For two consecutive days now, I have plowed through levels in Candy Crush like it was no big deal. For two consecutive days now, the Angels have handled the Seattle Mariners like it was no big deal. I confess, I am an incredibly superstitious person. If this was all I had to do for the Angels to have a better season, I would have done it. As it stands, it is only ruining my hopes that the Angels will get a top-ten pick in next year’s draft. I’m going to be powering the game down now.
Before Angels starter Jason Vargas could take the mound, Mike Trout made his presence known. With one out and a man on, Trout launched his 22nd home run of the season to dead center field. As Angels play-by-play man, Victor Rojas said, the ball was covered by Trout.
With a lead before his first pitch, Vargas went to work doing what Angels pitchers do best; give Angels fans heartburn. Vargas did last 6.1 innings and struck out five, but he also allowed eight hits. Lots of baserunners can lead to bad, bad things, Jason. Please, stop doing that. After Vargas’ exit, the Angels relief corps allowed only two baserunners through 2.2 innings. J.C. Guttierez, Michael Kohn and Buddy Boshers combined to allow one hit while striking out three. Kohn did hit one batter, but he didn’t give up any home runs.
Mike Trout wasn’t the only Angel driving in runs tonight though. Kole Calhoun got into the act when he tripled home Mark Trumbo in the eighth. Chris Nelson followed that up with an RBI single to drive in Calhoun. Pushing the Angels lead to 5-1, just enough breathing room to keep me from OD’ing on Tums. Thanks, guys.
With Boshers setting the Mariners down in order in the ninth, the Halo was lit, the fans were happy, and Mike Scioscia was guaranteed lasagna. Today, was a good day.
The series concludes tomorrow when the Angels send Jered Weaver to the mound against the creepy looking Aaron Harrang. Seriously, he’s creepy. Game time is at 1:10 PM PST. Light up the Halo. Since it’s two days in a row, it shouldn’t be too hard to find the light switch.