Halo Highlights- Angels Honor 2002 Champs Then Blow Eight Run Lead

By Jason Evans

You can officially look at the Angels in two different ways:

A. This is rockbottom and there’s nowhere to go but up

B. They’re done and anyone without the last name Trout, Pujols or Weaver needs to be traded before next season.

Aug 18, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson (33) reacts after being pulled out of the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

I believe it to be more A than B however at this point, I’m not sure I can argue with you if you think B after the Angels blow a 8-0 lead and lose 10-8 last night to Tampa Bay.

It started out great. The Angels were honoring the 2002 World Series team before the game. Guys like Salmon and Erstad were back at the park. The Angels jumped on Alex Cobb quickly as well. Mike Trout led off with his 23rd homer of the year. Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols singled and were brought home by Kendrys Morales and Mark Trumbo who had singles of their own. In the second, Erick Aybar singled and stole second and Trout drove him in with a single. Trout stole second and Torii Hunter doubled him in. Pujols then hit his 27th of the season. In the third, Trout had another RBI single.

Then the top of the fifth happened. Sean Rodriguez and Ryan Roberts singled and Jose Lobaton walked to load the bases. Sam Fuld brought a run in with a single. Desmond Jennings walked to bring home another run. Ben Zobrist cleared the bases with a double and then Evan Longoria hit his sixth homer of the year to make it 8-7. In the sixth, Roberts doubled, went to third on a passed ball and Lobaton hit a sac fly to tie the game. In the eighth, Carlos Pena hit his 16th homer of the season, a two run shot, to give the Rays the lead and the win.

Zack Greinke and Matt Moore will conclude the series this afternoon at 12:35PT/3:35ET. Greinke probably had his best outing since being traded to the Angels against the Rays so we’ll see if he can duplicate it today.