Wow. What a game. Just, so much craziness. Even better then the comeback against St. Louis the other night. Partially because it’s the Red Sox, and partially because, Josh Hamilton.
After almost nine full innings complete, this game had “Angels loss” written all over it. So much so, that I actually had an “Angels Lose to the Red Sox” post game report all queued up. Could you blame me? Jerome Williams on two days rest? Seven walks by Angels pitching? No signs of life from the Angels offense? Yeah, yeah. I know. Shame on me.
The Red Sox got on the board quickly in the first. Jacoby Ellsbury swiped third base for his 35th steal of the season. On the play, Chris Iannetta‘s errant throw (Shocker) allowed Ellsbury to come home for the game’s first run. A second Sox run was added the next inning when Brock Holt lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, driving home Daniel Nava.
The Angels bats woke up in the bottom half of the second. Howie Kendrick got the Angels on the board with his 12th home run of the season. Maybe he was a little peeved at being snubbed earlier today when the All-Star teams were revealed. Two batters later, Iannetta atoned for his error earlier in the game by singling home Erick Aybar to tie the game up at two apiece. An inning later, the Angels experienced their only lead of the game when Mike Trout went click-click boom over both bullpens in left field. AKA, big boy territory.
The Red Sox answered back, rallying for three runs in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and an RBI single by Jose Iglesias. Swinging the lead back into the Red Sox favor, and pushing the score to 5-3.
In the sixth inning, with the Angels on their third pitcher of the night in Michael Kohn, Dustin Pedroia plated Shane Victorino with an RBI single. And two innings later, Daniel Nava doubled home the scrappy Boston second baseman, making the score the 7-3.
But the Angels weren’t going down without a fight. Singles by Iannetta and Shuck, and Mike Trout getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases for Albert Pujols. Pujols delivered a two-RBI single. That was then followed up by Josh Hamilton extending his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single to right making the score 7-6. That was followed up by Howie Kendrick sending a groundball to third that was thrown into right field, allowing the tying run to score.
After a scoreless tenth for both sides, and the Red Sox failing to score in the 11th, Trout led off the Angels half, striking out looking. Brad Hawpe followed that up with a basehit, and then Hamilton made HamilBOMB a thing. Josh lifted a booming two-run walk off home run to right-center field. Sending the Angels and their fans home extra happy. This really could be that time where the real Josh Hamilton finally shows up. This is about to get bonkers ladies and gentlemen.
The Angels wrap up the season series with Boston tomorrow night at 5:05PM PST when they send Jered Weaver to the mound to square off with Ex-Angel, John Lackey. Light up the halo, light it up extra bright. It is 2:40 in the morning here on the east coast, and I’m pretty sure I won’t be going to sleep any time soon.