The Angels offense took the night off after an exhausting comeback on Thursday night and in doing so made Ex-Angel farmhand Miguel Gonzalez look brilliant. And where C.J. Wilson wasn’t awful by any means, he certainly wasn’t his best, pitching from behind in the count all night.
Through three and a half innings both teams were sitting with one hit a piece and not a single player getting in scoring position. When the bottom of the fourth started, it looked much of the same until Mark Trumbo crushed an opposite field home run to make it 1-0 Angels. That homer was a pretty trivial yet cool landmark as Trumbo in his 232nd game became the fastest to 50 career HRs in Angel history. The previous holder of that obscure record was Tim Salmon who did it in 245 games.
The lead didn’t last long as in the top of the 5th Erick Aybar, in spite of great early defense, couldn’t glove the infield hit by Wilson Betemit. Mark Reynolds then walked, and with C.J. apearing rattled and losing control, Steve Pearce hit a 3 run HR down left field line. With no outs it could have gotten worse but Wilson gets them down in order after the Pearce homer.
No offense in the 6th or 7th to speak of but Gonzalez continues to be impressive in his first major league start with outstanding control and aggressiveness. Through six innings he was up 0-2 in the count nine times.
The Angels were sleepwalking toward a loss until the bottom of the eighth, with two outs when Mike Trout, who was 0-3 w/2Ks grooved one over the center field wall for his 11th HR of the season off Oriole reliever Darren O’Day. It looked like the rally may continue as Torii Hunter just missed a home run himself off the right field wall and raced to a triple. Unfortunately Kendrys Morales popped out to keep it at 3-2 Baltimore going into the ninth. Unfortunately, that’s the way it ended as no threat came in the last frame.
Outside of two shots by the usual suspects of Trumbo and Trout the offense couldn’t get a read on a very impressive Gonzalez. A very ‘meh’ game if there was one.