for the remaining innings. He left after six trailing 3-2, but earned the no decision after K-Rod allowed the White Sox winning run to score in the ninth. K-Rod allowed a leadoff double before getting two consecutive outs. He was one out away from escaping the inning before allowing an RBI-single to Jim Thome to allow the runner from second, who had moved to third, to score the go-ahead run. The Angels went 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning to take the loss.

The Angels still remain 1/2 game above the A’s in the West.

May 15, 2008

Lackey’s Debut Spoiled By Bullpen in Loss

by @ 10:33 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

John Lackey should’ve earned his first win in his first appearance of the season, giving up just one hit in seven strong innings, but the bullpen allowed the White Sox five runs to take a 6-1 loss.

There isn’t much Angel offense to speak of, as the only run they scored came in the fifth when Mike Napoli hit a sacfly to score Macier Izturis. White Sox starter Jose Contreras held the Angels to four hits and they had just five total on the night.

Lackey yielded just one run on six hits with four strikeouts in his seven innings of work, an impressive start in his first outing this season. He allowed the Sox to rally for three hits and a run in the first, but settled down to shut them out for the next six innings. Scott Shields came in for the eighth inning with a 1-1 tie, but allowed the Sox to run away with the game as he loaded the bases and gave up a grand slam to Carlos Quentin. Shields earned the loss, just his first of the season. Justin Speier came in to relieve Shields in the eighth and Jose Arrendondo made his MLB debut in the ninth, but did so by giving up a homerun to Nick Swisher on his third pitch.

The Angels will try and steal one back from the White Sox tonight at 7:05. Jon Garland will make his first start against his former team, where he spent the previous eight seasons. Garland has given up just one run in his previous 16 innings of work, and will go for his fifth win. The White Sox will start Javier Vazquez, who is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA, and tied for third in the AL with 52 strikeouts.

May 14, 2008

Lackey To Make 2008 Debut

by @ 11:12 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

John Lackey has been activated for tonight’s game to make his first start of the season after being out for a strained triceps. The addition of Lackey forced Kendry Morales to be optioned to Salt Lake.

All eyes will be on Lackey, who was a top candidate for last year’s Cy Young Award with 19 wins and a 3.01 ERA. Lackey has made three starts at Class A Rancho Cucamongo and an extended spring training start last Friday. Lackey is 3-4 lifetime in nine starts against the White Sox.

The White Sox have Jose Contreras starting, who is 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA. He allowed just one run in his last outing and is 4-3 lifetime against the Angels.

Angels Shut Out White Sox, 2-0

by @ 11:03 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels allowed just three White Sox hits in the 2-0 shutout to make it two straight wins.

The teams were tied at 0′s until the eighth when the Angels rallied for two runs. Torri Hunter and Garrett Anderson both singled and scored off a Mike Napoli sacfly and a Robb Quinlan RBI single. Quinlan and Anderson both went 2 for 4. Macier Izturis was activated from the DL and was used as a pinch runner in the seventh, though he will start the game tonight at second.

Jered Weaver came off his worst outing of the season and ended up having his best of the season. Weaver went seven scoreless innings, giving up just one hit in the fifth inning and fanning six. His near perfect performance wasn’t enough to earn a win, though, as he left with a scoreless game after seven to earn the no-decision. Scott Shields pitched the eighth and earned the win after the Angels got on the board in the bottom half of the inning. Rodriguez allowed a double in the ninth but struck out Orlando Cabrera and Jermaine Dye for the last two outs of the game for his sixteenth save.

Weaver wasn’t rewarded with the win but lowers his ERA from 5.59 to 4.86.

The win also places the Angels a half game up on the A’s.

May 13, 2008

Angels Snap Losing Streak with 10-7 Win

by @ 10:42 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels stopped their losing streak at four with a 10-7 win over the White Sox on Monday.

The White Sox got on the board first with three in the second, but the Angels put up two of their own in the same inning. They added eight more, four in each the fifth and sixth innings, to make it ten runs on the night. Vlad finally heated up for the night, going 2 for 5 with a three-run homer and another RBI single. His three-run shot in the fifth put the Angels up for good at 5-4. Garrett Anderson also went 3 for 4 with a triple and an RBI. Gary Matthews, Jr., Erick Aybar, and Sean Rodriguez all had two hits apiece on the night.

The Angels’ ten runs on fourteen hits was enough run support to give Nick Adenhart his first MLB victory. Adenhart went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits. Adenhart’s reward for the victory was being moved back down to Triple A, though that roster move is necessary to make room for John Lackey, who will return later this week. The open roster spot for now, though, makes room for Jose Arredondo, a right hand reliever from Salt Lake. Chris Bootcheck came in for 1 2/3 and earned the hold despite giving up two runs and three hits. Rodriquez threw the ninth to earn his 15th save of the season.

The Angels go to make it two straight at 7:05. Jered Weaver will go for his third win to snap a two-game losing streak.  The White Sox have John Danks starting for his first career outing against the Angels. Danks is 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA this season.

May 12, 2008

Angels-White Sox Preview

by @ 9:56 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels are back home, starting a four game series tonight with the White Sox at 7:05.

The Angels hope to turn around their four game losing skid after being swept by the Rays in Tampa Bay. The White Sox have won three of their last four, and stand one game out of first in the AL Central. The Angels have Nick Adenhart starting for just his third MLB career start. He got two no decisions in his previous two starts, but did give up three runs to Kansas City last Tuesday before being pulled in the fifth.

The White Sox will start Mark Buehrle, who is 1-4 on the season with an identical career record against the Angels. Buehrle is on a losing skid, going 0-4 with a 4.54 ERA in his last five starts.

May 11, 2008

Angels Drop Two More to Rays

by @ 5:27 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels were swept at home for the first time this season by the Rays, who shutout the Angels 2-0 on Saturday and an 8-5 game on Sunday.

Joe Saunders should have had his seventh win of the season, giving up just one run on four hits through six innings on Saturday. He saw no run support, though, to get dealt his first loss of the season. The Angels were held to three hits by Rays starter Scott Kazmir, a single by Vlad and doubles by Erick Aybar and Gary Matthews, Jr.

The only mistake made by Saunders was in the first when he allowed one run to score after loading the bases. His next five innings were near perfect, but he was pulled after six while trailing 1-0. Darren Oliver threw 1 2/3 and gave up a run in the eighth.

The offense heated up a little bit on Sunday, but the Angels five runs wasn’t enough to match the Ray’s eight. Sunday’s loss is the Angels’ fourth straight, three by the Rays, who swept the series.

The Rays scored three in the first but the Angels answered back in the third with three runs of their own, all on RBI singles by Vlad, Garrett Anderson, and Torii Hunter. Anderson and Hunter each had 2 RBI, and Vlad went 2 for 4 with an RBI. The Angels had a 5-4 lead going into the sixth, but the Rays rallied for four runs to make it eight for the win.

Ervin Santana missed out on his potential seventh win for most in the AL, though he wasn’t tagged for the loss and remains unbeaten. He allowed five runs on a season-high nine hits through 5 2/3 innings, though he did have seven strikeouts. Santana left in the sixth with a 5-4 lead, but Justin Speier came in to give up four runs that inning to hand Santana the no-decision. Speier came in with two outs and one on, but gave up a double and three-run shot to Carl Crawford to earn the blown save and loss. Speier remains winless at 0-3 with a ballooned 6.00 ERA.

The Angels added to their losing woes after Saturday’s game, placing Chone Figgins on the 15-day DL for his strained hamstring.

May 10, 2008

Angels Fall Victim to One-Hitter

by @ 8:05 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels were shut out by the Rays and starter James Shields, who allowed just one hit, with eight strikeouts, in the 2-0 Rays win.

The only hit the Angels could muster was a Brandon Wood single in the third. The only other mistake Shields made was hitting Erick Aybar with a pitch. Aybar had to be taken out of the game and is listed as day-to-day, but he may be out for the weekend which could mean a roster transaction to bring someone up to replace him. Casey Kotchman was back in the lineup after missing Wednesday’s game from a groin strain on Tuesday.

Jon Garland matched Shields’ shutout through eight innings. Garland gave up just four hits, while walking three and striking out two. This was Garland’s first scoreless outing of the season, but he left with the game at 0′s for the no-decision. Justin Speier came to throw the ninth and took the loss after giving up a two-run walkoff homerun to Evan Longoria. This gives Speier his second loss of the season.

The Angels and Rays go again at 4:10pm. Joe Saunders will try and stretch his perfect record to 7-0, which would put him atop the AL for most wins. The Rays will start LHP Scott Kazmir, who is just 0-1 in two starts this year after starting the season on the DL.

May 9, 2008

Angels-Rays Preview, Injury Updates

by @ 9:17 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels finish off their road trip in Tampa Bay, facing the second place Rays tonight at 4:10. A series win will be their sixth consecutive road series win of the season.

Jon Garland will make the start to go for his fifth win of the season. He has a 5-1 career record against the Rays, going 3-0 with a 2.62 ERA at Tropicana Field. Garland is fresh off a win of Baltimore, where he gave up just three hits in eight strong innings. The Rays will start James Shields, who stands at 3-2 with a 3.80 ERA. Shields is coming off a loss on Saturday against Boston, giving up seven runs on ten hits in 3 2/3.

The Angels will be seeing some familiar faces in the series with the Rays. Troy Percival, the Angels closer in their most recent World Championship team, is now with the Rays. Mike Scioscia also managed with Joe Maddon as bench coach for six years in Anaheim. Maddon is now in his third year in managing the Rays, who have shown that they can be as good in the AL East as the Red Sox and Yankees.

Updates:

Howie Kendrick’s return has been pushed back yet again. He is still feeling soreness in his hamstring, so will likely sit out this entire series and return with the team at home after this weekend.

John Lackey is scheduled to make his fourth and final rehab start today in Tempe. He should be activated by next week, with a possible season debut during the week’s series with the White Sox.

May 8, 2008

Royals Rally for 9 Runs to Avoid Sweep

by @ 8:52 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Jered Weaver gave up eight of the Royal’s nine runs in a 9-4 Angels loss, their first in five games.

The Angels scored one in the first inning off an RBI single by Vlad, but the Royals answered back in the bottom half to tie it at 1-1. That one Angel run was their only until the seventh when Mike Napoli hit a two-run homerun, which gives him a team-leading eight homeruns. Garrett Anderson also homered in the ninth, but that fourth run wasn’t enough for the nine that the Royals had put up.

Jered Weaver gave up eight runs on ten hits (six being extra-base) over 3 1/3 to the Royals, who entered the game in last place in the AL in runs scored, homeruns, total bases, and slugging percentage. Five of the Royals runs given up by Weaver were from homeruns by David DeJesus and Alex Gordon. Weaver was pulled after giving up Gordon’s two-run shot in the fourth. Weaver’s ERA now stands at 5.59 to match a 2-5 record, which ties for most losses in the AL. Chris Bootcheck relieved for 2 2/3, giving up one run on three hits. Darren O’Day also threw for two innings, giving up one hit.

The Angels are off today before continuing their road trip to Tampa Bay.

May 7, 2008

Anderson, Angels Beat KC, 5-3

by @ 10:25 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels made it four straight last night by beating the Royals 5-3.

The Angels were down by three going into the fourth, but a 3-run Garrett Anderson homerun tied it 3-all. The Angels took the lead in the fifth with an RBI single by Anderson and added an insurance run in the seventh with another Anderson RBI single. Anderson went 3 for 5 and knocked in all of the Angel’s runs for the night. Vlad Guerrero looked to be getting back in the swing of things, going 2 for 4 with a double, triple, and two runs scored. The offense had a total of 15 hits on the night.

Nick Adenhart made his second start in the Majors, but still remains winless as he earned the no-decision. Adenhart went 4 1/3, giving up three runs on six hits with five walks. Darren Oliver came in to pitch a perfect 1 2/3 in relief of Adenhart to earn the win. Speier and Shields each threw an inning to earn holds before Rodriguez had another 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 14th save of the season, which leads the Majors.

The Angels go for the sweep tonight at 5:10. Jered Weaver will go for his third win after coming off a loss to the Orioles, where he went seven innings with a season-high six strikeouts. Weaver is 2-2 lifetime with a 1.69 ERA against the Royals. Zach Greinke will start for the Royals. Greinke is 3-1 this season and 0-2 lifetime with a 8.49 ERA against the Angels. Greinke does hold the second best ERA in the AL, at 1.47.

The Angels look to hold their league-leading stats, which includes a .291 BA, 5.4 runs per game average, and most victories (tied with three teams at 22).

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