The Angels completed a sweep of the Red Sox with a 5-2 victory on Thursday night. Zack Greinke was especially good (7 IP, 7 SO, 2 BB, 5 H, 2 R) and the offense was able to put up five runs against stud-turned-bum Jon Lester. The bullpen failed to live up to expectations, and turned in two scoreless innings to put the icing on the cake.
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After a stunning come from behind victory on Tuesday night, I tweeted this:
If this win doesn’t create a spark in that clubhouse, then I dont know what will.
— justin millar (@Justinmillar1) August 29, 2012
And the spark may have been lit.
Knocks on wood.
The Angels got off to an early 9-1 lead, bringing back memories of August 18th, when the Angels jumped to a quick 8 run lead, before CJ Wilson and the bullpen blew it by allowing the Rays to stake a 10-run comeback win.
Luckily, this time the Angels held on to win.
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Mike Trout broke out of his mini slump to pace the Angels to a crucial 6-5, walkoff victory over the Boston Red Sox, going 3-for-5 including the game-tying in the bottom of the 9th. Trout’s heroics saved an ineffective* Jered Weaver (7 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4ER, 1BB, 5 K) from his third straight loss at home.
* By his standards.
Try as they might to fight them off, relievers are forever beholden to the small sample size dragons. By no fault of their own, a relief pitcher can look like god one year and be gone the next (see: Lidge, Brad).
I think we all intuitively understand this volatility, in a way, but have trouble coming to terms with it because everyone else on the field operates with so much more stability. And, well, what the hell else are we going to complain about?