Has it really been 10 years since the Angels and Giants have played each other? It seem like yesterday that the Angels won their first World Series with an exciting 7 game series win over the guys from the Bay area.
Both teams are completely different, but the intensity is still the same.
Feel bad for Jerome Williams. The former Giant was excited to face his ex-team. By the 4th inning, he was out of the game. By the 7th he was in the hospital. By the next day he was on the disabled list.
Breathing problems was the reason Williams was put on the DL. I hope he gets right, no matter how long it takes.
The Angels had a good chance to beat Matt Cain, who pitched a perfect game in his last start against the Astros. The no hitter lasted one batter for Cain. Mike Trout led off the game with a single. Trout had another huge series, finishing 7-13, with 3 SB, 4 runs, 2 BB, and an RBI. It’s way too early, but he could go down as the Angels best lead-off hitter—ever!
Trout did all this damage with his parents in the crowd.
The Angels did get 3 runs off the Giants ace, but that was it. San Francisco pitching retired the final 16 Angels.
Just like the past series against the D-backs, the Angels took over in games 2 and 3. Safe to say Barry Zito isn’t the same pitcher he was with the A’s.
The Angels used the lefthander as batting practice, scoring 8 earned runs off the guy in just over 3 innings.
The Angels sent 9 batters to the plate in the 2nd, the big hit coming off the bat of Albert Pujols, who smoked a 3-run home run to left.
Angels led 9-1 after 4 innings. I thought the game was over. I was wrong. Those damn Giants wouldn’t go away. From the 5th through the 8th the Giants leadoff man reached base. Only 2 great defensive plays by Pujols stopped the Giants from crawling all the way back. You know who the Giants reminded me of? The Angels—-of 2002!! Pesky guys, those Giants.
C.J. Wilson lost his stuff with such a big lead. He actually needed 4 guys out of the pen to pick up his 8th win of the year.
No such problems for Jered Weaver, who made his first start in almost a month on Wednesday. He looked like he hadn’t missed a day, throwing 6 innings of shut out ball. He didn’t throw as hard as usual, but he didn’t have to. The Giants had no chance against the Angels no hit guy.
Big night on Wednesday for Bobby Wilson, who picked up his first extra-base hit of the year. I didn’t think I’d yearn for the days of Benjie Molina as much as I have the past few years.
Erick Aybar is hitting the ball well, going 5-11 in the series.
I am glad the Angels hit Shane Loux. After treating him like an All-Star on Monday, the Halos came back to pound him on Wednesday. Back to back home runs by Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo did him in. Loux stunk when he pitched in Anaheim.
One more interleague series for the Halos and it’ll be against the Dodgers starting Friday.
The Angels, as of Wednesday night, are 6 games above .500, but 5 games back of the Rangers.
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.