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All’s Wells that ends Wells

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Jul 22 2011 @ 10:40 pm In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

When I was growing up I remember the Orioles owning the Angels. Led by pitchers Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, Mike Flanagan and Scott McGregor, and sluggers Ken Singleton and Eddie Murray, The O’s tossed a lot of O’s at the Angels. However, I don’t remember those guys doing what the 2010-11 Orioles did to the Angels. Baltimore threw 32 consecutive scoreless innings against the Halos, dating back to last year. None of the pitchers on the Baltimore staff will ever be confused with any of the 4 guys I mentioned above. An impressive stat though.

It took the Angels in to the 7th inning to finally push some runs across against the team with the worst ERA in the AL. The Angels earned both the runs, but I do blame O’s manager Buck Showalter with making a bad call. I thought he was a huge stat guy? Torii Hunter was 2-3, with a home run against Orioles reliever Jason Berken. Anyhow, Showalter brought him in to pitch to the slumping Hunter, who proceeded to double in the Halos 2nd run. Thanks Buck.

Did you hear what the temperature was at the game? It was 104 degrees, not bad if you live in Vegas, like me, but the heat index was 114! That was the 2nd hottest game in the past 15 years in Baltimore. Heat index is how hot it feels on your skin.

Ervin Santana looked a lot like Jered Weaver. Weaver gave up a few more hits on Thursday, and one more run, but he looked just as dominant. Santana is just 5-8 this year, but he has pitched real well of late. In his past 7 starts, Santana has allowed more than 2 earned runs only one time. It’s hard to get any pub. when you have Weaver and Haren pitching in front of you.
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The Angels are getting the bullpen back in order. Fernando Rodney is back on the team, while Trevor Bell is now in Salt Lake. I’ll admit that I was nervous when the Halos were up by a run in the 8th, and Mark Gubicza said that Jordan Walden wasn’t available. The next picture they showed was Rodney warming up.

Thank you Vernon Wells for making Rodney a non-factor tonight. Wells grand slam was the first for the Halos since Mike Napoli hit one against the Rays last season.
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Hard to believe that Gregg was a unimpressive set up man when he pitched in Anaheim. He had his moments, I know, but who of you thought he would have 136 career saves AFTER leaving the Angels.

The Angels have now won 3 straight.

Go Angels!!

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