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The never-say-die Angels live to fight another 3 games.
Posted By Bill Mahoney On Aug 25 2011 @ 2:28 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | 1 Comment
I’ve counted the Angels out about, ohh, 15 times, but they just won’t go away. They toyed with the White Sox over the past 2 days, and even more impressive is everybody contributed.
Evidently teams have to start worrying about Peter Bourjos scoring from first on a single to the outfield. He did just that on Tuesday, while the Sox were tossing the ball around like it was pre-game warmups. The Angels weren’t so lucky the 2nd time, as Howard Kendrick was thrown out trying to score from first on Vernon Wells hit in the 6th.
Ah yes, that Wells. After being told on Friday that he wouldn’t be playing as much as he had been, has been in the lineup 3 of the past 4 games. That showed him–haha. Wells batted .500 in the series, and actually looked like the player that we saw in June. Maybe he was just trying to outplay his former Toronto teammate, Alex Rios, who is having an equally horrible season for the Sox. Only problem, why does he keep trying to steal 3rd with less than 2 out? He was thrown out on Wednesday.
Going back to Bourjos. He had his hitting streak was snapped at 9. It was almost done at 8, but his walk off single on Tuesday extended it one more day. Bourjos batted .418 during the streak.
Ervin Santana pitched well enough to win, but had a brain fart in the 8th, on Tuesday. With the tying run on base, Santana gave Paul Konerko a pitch to hit, which he did, to tie the game. The only guy not to pitch to on the Sox is Konerko. That was Konerko’s 2000th hit. Congratulations to him. Still wonder how he would’ve looked wearing Halo red.
Thought Kendrick would get the cycle on Tuesday. Started out by hitting a home run, and a triple, but came up empty after that.
I guess the pressure to live up to his new contract hasn’t gotten to Jered Weaver. Weaver pitched 7 innings of shut out ball on Wednesday. I love his comment about not needing more money. With our society’s preoccupation with money, it’s nice to see a guy not squeeze every last dollar out of a team. And I don’t give a damn how Weavers decision might hurt the Rangers CJ Wilsons money scramble at the end of the year. I think Weaver understood that the best to place for him to play, is at home, in front of his friends and family. Kudos to him.
I do feel bad for agent Scott Boras, who upon Weaver’s decision, applied for food stamps, and the WIC program. If you are reading this and want to start a fund raiser for the guy, I’m all in.
Weavers personal catcher, Jeff Mathis, contributed with the bat on Wednesday. His booming 2-run double gave the Angels a 3-0 lead in the 2nd inning. May was the last time Mathis drove in 2 in front of the home crowd. He also had a couple more good swings later on, before striking out in his final 2 at bats.
Mike Trout got his first career pinch hit, by singling in the 8th inning. It will be a surprise if Trout makes many pinch hitting appearances over the next few years.
Jordan Walden pitched an inning without giving up a lead, or a run on Tuesday. Congratulations to him. The same can be said for Fernando Rodney, who fortunately for him, wasn’t forced to back up a base either.
Torii Hunter is still hot, going 3-6 with a home run in the past 2 games. If not for his ofer against the Orioles on Sunday, Hunter would have a 21 game hitting streak.
Thursday is a travel day for the Angels. After that it’s 3 games, in Texas, against the Rangers. It looks like Santana and Weaver will be pitching on 3 day rest. Dan Haren will go Friday.
Angels are 2.5 games out of first, and if the Rangers fall on Thursday to the Red Sox, it’ll be even closer.
With 6 straight wins, things are getting exciting.
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