Angels showing dominance, sweeping the White Sox
By Joshua Lea
The Angels have come out of the All-Star break swinging. This team looks better than it has in recent memory. One thing is clear, this team has put the month of June behind them and they’re ready to get back to winning ways in the month of July.
Over the weekend, Angel fans witnessed just how good this team can be. During the month of June the Angels looked as if they’ve taken a falling dive from grace. However, the month of July has given the Angels new life and their fans much to cheer for.
The Angels swept the Chicago White Sox following the All-Star break. In fact they outscored Chicago 16 to one. The Angels only allowed one run during a three-game series. Not only that, it was their first sweep of a team since May 15th, when the Angels swept the Seattle Mariners.
On Friday, the Angels beat the White Sox 7-0 behind a five-run inning in the seventh. Hector Santiago was brilliant in his performance versus his former team. In fact Santiago has had the White Sox number this season throwing a combined 14 shutout innings against his former team.
On the offensive side of the field, Daniel Nava started the five-run inning in the seventh with a leadoff double. This was followed with three straight RBI hits from Jefry Marte, Geovany Soto, and Andrelton Simmons.
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On Saturday, Matt Shoemaker pitched his first career shutout as the Angels again beat the White Sox 1-0. Shoemaker was epic, striking out 13 hitters and walking none. Over his last six starts Shoemaker has posted a 0.79 ERA at home. This season has been difficult for Shoemaker, who has pitched amazingly despite his 5-9 record. He does; however, have an ERA of 4.08.
On Sunday the Angels beat the Angels 8-1 behind a pair of homers from Albert Pujols. It’s the first time Pujols has hit a homer since July 2nd. Pujols now has 577 career homers, which put’s him at 11th on the all time list behind Mark McGwire.
Jered Weaver was once again dominant, which provides a story-line to his 2016 season. He was the third straight pitcher to shutout the White Sox for seven innings. Weaver has a 8-7 record this season with an ERA of 5.02.
The Angels have won seven of their last 10 games. They’ve already matched their total number of wins for the month of June with eight. After what was a dreadful month of June for the Angels, things are looking completely different for the month of June.
Next: Big series coming up against Rangers
The Angels will face the Texas Rangers at home in front of the Big A over the next three-days. Nick Tropeano will take the mound to duel against the division leading Texas Rangers. The Angels are hoping that can continue this momentum towards the wild card spot and chance at the post season.