Angels Stung By Rays, Lose 7-1

By Saxon Baird

It was less than a week ago that Jason Vargas faced the Tampa Bay Rays. In that game at Tropicana Field, Vargas went 7 strong innings and allowed just 2 hits for a win. Could Vargas continue the magic against Tampa Bay in Anaheim?

September 3, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jason Vargas (60) pitches during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The magic Vargas had last week against the Rays was no where to be found tonight. In just four innings of work, Vargas allowed 10 hits and five runs before getting yanked. In didn’t help the Los Angeles Angels that Matt Moore, making his first start since July, came out and pitched like he’d never missed a beat, holding the Angels to just 1 unearned run despite walking four in 5 1/3 innings of work.

Even after Moore left the game due to a reduced pitched count, the Angels offensive wasn’t able to muster any of the potency that it displayed last night in its 11-2 rout. Roberto Hernandez came in and absolutely dominated the Angels, striking out 6 in 3 2/3 innings of perfect baseball.

Jered Weaver takes the hill tomorrow against the Rays who will start the struggling Jeremy Hellickson.