Tommy Hanson pitches five magically-strong innings of smoke and mirrors baseball and it’s more than enough for the Angels as they beat Boston in the first game of today’s doubleheader 9-5.
The Angels took an early lead in the second when Erick Aybar singled on a ground ball to left fielder Mike Carp, scoring Howie Kendrick and then extended that lead in the third with a sac fly from Pujols and RBI ground out from Mark Trumbo.
Tha Sawx made things interesting for awhile when Mike Carp homered to right in the fourth. and a Daniel Nava single which scored Jacoby Elsbury with a little help from a Josh Hamilton error to cut the Angels lead to one.
Patience at the plate and small ball ruled the day though; and it was a close game til the top of the seventh inning when the Halos really put the game out of reach with a 5 run outburst. That outburst was helped by Sawx reliever Franklin Morales who gave up three consecutive walks in a wicked pissah of an appearance for Boston.
Mark Trumbo showed his secret weapon today for the second time, the well-timed, well-aimed slap hit to right field. It literally looks like he’s hitting a volley in tennis when he does it but damn was it effective!
In true Angels’ bullpen fashion, Garrett Richards did do his best to give the BoSox hope however, giving up six hits and three runs in the ninth and forcing manager Mike Scioscia to bring in Ernesto Frieri to finish the game.
Maybe the most interesting thing about game one though was today’s lineup. Trout was back at lead off… but Hamilton hit from the two hole. Crazy, right? But I think Scioscia could finally be on to something, that same something many Angels fans have been begging for all season. Who knows… Maybe this is the move that’ll stick and this team has needed to get Hamilton going.
On to game 2. Let’s go Halos!