The Los Angeles Angels got the news that yet another pitcher has been lost for the season due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow as rookie Nick Tropeano has become the latest victim to suffer this injury in the last 3 months.
Despite all this the Los Angeles Angels keep rolling as they completed their second straight series sweep defeating the Texas Rangers 7-4 Wednesday night in Anaheim. The Angels have now won six in a row and 10 of their last 12 games in hopes of getting back into the playoff chase. Leading the way was reserve infielder Jefry Marte hitting a three-run homer in the first inning. Albert Pujols continued his hot hitting going two for four with two runs scored and one RBI. Yunel Escobar also was two for four with two runs scored and two RBI’s.
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The Angels built an early 5-0 lead before the Rangers cut the lead in half with two runs in the third and one run in the fourth inning to make it 6-3. Hector Santiago and four relievers made the lead stand-up to cap a perfect 6-0 home stand. The Angels will now take to the road for six games against Houston and the defending World Champions the Kansas City Royals.
Santiago (8-4) had his scoreless streak snapped after 22 innings when he allowed two runs. JC Ramirez, Joe Smith, and Jose Alvarez pitched scoreless innings in relief of Santiago. Huston Street worked his way around three hits including a home run to Ian Desmond in the ninth to close the game and the series out.
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In related news pitcher Tyler Skaggs had another stellar performance for the Salt Lake City Bees Wednesday night pitching 5.2 innings giving up one hit and no runs while striking out 12 batters. Skaggs is in line to pitch next Tuesday in Kansas City replacing Nick Tropeano in the rotation. Skaggs has not pitched in a major league in two years now after tearing his UCL in his left elbow in the middle of the 2014 season and having Tommy John surgery to repair the elbow.
The Angels have climbed out of the AL West basement and are now setting their sights on getting back to .500 and back into playoff contention. This win streak also makes it an interesting time for Angels GM Billy Eppler who is not sure how much to sell before the July 31st trading deadline, or if to sell at all. Especially with all the pitching injuries the Angels can’t afford to trade away any of the starting pitching because they will need it next season with Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the last year of their contracts and possibly three starters on the DL for part or all of the 2017 season.
The Angels could use a little bit of good news right about now and this recent winning streak is providing just that. Here’s hoping it continues.