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No no hitter for Weaver, but Twins find a Diamond in the rough

Posted By Bill Mahoney On May 9 2012 @ 12:57 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

Come on, how many of you thought that Jered Weaver would no-hit the Twins…again? You had to be feeling a little more anxious after Weaver retired the first 6 batters.

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The balloon was deflated after Weaver walked Trevor Pfouffe to open the 3rd. He still had a no hitter going. At least until the next batter Eric Komatsu singled. Johnny Vander Meer can rest in peace for another couple weeks.

Can you believe the Angels were shutout for the 7th time this season, after falling on Tuesday, 5-0. My gosh, that’s their 7th time in only 31 games. That equates to about 37 shutouts they’ll suffer this year. I know that won’t happen, but then I didn’t think they’d be shutout 7 times all year.

Dan Haren had one his rougher starts Tuesday against the Twins. Haren was pulled in the 4th inning. All that means is his next start, this weekend in Texas, will be a good one.

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It looks like the early bullpen struggles are a thing of the past. First the Halos acquired Ernesto Frieri from the Padres, who has pitched lights out since joining the team. Now they brought in hard throwing David Pauley, who pitched great, Tuesday in Minnesota. Pauley is another schizophrenic type of pitcher, but if he can give the Angels more quality innings than bad ones, than it’s a great move.

Sorry Kevin Jepsen fans, he is now in Salt Lake. Don’t worry too much, I guarantee he’ll be back real soon.

Like I said up top, the Angels offense is still struggling. Since his home run Sunday against the Jays, Albert Pujols has gone 1-10 with 2 RBI. I guess his slump continues. His batting average is still below the Mendoza line at .190.

After getting 8 runs on Monday, the Halos came up empty on Tuesday.

That was to be expected as the Halos were facing Scott Diamond–haha. Diamond, you see, had a 0-5 record with an ERA in the 5′s before blanking the Angels through 7 innings for his first Major League victory.

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Diamond had also walked 17 batters<a in his 39 career innings prior to tonight. He only walked one guy tonight, but the Angels are a free-swinging bunch.

The night before, the Twins had no answer for the hittin' Halos, who pounded out 8 runs on 10 hits. They got power from Alberto Callaspo, and clutch hitting from most every player in the lineup. Wonder what happens night to night.

Gotta move on. It’s not even June and the Angels will conclude their season series against the Twins on Wednesday. Ervin Santana throws for the Halos, but since the Angels haven’t scored a run for him in his last 5 starts, it might be another shutout loss. Let’s hope not, as Santana doesn’t deserve to be 0-7.

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