The Power of the Rally Monkey is in Full Effect for the Angels
July 5, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) is doused by center fielder Mike Trout (27) following the 11-5 victory against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Through 100 games the Los Angeles Angels have compiled 60 wins, which is good for a winning percentage of .600. However, more than half of their wins have been of the come from behind fashion.
The Angels have a major league leading 31 come from behind victories along with the best home record in baseball at 35-18. As one would expect, these comeback victories have been exciting for all of the fans and has them believing the Angels can do big things this season.
The Angels have had many memorable comebacks this year. The first this season came back on April 12 against the New York Mets.
Down 6-3 with two outs in the 9th, Raul Ibanez pinch hit and hammered a game-tying three-run home run. This would be one of only three home runs Ibanez would hit with the Angels.
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The next comeback came on May 15, when Mike Trout launched a three-run walk-off homer against the Tampa Bay Rays. The most memorable comeback in 2014 so far, came on June 7 versus the Chicago White Sox, where Trout capped off the comeback with a game-tying grand slam off of Chris Sale in the 8th.
Perhaps the best part of all of these comebacks is the fact that it hasn’t necessarily been only one player who is always counted on. Instead it has been a total team effort. Eight different players have hit a walk-off for the Angels this year. They’ve pulled together when it matters and have gotten timely hits.
Comeback victories made this a year to remember. Here is a list of the top five so far in 2014:
June 7 vs. Chicago White Sox
With the score at 5-1, Trout comes to bat with the bases loaded and hits a game-tying grand slam off of Chris Sale in the eight. Later in the inning, Erick Aybar knocks in an RBI single to give the Angels a 6-5 win.
May 15 vs. Tampa Bay Rays
The Angels entered the 9th inning trailing 5-2. The bottom of the order chipped away and got two runners on for Trout. The two-time All-Star launched his first career walk-off home run to lead the Angels to a 6-5 victory.
July 4 vs. Houston Astros
Trailing 6-3 early, the Angels came back to tie the game at six. Then to lead off the ninth, Trout hit his second walk-off homer and gave the Halos a 7-6 win.
July 5 vs. Houston Astros
In the 7th inning, the Angels were behind 5-2, then the flood gates opened and the Angels scored eight runs in route to an 11-5 win.
July 9 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
With the Angels down 6-3, Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols each hit home runs and the Halos were victorious 8-7.