Angels game recap: The Oakland Athletics are almost assuredly headed to the playoffs and the Los Angeles Angels are not. Despite these near certain fates, tonight was a different tale for these two AL West rivals.
Jarrod Parker got the start tonight for the boys in the pea and corn colors. And despite being a huge contributor to Oakland’s strong season, particularly down the stretch, the right-handed bubblegum chewer just didn’t have it tonight. The Los Angeles Angels jumped on Parker early, scoring two runs in the first inning capped off by a pair of RBI via singles off the bats of Kole Calhoun and Josh Hamilton.
Fast-forward to fifth inning and the Los Angels Angels hit parade begin to march out. The inning started with three straight hits including an RBI double from Mike Trout. Then Kole Calhoun, Hank Conger and Andrew Romine all contributed with RBI singles to drive up the Angels run total to 8 as the Angels batted around, driving Parker out of the game.
By the 7th inning, both teams put the game on cruise control as the starters begin to get replaced with bench guys for some late season at-bats. Even John Hester got the swing a bat (he walked!).
Someone didn’t tell Mike Trout to slow it down, though, as he added to the Angels lead with a gigantic two-run home run in the eight inning to dead center. Mark Trumbo, not to be out done, added on with another two-run home run for himself the same inning. Don’t forget who the Angels home run leader is, Mikey.
Every Angels starter in the game got a base-hit. C.J. Wilson was solid. Light it up and chalk up a moral crushing for the boys in red. Let’s hope they got some power left in those Louisville Sluggers tomorrow.