Looks like the Angels have some starting pitching depth now huh? Garrett Richards continues his impressive streak as the Angels beat the Diamondbacks 2-0 to win the series. Richards, since his recall from AAA when Jered Weaver got hurt, has only given up two earned runs in 20 innings. He did have a little control issue walking four while striking out five but he still had a decent ratio of 66 strikes to 39 balls.
The Angel bats didn’t get going until the fourth when Albert Pujols delivered his 10th home run of the year so far. I don’t think any Angel fan thought we’d be talking about 10 home runs for Albert Pujols on father’s day but so be it. Peter Bourjos‘ speed lead to the second run. After Erick Aybar doubled and Hank Conger bunted him to third, Bourjos manged to go to second after grounding into a fielder’s choice to third baseman Josh Bell who decided to get Aybar at the plate. Mike Trout then doubled him in to give the Angels that extra insurance.
The Angels only scored four runs for the series and yet won two of the games thanks to the great starting pitching of Ervin Santana and Richards. In fact, since leaving Colorado last weekend, the most the Angels have scored is three runs in their past six games. With the pitching rich Giants and Dodgers coming to town, we’ll see if this trend continues.