The Halos won two of three against the Texas Rangers this weekend, seeing a pair of strong starts and modest offensive outputs.
On Friday night Jered Weaver turned in seven outstanding innings and held Texas to just one run while the offense, led by the explosive combination of T-N-T and Albert Pujols, plated six runs and left little doubt as to how things would go. Final score: 6-1, Angels.
Saturday saw a very different result. Ervin Santana managed just five outs, a third of what the Halos will expect from him going forward. Santana allowed eight hits and six runs before Mike Scioscia replaced him. The bullpen was solid but unspectacular, and the Angels had no answer for Yu Darvish, who surrendered just three hits in seven innings of work.
Trout went 1-for-3 with a walk on Saturday and stole his 31st base of the season. He’s good.
The final game of the series game was ESPN’s Sunday night game. Dan Haren made his first start since July 3 and held his own, allowing just a pair of runs over six innings. The Angels scored first after Trout led off the first with a triple, then came home on a ground-rule double by Albert Pujols.
With the Halos leading the game 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th, Bobby Wilson smacked a solo schwinger to left field for his first home run of the season. Three batters later, Pujols blew the game open with a two-run schwinger of his own to bring the score to 6-2.
The Angels tacked on an insurance run in the 8th inning, but failed to completely capitalize after having their first three batters reach base safely. In the bottom of the 9th, things got dicey as Texas loaded the bases against Ernesto Frieri, but the Angels’ closer (well, sort of closer) settled in and finished the series by striking out Josh Hamilton.
With a half-game lead over the final Wild Card contenders (Oakland and Baltimore) the Halos will take on the Kansas City Royals tomorrow as CJ Wilson takes the bump against Bruce Chen.
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