Halo Highlights: Five Run Second Leads to Angel Victory

By Jason Evans

Well now, could the Angels have turned a corner? They say in baseball that momentum is as good as tomorrow’s starting pitcher. Ervin Santana kept it going. Santana went seven strong and the bats exploded early as the Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 8-4.

Aug 15, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (27) celebrates with Los Angeles Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick (47) after he hits a home run against the Cleveland Indians during the fourth inning at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

The Angels put pressure on early with a five run second. Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo singled. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Alberto Callaspo singled home Morales. Vernon Wells reached on an error which allowed Trumbo to score. Maicer Izturis reached on a bunt which loaded the bases. Chris Iannetta hit a sac fly to drive in another run. Mike Trout‘s groundout moved Wells to third. Trout stole second and Erick Aybar tripled everyone in. The Angels tacked on a run in the third when Wells drove in Morales with a groundout. In the fourth, Trout hit a solo shot, his 22nd of his year.

The Indians got on the board in the sixth when Ezequiel Carrera singled and was driven home on Asdrubal Cabrera‘s double. The Angels got the run back in the bottom half when Iannetta hit his sixth homer of the year. In the eighth, Shin-Soo Choo hit a three run homer, his 14th of the year.

We’ll see if the Angels can keep it going today when they start a four game series with the Tampa Bay Rays who may be a very angry team after Felix Hernandez’s perfect game against them yesterday. David Price and Dan Haren will be dueling at 7:05PT/10:05ET