The Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles by a score of 7-3 last night, bringing their record to 41-33 for the season. The Halos saw strong performances from both C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols, who collectively received over $300M when they agreed to join the Angels back in December.
Wilson had a fine night (7 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 SO, HR) and lowered his ERA to 2.36 for the season. He could benefit from missing more bats and his recent batted ball data suggests that his success is mostly attributable to pitching at Angel Stadium with a relatively strong defense.
The Angels struck first last night in the top of the 3rd inning. Mike Trout lead off with a double then scored when the next batter, Torii Hunter, picked up a base hit.
Albert Pujols brought the lead to 3-0 in the 5th inning when he crushed a two-run Schwinger to left center. Pujols’s struggles have been well documented in the comments in this section of this site, but he’s turned things this month, posting a .309/.388/.556 slash line in 98 June plate appearances. Small sample size, but nonetheless very solid production.
Steve Pearce hit a schwinger of his own in the bottom half of the 5th inning, smacking a solo shot over 400 feet. This was really Wilson’s only obvious mistake of the night.
Orioles’ starter Brian Matusz has struggled with consistency ever since his strong finish to the 2010 season. His struggles continued last night and in the 6th inning he gave up a two-run blast to Peter Bourjos, who’s only left the park twice this season (he also had one inside-the-parker). Matusz was done and the Halos had a 5-1 lead.
From there the Angels would coast to another victory, using Jason Isringhausen (who struggled a bit) and Jordan Walden to finish off the game.
Tonight, the O’s will send Jason Hammel to the bump against Halos’ ace Jered Weaver.
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