Nothing like starting a a six game road trip with your best pitcher on the mound. Jered Weaver started and delivered, overcoming a 30 minute rain delay to beat the White Sox 4-3.
Weaver is pitching as well as any big name in baseball. Tonight he went 7 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs to lower his ERA to 1.30. He probably would’ve given up 1 run, but after the rain delay, he left a hanging curve ball up in the zone and Adam Dunn knocked it out of the park. Weavers next start should be on Wednesday against the division leading Texas Rangers.
The Angels pen was also up to the task, pushing their scoreless streak to 25.1 innings. A shaky Fernando Rodney and a sharp Jordan Walden pitched the last 2 innings for the Halos.
Offensively, the Angels were led by Maicer Izturis, who went 3-5, with 2 RBI. He could’ve had more, but he struck out with the bases loaded in the 8th inning. Izturis has been nothing short of spectacular this season, as his .333 average attests. I just hope he doesn’t get injured, because the Angels can ill afford to lose his bat.
The fact the Angels scored 4 was a bit surprising considering their 2-3-4 hitters combined to go 0-14, with 4 strikeouts. Bobby Abreu did have a home run stolen from him by Sox left fielder Juan Pierre.
What’s up with Alberto Callaspo? The Halos 3rd baseman picked up another 3 hits tonight, raising his average to a team leading .356. I keep wanting to plug Callaspo in to the utility spot, but he may be the Angels best option at 3rd–sorry Woody. Callaspos only blemish was not catching Gordon Beckhams pop up that preceded Dunns’ bomb.
Could there be a changing of the Guard? Jeff Mathis wasn’t in the lineup, replaced by rookie Hank Conger. Mathis caught Weavers 15 strikeout game and Dan Harens 1-hitter so I was surprised to see Conger. I don’t know, but maybe Mathis was hurt or maybe Mike Scioscia wants to see if he can get a little more offense out of the catcher position. I would think that Mathis will be back in the lineup on Saturday.
One place the Angels expected to see offense was left field, but Vernon Wells continues to struggle. Wells got a hit tonight and is now batting .113. Now I could tell you that Wells is 3 for his last 36, but I will be positive and say that he is actually 2 for his last 9. I think .222 is better than 083. I’m trying, please bear with me.
Nice to see the Angels win on the south side of Chicago. They had lost 7 straight, and 9 of 10, at the Cell until tonights victory.
Tomorrow will be a truer test for the Angels lineup. Gavin Floyd, coming off an 8 inning, no earned run performance, goes for the Sox. Tyler Chatwood, who pitched well in his big league debut against the Indians, takes the hill for the Halos.
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Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.