This past week was supposed to be a great opportunity for the Angels, they were hosting the lowly Chicago White Sox while the division leading Rangers faced the Yankees. Ideally the Halos would have been able to gain some ground but the White Sox clearly had different plans. On Memorial Day the Angels were absolutely run out of their building. Ervin Santana making his third start of the season was brutal, the Sox put up seven runs on nine hits to chase Ervin from the game. For the Angels it didn’t get any better, the Halos only managed to get out of the 6th and 8th inning without surrendering a run. The end result was a 17-3 pasting that once again cut off all momentum from a big Halos series win.
On Tuesday things didn’t get much better, the Rangers won big over New York while the Angels offense simply couldn’t come to life. When Bobby Abreu homered in the bottom of the seventh the Angels ended a 15-inning stretch without scoring a single run. Still though it was too little too late for the Halos. Vladimir Guerrero’s first hit of the DL, a single, was the lone bright spot of the evening as the Angels fell 4-2. On Wednesday the White Sox and Angels treated the fans to a good ole fashioned pitcher’s duel. Jered Weaver gave up the only run of the game heading to the bottom of the sixth inning. In that inning Gavin Floyd who had been unflappable, striking out eight to that point, came unraveled. Jeff Mathis started the Angels off with a single, ending his personal 0-15 slump. Chone Figgins followed suit and then Bobby Abreu brought them both in with a double off the wall. After two recorded outs Juan Rivera laced an RBI double, which gave the Angels a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish. With the win the Angels find themselves once again three games back of the Rangers heading into the weekend. Both teams return to division play this weekend with Texas hosting the Athletics and the Halos welcoming Seattle to town.
10:07 PM PT
Angels vs. Mariners
John Lackey (1-0, 6.00 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
- Tonight will be Lackey’s first start of the season without a specific pitch count.
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Written by Nich Hall