The Freeway Series has been more like highway robbery the past few years for the Angels. Since 2007, the Halos have posted a 20-10 overall mark against their freeway foes, including 10-5 at Dodger Stadium.
This year things were gonna be different, right? Although the games are competitive, the Angels still find ways to beat the boys in blue, taking 2 of 3 from them this week.
My first question is why? Why would Don Mattingly pitch to Albert Pujols with a base open and two outs in the 9th inning on Monday? I don’t care what Mark Trumbo is hitting, you don’t pitch to Pujols in that situation.
I am glad that they did. Pujols didn’t hit it hard, but still drove home Mike Trout with the winning run.
The Dodgers had no answer for Pujols, who continues to heat up, going 5-12 in his first taste of the Freeway Series.
The Dodgers finally figured out how to pitch to Trout in the final 2 games, as the phenom only had 1 hit in his final 9 at bats. I did like the recent story on Trout in last weeks Sports Weekly.
Who knew that Torii Hunter would be a great #2 hitter? The man went hitless on Wednesday, but is still 12 for his last 27.
It’s weird watching the Dodgers, who are in the process of collecting as many ex-Angels as they can. Take away Juan Rivera’s 3-run shot on Tuesday, and the trio of Rivera, Adam Kennedy and Bobby Abreu went 4-21.
With a chance to win Wednesday’s finale in the 9th, Abreu bounced out weakly to Ernesto Frieri.
It was an all around bad series for Kennedy, who made 1 physical error and one mental error on Tuesday, almost costing the Dodgers the game.
Do the Angels hurlers know something about A.J. Ellis that we don’t? They walked the guy 6 times in 3 games, including all 4 times on Monday. The guy is a good player, but 6 walks!
Mike Scioscia bobble head night? I’m sure that went over well with the Halos manager, who doesn’t like those type of things. Guys, he’s the Angels manager right now, let it go.
Nice to see the Kings and the Stanley Cup in the house on Wednesday. Really like how everyone is enjoying the Cup, while the players are getting their due.
They deserve each and every accolade that comes their way.
There was an Erick Aybar sighting. Aybar, who offensively has done next to nothng this year, finally came up big on Wednesday. His 9th inning home run gave the Halos the 2-1 win.
The Dodgers nearly tied it in the bottom of the inning. I was so sure they would, that I was in the process of writing that before Frieri got out of the jam. It all started by walking Ellis to open the inning, followed by a James Loney single. I figured it was going to at least be a tie game. Nope, a force out, strike out and ground out ended it. I wonder if he’ll get any All-Star love. He sure is pitching like one.
Pujols multi-hit game streak was snapped at 7 games.
Scott Downs is hurt, again.
Jerome Williams deserved to win Tuesday’s game, but so did Aaron Harang.
What do the Angels do with Garrett Richards when Jered Weaver returns? What a great predicament to be in for the Angels.
Halos now come home to face the Diamondbacks and Giants.
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.