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August 31, 2008

Angels Take Two More from Texas

by @ 1:01 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels clinched a series win with a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Saturday after a 3-1 win on Friday night.

The Angels were held to six hits on Friday, but managed to squeeze out three runs to get the win. The Rangers had a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth, but Garret Anderson put the Angels ahead with a two-run shot. Chone Figgins got on with a single and Anderson, batting in the two slot for the first time in nine years, blasted his homerun to right. Juan Rivera then added an insurance run with a sacfly with the bases loaded.  

The player of the game, though, was Ervin Santana, who held the Rangers to one run on five hits with seven K’s through eight innings. He picks up his 14th win and leaves August with a 2.49 ERA in the month. K-Rod then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, complete with two strikeouts, for his 52nd win.

The Angels followed up on Saturday with a win to make it three straight and clinching the series.

The Angels were down a run heading into the fifth, but Mike Napoli drove an RBI-single to tie it before Napoli took home on Brandon Wood’s suicide squeeze. The Rangers then regained the lead but Torii Hunter tied it in the sixth with an RBI-groundout before Rivera got a sacfly for the go-ahead run.

Jered Weaver held the Rangers to three runs through five, but didn’t factor into the decision. Jose Arrendondo came in to relieve Weaver in the sixth and allowed the runners to score for the blown save but ended up taking the win, along with the help of Hunter who nabbed a potential go-ahead homerun by climbing the fence in the seventh. Scott Sheilds threw an inning before K-Rod pitched another 1-2-3 ninth with two K’s for his 53rd save.

The Angels can complete the sweep today, with John Lackey taking the mound to go for his 12th win. He will face Kevin Millwood, who is 8-7 with a 4.95 ERA and is 2-3 against the Angels in nine career starts.

August 29, 2008

Angels Take First from Rangers

by @ 7:56 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels beat the Rangers 7-5 in the first of four in hopes of getting their first series win on this homestand.

The offense had to rally back from the Rangers’ four-run first inning. They started in the third, when Mark Teixeira drove a solo homerun. They added another in the sixth and went to bat in the eighth with a three-run deficit. They quickly loaded the bases and scored on Mike Napoli’s walk. Juan Rivera then put the Angels ahead with a pinch-hit, bases-clearing double. Reggie Willits also drove in an insurance run with an infield RBI-single in his first game since August 3rd after a stint on the DL.

A win looked nearly impossible as Jon Garland gave up four runs in the first, but he battled his way through eight innings and the run support allowed him to take the win. The Rangers’ four-run first was keyed by a three-run homerun. Garland then gave up a run in the fourth but held the Rangers scoreless after that. K-Rod then threw the ninth and got his 51st save.

The Angels will now have to deal with the absence of Howie Kendrick, who was placed on the DL for a strained left hamstring. Erick Aybar is not expected to go on the DL but will likely still miss a few more games for his hamstring issue, so the Angels recalled Brandon Wood from Triple A. The Angels will have Ervin Santana facing Dustin Nippert tonight. Santana is searching for his 14th win and is 6-4 lifetime against the Rangers, while Nippert is 1-3 with a 7.83 ERA.

August 28, 2008

Angels Lose Rubber Match

by @ 10:06 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Joe Saunders was tagged for six runs and didn’t finish the second inning as the Angels lost 6-5 to take the series loss.

The Angels found themselves down 6-0 by the second inning, and their comeback rally attempt didn’t kickstart until the fourth. They put up four runs that inning, triggered by Garret Anderson’s triple. Mike Napoli walked and Robb Quinlain was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Erick Aybar, who singled home two runs. Howie Kendrick and Mark Teixeira each followed suit with an RBI-single apiece. This was just before Kendrick left the game with a tightened hamstring. Aybar also left the game with the same ailment, which left Juan Rivera the secondbaseman for the rest of the game. Aybar added another RBI in the fifth, for a total of 3 for a career high, before leaving, but the boys left 13 on base and went just 3 for 16 with RISP.

Saunders suffered his worst outing of the season, unable to escape the second inning, retiring only four of the 12 batters he faced. Saunders got out of the first inning with giving up just one run on an RBI single, but the second inning was a different story. A leadoff single, stolen base, and RBI single led to the first run of the inning before a double followed by a two-run homerun to Emil Brown. Saunders was lifted after that, taking his seventh loss. Shane Loux then pitched a scoreless three frames before Oliver, Arrendondo, and Speier all combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Angels now host their second-place team in the division, the Rangers….though that second place position is 15 games behind the Angels in first. Jon Garland will take the mound and face Brandon McCarthy. Garland is in search of his 12th win and is 4-8 lifetime against the Rangers, while McCarthy is making just his second big league start, picking up the no decision in his first one.

August 27, 2008

Lackey Pitches Eight Shutout Innings in 5-1 Win

by @ 2:34 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

John Lackey pitched a complete game with a shutout through eight innings as the Angels put up five runs to beat the A’s in the second game of the set.

The Angels got the job done, even without the usual bats of Garret Anderson and Vlad in the lineup. The Angels put up a four-run third to take the lead, triggered by an RBI-single by Teixeira. Torii Hunter then drove in a run with a double and Teixeira scored on Juan Rivera’s sacfly. Matthews Jr. then chipped in by driving in Hunter. They added another run in the fourth when Mike Napoli doubled and scored on Howie Kendrick’s single.

Lackey held the A’s to seven hits in his complete game victory, while holding his shutout until the ninth inning when he gave up a solo homerun with one out. Lackey threw under 100 pitches in the win, and is now 10-0 in his last 10 starts against AL West opponents.

Scioscia would like to use Lackey again, considering his unbeaten streak against the AL West. But tonight’s rubber match will be a matchup of Joe Saunders and lefty Gio Gonzalez. Saunders is looking for his 15th win, and is 2-0 this season against the A’s. Gonzalez is 1-2 with a total of 19 1/3 career innings under his belt.

August 26, 2008

Weaver Lacks Run Support to Take Loss

by @ 9:19 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels took a tough 1-2 loss in their opener against the A’s at home, with Jered Weaver getting the loss despite giving up just three hits through seven.

Maybe it was because the lineup was without Anderson or Vlad, or maybe the boys just had an off night, but they could only muster one run on seven hits in the loss. Mike Napoli accounted for the only run, a solo homerun in the sixth, but the Angels would still be down by a run until the end.

Weaver had to suffer his 10th loss despite through seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on three hits. He gave up a solo homerun in the third before throwing a wild pitch in the fourth to score a run and give the A’s a 2-0 lead. He left after seven with a one-run lead, but the Angels couldn’t rally for a comeback to at least hand him the no-decision.

There was no save opportunity for K-Rod in this game, but congratulations to him for being named the AL Player of the Week. He is only one of nine players with 50 saves in a single season, and is the youngest to do so.

The Angels look to even up the series tonight, with John Lackey taking the mound to face lefty Greg Smith. Lackey is coming off a one-run win while Smith is coming off a six-inning shutout.

August 25, 2008

Angels Come Back to Split Series

by @ 12:31 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

After dropping their first to games to the Twins, the Angels came back with two straight wins to split the series before hosting the division-rival A’s.

On Saturday, the Angels put up 12 hits while never trailling in a 7-5 win. The Angels rallied for a 4-0 lead in the third to snap their consecutive scoreless innings streak at 22. Vlad drove a bases-loaded double for two of the runs. They added two more in the fourth with RBI-singles by Erick Aybar and Mark Texeira. Texeira also added an insurance run in the sixth with a solo homerun.

Jon Garland cruised through the first three before struggling in the fourth and being lifted in the fifth. He was given a 4-0 lead in the third, and cut that lead by a run when giving up a solo shot in the fourth. Garland ended up leaving after loading the bases with one out in the fifth, and was tagged for a total of five runs on six hits. Darren Oliver then came in and escaped the jam while pitching two more scoreless innings, which was enough to give him the win. Scot Shields held the eighth and K-Rod got his 49th save, including 2 K’s.

The Angels followed up their win with another on Sunday to end the series, coming back with some late runs to steal the lead and the game from the Twins.

The Angels found themselves down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth, but Teixeira triggered the come-from-behind win by starting the Angels with a solo shot that inning to come within two runs. The Angels scored another in the seventh before their three-run eighth was started by a leadoff double by Teixeira. Vlad then tripled him in to tie the game at 3. Gary Matthews Jr, who didn’t start but came in as a replacement for Garrett Anderson in the second, then drilled a triple to score Vlad for the go-ahead run. Matthews Jr then scored on Juan Rivera’s sacfly for an insurance run.

Ervin Santana held the Twins to three runs on nine hits through seven while hitting double-digits for strikeouts. He left while being down and wasn’t in line for the decision. The win went to Jose Arrendondo, who pitched a near-perfect eighth, with no runs, no hits, and two K’s…and was saved by having a homerun call reversed. K-Rod then got his 50th save, and is now only the ninth closer to reach that many saves in a single season. With 33 games left, K-Rod needs jut eight to break Bobby Thigpen’s record of 57.

The Angels now host the A’s for a three-game series at home. The A’s aren’t much of a threat as they usually are this season, standing 20 1/2 games behind the leading Angels. Jered Weaver will take the mound to go for his 11th win. He is 5-4 in 11 starts at home this year and is 2-1 lifetime against the A’s, but hasn’t faced them this season. He will face lefty Dallas Braden, who is 3-3 with a 4.53 ERA. The youngster started the season in Class A ball and is making his first start against the Angels, though they have seen him out of the ‘pen earlier this season.

August 23, 2008

Angels Shut Out by Twins for Second Loss of Series

by @ 5:10 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Twins put up nine runs to hand Joe Saunders his first lost in over a month while the Twins held the Angels scoreless in their second straight loss.

The Angels were held to six hits, with Glen Perkins holding the Angels to five through his eight innings. Juan Rivera had of those hits and Erick Aybar hit a double, the only Angel extra-base hit of the game. The Twins have now shut the Angels out for 20 consecutive innings in this series.

Saunders hasn’t loss since July 8, that is, until giving up six runs on nine hits last night for his sixth loss of the season. Saunders shut out the Twins in the first three frames before giving them a lead on Delmon Young’s two-run homerun in the fourth. He gave up another in the fifth and left in the sixth after giving up three straight hits. The loss is also the first time all season that Saunders failed to record a strikeout. Shane Loux then came in and gave up a three-run homerun, and then another run in the seventh, before finishing the game.

The shutout is just the Angels’ second at home all season. They send Jon Garland to the mound in hopes of getting a win so they can avoid a third straight series’ loss. Garland is 8-8 lifetime against the Twins, and went 8 innings with a run in a winning start against them earlier this year. The Twins send Nick Blackburn to the mound. Blackburn is 9-7 and suffered a loss to the Angels earlier this season, though he only gave up one run through seven.

August 22, 2008

Angels Lose First Game of Homestand in Extras

by @ 5:38 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

After two straight series’ losses on the road, the Angels took the Twins into extra innings on Thursday but a triple and single in the 12th gave the Twins the win.

Mark Teixeira had a solo homerun in the first to take a quick 1-0 lead, but the Angels would only come up with four more hits after that, with no runs, to take the loss. Teixeira had two hits while Garret Anderson went 0 for 5, ending his hit streak at 23 games.

The line for Jered Weaver looks like a near-perfect win: 8 innings, 6 K’s, one run on five hits. He gave up a run in the fifth on a double and RBI-single, and left after eight with the 1-1 tie. K-Rod, Shields, and Oliver each threw an inning, keeping the Twins scoreless to send the game to the 12th. Justin Speier then gave up a leadoff triple in the 12th, off the glove of Torii Hunter, before surrendering the go-ahead run on an RBI-single. Speier takes the loss, his third in the Angels’ past six losses.

The Angels can even up the series tonight, with Joe Saunders taking the mound to face lefty Glen Perkins. Saunders is unbeaten in his last six starts, and is shooting for his Perkins is 10-3 and is facing the Angels for the first time in his career.

August 20, 2008

Angels Win Game, Series, and AL Wins Lead

by @ 8:11 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels scored a run in the ninth to break the tie and take the win to avoid the sweep before heading back to LA to open a series with the Twins.

The Rays took a 3-0 lead in the second but the Angels came back with four runs in the third to take the lead. Sean Rodriguez led off the inning with a walk to trigger the rally before he was driven home by Chone Figgins’ RBI-double, after Jeff Mathis singled and took third on the double. Erick Aybar then drove in Mathis and Figgins with a triple to right center before Teixeira drove in Aybar with an infielder grounder. The Rays tied it in the eighth but Garret Anderson’s RBI-single in the ninth gave the Angels the go-ahead run, scoring Teixeira.

Jered Weaver had a rocky second inning, but was otherwise outstanding, with nine strikeouts. He allowed three runs in the second on four straight hits, and left after sixth but didn’t factor into the decision. Jose Arrendondo allowed the tying run to score in the eighth for the blown save but wound up getting the win. K-Rod got his 48th save to put the Angels back atop the AL wins list, 1/2 game above the Rays.

The Angels head back to LA for a four-game series with the Twins, with John Lackey taking the mound Thursday night to face Scott Baker. Lackey is 4-0 in his last four starts while Baker is winless since July 26, tallying four straight no-decisions since the win.

No-Hit Bid Spoiled With a Loss

by @ 6:02 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Ervin Santana took a no-hitter into the sixth and left after seven with the lead, but the bullpen allowed the Rays to come from behind and take the second game of the set.

Vlad gave the Angels a 1-0 lead in the second with a solo homerun. Garret Anderson then made it 2-0 with an RBI double in the fourth, which also extends his hit streak to 22 games. The Angels put up a 2-0 lead before the Rays even drove a hit, but they came back to take the lead in the eighth to hand the Angels their fifth loss in as many chances at Tropicana Field this year.

Santana took his no-hitter into the sixth and spread four hits out in two innings before leaving after seven with a one-run lead, and tallying nine strikeouts. Scott Shields came in for the eighth and walked two before Jeff Mathis made a throwing error to load the bases. Darren Oliver then walked in the tying run and gave the Rays the lead with a two-run single to Willy Aybar.

The loss now gives the Rays the AL lead in wins, with 77 while the Angels stand at 76. The Angels look to avoid the sweep tonight, sending Jered Weaver to face Matt Garza. The two are equal at 10 wins, with Weaver 2-0 lifetime against the Rays.

August 18, 2008

Angels Fall Short in Loss To Rays

by @ 9:34 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels were down early and a fell a couple runs short of a comeback win in their 6-4 loss to the Rays, their fourth loss in the last five games.

The Angels were in a 2-0 hole after the second but Juan Rivera’s solo shot in the third narrowed the Rays’ lead, but Rivera grounded out with the bases loaded in the fourth to put the Angels’ potential rally to a halt. The Rays then put up three runs in the bottom half of the third inning, and the Angels rallied for three in the the sixth and seventh innings at an attempt for a come-from-behind win. Garret Anderson extend his hit streak to 21 games with an RBI-double in the sixth, and scored on a sacfly by Rivera. Vlad had an RBI-single in the seventh to cut the Rays’ lead to one.

Jon Garland gave up five early runs to take the loss. He gave the Rays the lead in the second by giving up a two-run homerun in the second before giving up three more runs the next inning, two off another homerun. He gave up a total of 10 hits through six and took his 8th loss.

Despite the storm, the Angels are still hoping to play on Tuesday to even up the series with the Rays. Ervin Santana will make the start and go for his 14th win after getting the no-decision last Wednesday in a three-run, 6 1/3 inning effort. Santana will face James Sheilds, who is 10-7 and is 3-2 lifetime against the Angels.

August 17, 2008

Tribe Halts Angels’ Unbeaten Streak

by @ 6:40 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels lost their first series to an AL team since May 9-11 with a close 4-3 loss in Sunday’s rubber match.

The Angels put up 10 hits, but were only 2 for 13 with RISP, stranding eight men on base. Teixera drove an RBI-single in the first to give the Angels’ their first run before Vlad got an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Cleveland tied it in the bottom half and took the lead in the third before the Angels tied it again with a run in the fifth, Chone Figgins singled and came around to score on a pass ball.

Joe Saunders had a decent outing, giving up three runs on eight hits through five. Justin Speier took the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the sixth after a double, sacrifice, and RBI-single.

The Angels head to Tampa Bay for a three game series with the Rays, that is, if Tropical Storm Fay steers clear of Florida. Jon Garland is the scheduled starter and looks to keep his unbeaten streak alive at Tropicana Field. He will face Andy Sonnanstine, who is 12-6 with a 4.35 ERA. The Angels look to recover from their last trip to Tropicana Field in May, where they were swept in a three-game series by the Rays.

August 16, 2008

Angels Split First Two With Tribe

by @ 6:48 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

On Friday night, the Angels had a one-run lead after five but Jose Arrendondo allowed two runs to score as the Angels lost 3-2.

Teixeira went 3 for 4, including an RBI-single in the first to put the Angels up by one, a lead they would hold until the fourth. Juan Rivera then hit a solo shot in the fifth for the go-ahead run, but were shut out after that by Cliff Lee, who held the Angels to 8 hits while striking out 6. Garret Anderson did have a single in the eighth to extend his hit streak to 19, which is the longest active streak and the most for an Angels hitter this season.

Jered Weaver earned the no-decision after giving up one run and being tagged for another in the sixth, while getting 6 K’s. Weaver left with one out in the sixth with a runner on second, and Jose Arrendondo gave up a walk followed by the game-tying single for the blown save. He then walked gave up two more walks, one to put the Tribe ahead. Arrendondo was pulled without recording an out and was tagged for the first loss of his career.

The Angels followed the loss with a 4-3 win on Saturday to even up the series.

The Angels scored all four runs in the first three innings, two of which unearned. Chone Figgins led off the first with a single, moved to third on an error and wild pitch, and scored on Vlad’s single. In the third, Erick Aybar walked and scored from first on Teixeira’s single after a throwing error. Vlad then got another RBI as Teixeira scored on Vlad’s would-be groundout. Vlad then stole third and touched home on another wild pitch by Carmona. Garret Anderson went 2 for 4 and extends his hit streak to 20 games.

John Lackey earned his 10th win, and now the Angels have all five starters with at least 10 wins-a club first. Lackey gave up three runs on six hits through six. He gave up a solo homerun in the first to tie it and another two-run homerun in the fourth, but he never trailed and Oliver escaped a no-outs, bases-loaded jam in the seventh, courtesy of Aybar’s fantastic play. Shields then held the eighth before K-Rod pitched his way to his 47th save, with 2 strikeouts in the ninth.

Aybar scored a run and made a game-saving play in the game as he fills in for Maicer Izturis, who will undergo season-ending surgery on his left thumb, which he tore a ligament in on Wednesday when diving for a groundball.

Joe Saunders will get the nod in Sunday’s rubber match. The Angels will try to keep their unbeaten streak alive, not losing a series to an AL team since May 9-11. Saunders has more than half his wins away from home, and will look for his 15th win. He will face lefty Jeremy Sowers, who is 1-6 with a 5.70 ERA and is winless in 3 career starts against the Angels.

August 14, 2008

Bullpen Suffers 3 Blown Saves in Loss

by @ 11:49 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels snapped their win streak at five with a 12-inning loss on Wednesday. The Angels split the two-game series and still have an unbeaten streak of 20 series to AL teams.

The offense was led by Maicer Izturis, who was 3 for 5 with an RBI, and Teixeira, who was 3 for 6 with 3 RBI. The Angels put up one to tie it in the first and Teixeira’s two-run homerun in the third gave the Angels a two-run lead until the fifth. They regained the lead in the seventh when Jeff Mathis singled and scored on Izturis’ double. They then put up two more in the eighth when Garret Anderson walked and Howie Kendrick doubled and both scored on sacflies. K-Rod tied it in the ninth and Teixeira sent it to extras with his second homerun of the night. Mariners’ reliever Roy Corcoran then held the Angels to just one hit and a walk through the next three frames.

Ervin Santana threw a decent game but again failed to get his 14th win. He gave up a run in the first and held the Mariners scoreless until surrendering a solo homerun in the sixth. He left in the seventh after tallying 7 K’s and being tagged for three runs. Jose Arrendondo finished the inning and Scot Shields came on for the eighth, who got a blown save after giving up the tying run. The Angels regained the lead in the bottom half and on came K-Rod to close it out, but he suffered his fifth blown save after giving up three runs, all on two RBI-singles. He recorded just one out and was actually ejected as he walked away from the mound to head for the dugout. Darren Oliver cleaned up the mess and kept the Mariners scoreless for 2 2/3. Justin Speier then took the loss after giving up a three-run homerun in the 12th.

The Angels now take the road and head to Cleveland for a weekend series with the Indians. Jered Weaver will start on Friday, and will shoot for his 11th win after getting an easy one with plenty of run support in his last outing. he will face Cliff Lee, who leads the AL with 16 wins and an ERA of 2.45. Lee is 4-3 lifetime against the Angels.

August 13, 2008

Angels Beat Mariners with Trio of Homeruns

by @ 8:51 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

After a day off and weekend of sweeping the Yankees, the Angels took the first game of a two-game set with the Mariners to move their win streak to five games.

Seattle put up three runs in the third but the Angels erased their lead in the fifth with four runs of their own off former Angel Jarrod Washburn. Juan Rivera led off the inning with a solo homerun before Jeff Mathis got on by an error and Chone Figgins singled. Erick Aybar bunted them over to scoring position and Teixeira batted in Mathis with a groundout RBI. Vlad then blasted a two-run go-ahead homerun, his 22nd of the year. The Angels added three more in the eighth. Torii Hunter walked and was driven home by Garret Anderson’s two-run shot, which extends his hit streak to 17 games. Howie Kendrick then singled and touched home on Rivera’s double.

Jon Garland gave up three in the third, but that was all as he sailed through seven innings to get his 11th win. Scott Shields held the eighth and Jose Arrendondo got two outs in the ninth before K-Rod got a strikeout for the last out and his 46th save.

It’ll take just one more win to get the short-series sweep of the Mariners. Santana takes the hill in search of his 14th win, he is 5-2 lifetime against the Mariners. He will face Felix Hernandez, who is 7-7 but his 2.94 ERA speaks louder, as he has 8 no decisions this year.

August 11, 2008

Angels Complete Sweep of Yankees

by @ 9:36 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels took a tie into the ninth and Chone Figgins delieved the winning hit to get a sweep of the Yankees, their first time sweepin the Bronx Bombers at home since 1995.

Coming into the game, Andy Pettitte was 17-1 in starts when his team is in danger of a sweep. The Angels didn’t hand him that second loss, but scored three runs off him including another in the ninth to complete the sweep. After the Yankees scored two in the first, the Angels regained the lead with three runs in the third. Gary Matthews, Jr. singled to snap an 0 for 16 skid and took third on Mike Napoli’s double. Chone Figgins then singled in Matthews, Jr. and Napoli scored on Erick Aybar’s single. Pettitte then balked to move Figgins to third, who scored on Teixeira’s sacfly. With a 3-3 tie in the ninth, Howie Kendrick led off with a single off closer Mariano Rivera. Kendrick took second on Napoli’s walk and Figgins drove a hit through the right side off the first pitch for the walk-off win.

Joe Saunders has now allowed three runs or less in his last 10 straight starts, but earned the no-decision on Sunday. He had six strikeouts and left after seven innings, escaping the seventh when Kendrick made an over-the-shoulder grab to end the Yankees’ threat. Jose Arrendondo held the eighth and K-Rod got the win, pitching a perfect ninth inning with three strikeouts.

The Angels get Monday off before hosting Seattle for a short two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday. Jon Garland will take the mound and shoot for his 11th win, he is 6-3 with a 3.30 ERA lifetime against Seattle. He will face former Angel Jarrod Washburn, who is 5-11 with a 4.76 ERA. and is 0-2 lifetime against his former team. The Angels will also be without Reggie Willits, who was sent to the DL after suffering a mild concussion during Friday’s game when he collided with Brian Bruney at homeplate. Sean Rodriguez was brought up from Salt Lake to fill the roster spot.

August 10, 2008

Crazy 8′s: Angels Rally for 8 Runs in 8th to Get Comeback Win

by @ 12:22 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels put up 14 hits and 11 runs as they beat the Yankees on Saturday to clinch the series.

Dan Giese held the Angels to three hits and a run through six innings before they exploded to tally ten runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Mark Teixiera accounted for the only run scored off Giese, with a solo shot in the sixth. Jose Veras then took the hill in the seventh and Garret Anderson and Mike Napoli, in his first game back off the DL, drove solo homeruns to tie the game at 3. The Angels then went ahead on Vlad’s leadoff solo homerun in the eighth, and followed with seven more runs before the inning was over. Six Angels had multi-hit games, and only Howie Kendrick went hitless in the game. Vlad, Anderson, and Rivera all chipped in with two RBI apiece.

John Lackey fell short of his 10th win, leaving after seven innings with a 3-3 tie. He gave up two solo homeruns in the sixth and another run in the seventh, and was tagged for nine hits before exiting. Scot Shields pitched a shuout eighth to be in line for the win and Justin Speier gave up a run in the ninth before the Angels took the 11-4 win.

Joe Saunders looks to lead the Angels to a sweep on Sunday. He will face Andy Pettitte, who is 12-9 with a 4.34 ERA and is 0-2 in his last two starts.

August 9, 2008

Angels Score 10 to Power Past the Yankees

by @ 1:04 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels took their first from the visting Yankees on Friday night 10-5 and have now won three of their last four.

The Angels pounded 17 hits to get their 10 runs, with four each by Howie Kendrick and Torii Hunter and the 3-4-5 combo going 9 for 15 with 6 RBI and 7 runs scored. The Angels chased Ian Kennedy away in the third inning after scoring five off him with nine hits. They scored two in the first off Hunter’s two-out two-RBI double. They then rallied for three in the third, led by RBI-singles by Vlad, Garret Anderson, and Kendrick. The got another in the fourth before putting four up in the seventh inning, led by Hunter’s solo homerun and capped off by Teixeira’s RBI-single.

Jered Weaver threw a decent six frames and got enough run support to earn the win. He gave up a solo shot to A-Rod in the second and left the bases loaded in the third after giving up two runs. Weaver gave up two more in the sixth before leaving after the inning. Jose Arrendondo gave up one hit through two for the hold and Scot Shields put two on but kept the Yankees from touching home in the ninth.

The Angels look to make it two straight from the Yankees on Saturday’s day game. John Lackey will take the mound to go for his 10th win, and will see the return of battery mate Mike Napoli, who was activated from the DL yesterday. Dan Giese will start for the Yankees. Giese is 0-2 in two starts.

August 7, 2008

Vlad Leads Angels to Win Rubber Match With O’s

by @ 5:00 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Vlad tallied four RBI while Santana pitched his way to lucky win #13 as the Angels beat the Orioles 9-4 in the rubber match of the series.

The Angels scored all nine runs in the first four innings, and had a 4-0 lead by the second. The Angels put up three in the first off Vlad’s two-run shot followed by an RBI-double by Garret Anderson, who ended up 3 for 4 to extend his hit streak to 13 games. Mathis added a solo homerun in the second to snap his 0 for 16 slump. Two more came in the third on a wild pitch and another RBI-hit by Anderson. The final three came in the fourth, including a two-RBI single by Vlad, who ended up 2 for 3 with 3 runs and 4 RBI on the night. His first inning homer was also his 20th of the year, the fifth time in as many years that he’s hit at least 20 with the club.

Ervin Santana was given plenty of run support to earn the win, though he barely needed it. He held the O’s to one run through the first four frames, a solo homerun in the third. He then relaxed with the eight-run cushion and gave up three runs in the fifth off Nick Markakis’ homerun. He finished with seven K’s in seven innings. Jose Arrendondo then threw two hitless, scoreless innings.

The Angels have Thursday off before opening a three-game home series with the Yankees. They split with the Yankees last weekend in the Bronx, losing the last two after taking the first two. Jered Weaver will take the mound and face Ian Kennedy, who was brought back up in place of the injured Joba Chamberlain. Kennedy went 0-3 in starts earlier this year before being sent down to Triple-A. Weaver is in search of his 10th win, he is 2-1 lifetime against the Yankees, with the loss coming last Saturday.

August 6, 2008

O’s Rookie Holds Angels to One-Hit in MLB Debut

by @ 12:54 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Chris Waters held the Angels to one hit through eight innings in his big league debut while the Orioles went on to score three off Jon Garland for the win.

This is the first time all season that the Angels have been shut out at home. It is also the fourth time that they have faced a pitcher in his big league debut, with those pitchers going 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA against the Angels in their deubts.  The only hit the Angels could manage off Waters was a single by Vlad in the second inning, but the threat ended when Torii Hunter grounded into a double play, he went hitless to snap his 15-game hit streak.

Jon Garland had a decent outing, but giving up three runs was enough to take the loss. Garland gave the O’s two runs in the first before recording an out. He then gave up a solo homerun in the eighth to up the Angels in a 0-3 hole before he left after the inning. Newcomer Loux then threw two hitless innings.

Wednesday’s day game is a matchup between Ervin Santana and lefty Garrett Olson. Santana is in search of his 13th win and Olson leads the O’s staff with 8 wins. The Angels look to win this rubber match before Thursday’s off game. They then host the Yankees for a weekend series, with an outlook of Napoli being able to return to the lineup.

August 5, 2008

K-Rod Blows Save, Then Gets Win

by @ 4:11 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Orioles came back to score four runs in the ninth off K-Rod but the Angels walked in the winning run in the bottom half for the win.

The Angels were even with the O’s at ten hits, and scored five of their six runs in the first four innings. They took a 1-0 lead in the first when Mark Teixeira singled home Chone Figgins. Vlad then put the Angels up by three runs with a two-run shot in the third, his 19th of the year. The Angels rallied for two in the next inning when Torii Hunter was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score one, followed by an RBI-infield single by Garret Anderson for another, which extends Anderson’s hit streak to 12 games. The O’s bullpen then held the Angels scoreless until the game was tied in the bottom of the ninth. Hunter got on with a lead off double, and the Angels loaded the bases for Chone Figgins. Figgins then walked to score Hunter for the walk-off win.

Joe Saunders pitched well enough to get his 15th win, but the Orioles’ late comeback earned Joe the no decision. He gave up just one run through six innings, while lowering his ERA to just a tad about 3. Justin Speier and Jose Arrendondo then each threw hitless, scoreless innings before Scott Shields came in for the ninth with a four-run lead. He put runners on first and second and K-Rod came on with two on and two out. K-Rod should’ve been out of the inning with a groundball out, but Teixeira bobbled the ball to load the bases. K-Rod then allowed back-to-back singles, each scoring two runs. That gave K-Rod just his fourth blown save of the year, but the Angels came back to win in the bottom half, which gave K-Rod the win.

The Angels have now hit the 70-win mark and send Jon Garland to the mound Tuesday for the second game of the set. Garland is in search of his 11th win, he is 7-2 lifetime against the the Orioles. Baltimore will send lefty Chris Walters to the mound for his big league debut.

The Angels also received some good news: Maicer Izturis will not be making a trip to the DL. He hasn’t played since jamming his thumb in Friday’s game at Yankee Stadium, but an MRI revealed it is just a sparin and Izturis should be back in the lineup in a few games. The Angels also optioned Darren O’Day to Triple-A and brought up Shane Loux. Loux has been in the minors for the last few years, with his last big-league appearance back in 2003 with the Tigers. The 28-year-old has just 14 big league appearances, but has gone 12-6 in 22 starts at Triple-A this season.

August 3, 2008

Teixeira’s Go-Ahead Granny Spoiled by 6-Run Eighth

by @ 5:40 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Mark Teixeira put the Angels ahead by a run with a grand slam in the eighth, but the Angels spoiled their own come-from-behind attempt by giving the Yankees six unearned runs in the bottom half of the inning as the Yanks went on to win 14-9.

The Angels had a 5-0 lead after the fourth after a few rallies and John Lackey’s command to hold the Yankees scoreless through the first four frames. Garret Anderson gave the Angels their first runs with a two-RBI single in the first. Erick Aybar added his own RBI-single the next inning before Aybar drove in two more in the fourth with a double. The Angels then found themselves down by three runs going into the eighth, but Teixeira ripped a grand slam to put the Angels ahead. That lead wouldn’t hold longer than half an inning as the Angel defense fell apart in the bottom half to hand the Yankees the win.

John Lackey shut out the Yankees through four before surrendering a solo homerun to A-Rod in the fifth. Lackey then allowed the Yankees to score three in the sixth, led by Xavier Nady’s two-RBI double. Lackey was lifted after six with a one-run lead. The bullpen then gave up just one earned run in the next two innings-but also nine UNearned runs to allow the Yankees to win. Jose Arrendondo was on the mound in the seventh, Gary Matthews misfielded Jeter’s one-out lined single before four came in to score, three off of Nady’s homerun. The Angels then lost the lead for good by committing three errors in the eighth with six unearned runs. Pudge Rodriguez led off the inning with a single and pinch-runner Justin Christian took second on Aybar’s fielding error. Christian then attempted to steal third and scored when Mathis’ throw sailed past Chone Figgins. The bases were then loaded and Figgins bobbled a ball off A-Rod’s bat that should’ve been a double-play. A few RBI-singles later, the Yankees had taken the lead by touching home six times in the inning.

The Angels end up with a series split and have lost their past two, a feat unfamiliar since losing two consecutive games on July 8-9 at Texas. The Angels head back to L.A. and open a three-game series with the Orioles on Monday. Joe Saunders looks for his 15th win and will face rookie Dennis Sarfate, who is 4-2. Saunders is a perfect 4-0 lifetime against the O’s.

August 2, 2008

Angels Take 2-8 Loss to Yankees

by @ 5:02 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels dropped just their third game since the All-Star break, losing to the Yankees this afternoon which snaps their five-game win streak and puts them out of the running for a four-game sweep.

The Angels tallied a rare low three hits for the game, with two and both runs (only one earned) off Mike Mussina. The Angels had a brief 2-0 lead in the second when Garret Anderson and Howie Kendrick scored on Jeff Mathis’ grounder. Mussina then retired the next 16 Angel batters.

Jered Weaver took his ninth loss after surrendering six runs on eight hits, four of them homers, through five innings. Weaver had a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the second, but he allowed the Yankees to tie it up on Wilson Betemit’s two-run shot. He then gave the Yankees the lead for good in the third when Jose Molina singled and took third on Johnny Damon’s single and scored on Jeter’s double play groundout. Bobby Abreu then added a solo homerun. Molina then scored again in the fifth with his own solo homerun, and Weaver was pulled in the sixth after surrendering another solo homerun, this time to A-Rod. The Yankees then tagged Justin Speier for two runs in the seventh before Darren O’Day finished with 1 2/3 hitless innings.

Their five game win streak is snapped, but the Angels can still take the series in Sunday’s day game. John Lackey will get the nod in his first start since being just two outs away from a no-hitter this past week at Fenway. Lackey looks to send his win total to double digits, and is 4-7 liftime against the Yankees, with three of those wins in the Bronx. He will face Darrell Rasner, who is 5-8 with a 4.92 ERA.

August 1, 2008

Angels Beat Yankees to Make it Five Straight

by @ 9:19 pm. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

Ervin Santana pitched his way to his 12th win as the Yankees were shut out and the Angels got their fifth straight win by putting up just one run.

Yankees starter Sidney Ponson actually held the Angels hitless until Garret Anderson singled in the fifth. The winning Angel run came in the ninth off Yankee great Mariano Rivera. Mark Teixeira led off the inning with a walk and pinch-runner Reggie Willits took third on Vlad’s single. Torii Hunter then smacked a single to center to score Willits from third. The Angels only tallied four hits on the night, with two in the ninth, but their RBI-single allowed them to beat the Yankees who outhit them with five total.

Ervin Santana threw eight spectacular shutout innings, giving up just five hits and striking out eight. He was given the win after the Angels put themselves ahead in the ninth. K-Rod then threw a 1-2-3 ninth with one strikeout for his 45th save.

The Angels look to clinch the series on Saturday in front of a nationally televised crowd. Riding an 11-2 record since the All-Star break, the Angels send Jered Weaver to the mound to face veteran Mike Mussina. Weaver is looking for his tenth win and looks to improve his record to a perfect 3-0 against the Yankees. Mussina has had an outstanding season, with a 13-7 record and is 15-9 lifetime against the Angels. The Angels lineup will be without Torii Hunter’s bat for the next two games; he is leaving the team to attend his grandmother’s funeral. Gary Matthews, Jr. will likely get the nod in place of Hunter, who should return on Monday.

Three Three-Run HRs Give Angels Win Over Yankees

by @ 7:45 am. Filed under 2008 Angels, Angels Season Lookbacks

The Angels blasted three three-run shots in a 12-6 victory over the Yankees in the Bronx to put their win streak at four.

Two of those homeruns came in the third off Andy Pettitte to put the Angels up 6-0. Torii Hunter drove the first three-run shot to right center with two outs after Chone Figgins led off with a single and Mark Teixeira smacked his first hit as an Angel. Juan Rivera then went the other way over the left field fence to make it 6-0 after Garret Anderson and Howie Kendrick were on with singles. The Angels chased away Pettitte in the sixth after Jeff Mathis doubled and was driven home by Figgins’ RBI-single. Erick Aybar then walked and Vlad blasted his own three-run shot. The Angels added two more in the eighth off Aybar’s RBI-triple and Teixeira’s RBI-single. Both Anderson and Figgins had 4 for 5 nights.

Jon Garland was backed up enough to get his 10th win. He gave up three runs on seven hits through six-plus innings. He allowed a solo homerun to Bobby Abreu in the fourth and a two-out RBI-single to Johnny Damon in the fifth. He was lifted in the seventh after surrendering another solo homerun. Darren Oliver then pitched two scoreless innings before Darren O’Day came on for the ninth and allowed the Yankees to rally for three runs. O’Day was pulled and Jose Arrendondo finished the job.

The Angels went 19-6 in July and still only have two losses since the All-Star break. Ervin Santana will shoot for his 12th win and face Sidney Ponson, who is 6-2 with a 4.59 ERA. Santana is 0-2 in his last two starts and is facing the Yankees for the first time this season while Ponson is 7-2 lifetime in 11 starts against the Angels.

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