Goodbye Baltimore, see ya next year. The Angels left Maryland with good taste in their mouth though. An 11-2 thrashing of the Orioles kept the Angels very slim playoff hopes alive.
When I think of a power hitter, Erick Aybar always comes to my mind first. The Angels shortstop went 4-4, with two home runs, 4 RBI, and also scored 5 runs. Playing the master of the obvious again, I’ll tell ya that was Aybar’s first multi home run day of his career. Every regular except Peter Bourjos joined in on the fun. Bourjos is slumping, going 1 for his last 19, and 1 for his last 12. Didn’t need him today.
I should have mentioned this yesterday, but I watched Ervin Santana hit Mark Reynolds in the head with a pitch. I agree with Reynolds statement on Sunday, when he said that Santana was trying to hit him, but he didn’t mean to hit him in the head. The O’s hit Santana pretty hard in the first, and I bet he was quite teed off.
Sunday’s game, home plate umpire Laz Diaz warned both benches after Alfredo Simon plunked Mark Trumbo in the 1st inning. I liked it even more that he had a personal conversation with Jered Weaver in the bottom of the inning. He must have remembered the Detroit fiasco.
Now what I don’t understand. Brad Bergeson hit Jeff Mathis in the helmet later in the game. Why wasn’t he ejected? Was it because of Bergeson’s reaction? He appeared to be upset, but that shouldn’t matter. I know it’s a judgement call, but I bet if Weaver pitched a Oriole too tight, he’d a been tossed. Maybe Bergeson wasn’t tossed because Diaz realized he hit Mathis. With that .183 average, he must have thought that there was no way that was done on purpose. I know, that’s a low blow.
Weaver picked up his career high 18th win on Sunday. That is came on 3 days rest was impressive. Weaver still has an shot of winning 20, although #20 would come against against the Rangers. It would be awesome if he could win 20 on the day the Angels clinched the division. Not gonna happen–the division part, at least.
If Felix Hernandez spins another one of his great games, the Angels will find themselves just 3.5 back. Unfortunately, the Halos have to play in Toronto, against the always tough Blue Jays. This isn’t a good matchup for the Halos. I can see them, maybe, splitting the 4 games, but I really think they’ll lose 3 of 4. That will put the cap on what has become a surprising, fun season.
I wish they could have pocketed some of those runs they scored today, to use for tomorrow. Damn MLB rules.
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.