The Angels finished off their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks with consecutive 2-0 victories, this after dropping the first game 5-0. The Angels’ offense struggled throughout, but it was able to provide enough support for the sterling starting pitching.
In the opening game, the Halos looked lost against Diamondbacks’ starter Trevor Cahill. The sinkerballer was practically unhittable, generating insane movement on four types of pitches. Cahill can be fun to watch when he’s on, but there’s nothing fun about facing him. The Angels managed just three hits in seven innings.
Dan Haren went for the Angels, and was actually much better than his line would have you believe. Haren had allowed just one run, and four baserunners, until a two-out rally in the top of the 6th inning. Mike Scioscia’s decision to intentionally walk Miguel Montero to bring up Aaron Hill proved to be catastrophic, as Hill cranked a three-run schwinger to bring the score to 4-0. The DBacks would never look back.
Funny enough, Arizona would fail to score in the rest of the series after their rally against Haren. Ervin Santana flirted with perfection until Justin Upton recorded the team’s only hit of the night with two outs in the 7th inning. Santana held on to the one-hitter and picked up the seventh shutout of his career.
In the final game, Garrett Richards put together another gem for the Halos, going eight shutout innings. Even so, Richards’ spot in the rotation may not be secure when Jered Weaver returns, simply because of issues with service time and roster construction. Ernesto Frieri finished off the game, picking up his seventh save of the season for the Halos.
The Angels have managed to score only 11 runs in their past six games, but it hasn’t mattered much because of the dominance of the pitching staff. That’ll have to continue, as the Angels face a pretty good pitcher in Matt Cain tonight.
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