Remember back at the beginning of June, Peter Bourjos was struggling. His average was in the mid two-thirties, and things looked like they were going too fast for the 1st full year center fielder. Fast forward 2 months later, and Bourjos looks like a wily veteran.
His average now up to .270, and looks unstoppable. After getting the Angels off on the right foot Wednesday, he came back Thursday and did the same thing. Doubling in the 2nd, and scoring on a Jeff Mathis single to short left field.
He came back in the 4th, and caused more damage. Reaching on an infield single, then taking 3rd on Mathis tapper back to the mound. Great heads up baseball for Bourjos. He would score again on Maicer Izturis single.
We all know about his defense, but if his bat continues to shine, other teams will be in trouble. Watching him become a true Major League player is great to see.
It’s also a pleasure to watch the maturation on Mark Trumbo. For the 2nd time in 3 nights, Trumbo hit a long home run. His 21st of the year put the Angels up 4-0, and the Halos never looked back. Trumbo ended up going 2-4, with 4 RBI. Trumbo finished with 2 home runs and 7 RBI in the 3 games. If he keeps hitting bombs, the Halos won’t need another bat.
Dan Haren, replacing Tyler Chadwick, pitched another great game. 8 innings of 1 runs ball, after allowing Detroit 1 run in a complete game effort 5 days ago. Haren’s ERA in his last 3 starts is 1.11. He has also won 6 of past 7 decisions, improving his record to 12-6.
The only blemish on Harens game was supplied by Jim Thome. Thome hit his 598 career home run on Thursday. All the stories you’ve heard about Thome are true, he is a great guy. A true gentleman of the game.
Torii Hunter enjoyed his reunion with his ex-team, batting .500 in the 3 games. Hopefully, he’ll keep it going this weekend against Seattle.
Another bit of good news for Angel fans is Joel Pineiro has been taken out of the rotation. Pineiro, who is sporting an ERA close to 15 in his last 4 starts, will be sent to the pen. The Angels have yet to announce who will take Pineiro’s spot in the rotation.
I believe Jered Weaver will start tomorrow against the Mariners. He’ll probably start serving his suspension after that. I am surprised that he didn’t start his suspension earlier this week. If he would have just accepted his punishment on Tuesday, he would be back in time to start in New York, next week. I would rather have him starting against the tough Yankees, instead of the lowly Mariners, but that’s just me.
The last time the M’s were in town, the Angels swept all 4 games from them. Let’s hope they can take 3 more. The Angels still trail the Rangers by a game in the AL West.
About the Author
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.