Last night, the Angels were in it until Ryan Brasier left one up to Nate McLouth in the ninth inning. A fine start by Joe Blanton was wasted as the Angels woes continued. Tonight, there would be none of that mess.
The Angels got to scoring early when Mark Trumbo hit his fourth home run in his last five games, giving him seven on the year. For his career, mark’s best month of the season, has been May *Checks calendar to make sure that it is in fact May* *Sees that it’s May* *Fist pump*, this could get fun watching the big man. Mike Trout added on to the lead in the fifth inning when he muscled an 0-1 slider over the fence for a two run home run, his fourth of the season. Trout then collected his third two-out RBI of the night when he singled home Alberto Callaspo in the seventh. Not a bad night for the TnT boys.
But this night belonged to Jason Vargas. Vargas twirled a three-hit, compete game shut out, striking out three in the process. He didn’t surrender a hit until the fifth inning. After the 19 inning loss to Oakland last week, and a string of sub par starting pitcher performances, having Blanton go eight innings last night coupled with Vargas’ complete game effort tonight should go a long way towards getting the team’s beleaguered bullpen back on it’s feet. Of course, this game could’ve been won simply because the bullpen didn’t have a chance to blow it. But, whatever, the Angels won, and the halo is lit tonight.
Tomorrow the Angels will send Tommy Hanson to the mound to square off against Freddy Garcia at 1:05 PM PST. Garcia was called up specifically for this start. Hanson has allowed only two runs over his last two starts, and in his last start in Oakland, he pitched six solid innings, striking out six and walking only one. Before Vargas’ masterpiece tonight, Hanson was the only Angels starter with a sub-4 ERA. Here’s to continuing the streak of solid starting pitcher performances tomorrow, and to the halo remaining lit.