As the Los Angeles Angels have done all year they just keep fighting. Wednesday night’s clash with the Oakland A’s was no different. The Angels jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on HR’s by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, but it was quickly erased.
After the Los Angeles Angels got up early 3-0 many people might have thought they were going to just roll over the A’s. However, Oakland had other ideas as they struck Parker Bridwell for eight runs in the fourth inning and all of the sudden it looked like Oakland would run away and hide.
This however is an Angels squad reminiscent of the 2002 championship team as they already have amassed an American League-leading 39 come-from-behind victories this season. Albert Pujols got the comeback started by hitting his second home run of the game in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-5.
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For Pujols it was his 612th career home run which ties him for seventh place all-time with Jim Thome. The Angels wouldn’t stop there as Kole Calhoun drove in Mike Trout in the 7th with a single to cut the lead to 8-6. A couple of batters later Cliff Pennington strode to the plate and delivered his first career grand slam to right field to bring the Angels all the way back to a 10-8 lead.
The bullpen was stellar again as Jose Alvarez and Blake Parker pitched two scoreless innings to cap the 40th come-from-behind victory of the season and help keep the Angels within a game of Minnesota in the wild-card race.
What’s even better is that the Indians swept the Yankees in a double-header which brings the Angels within two games of the Bronx Bombers for the top wild-card spot. If the Angels could make their way into that spot they would host the one-game wild-card playoff.
With the moves the Angels made this afternoon acquiring Justin Upton from the Tigers the likelihood of the team making the playoffs just went up tenfold. However, as I have said before this team has heart, Justin Upton aside I think they still would qualify for the wild-card because the team refuses to give up. Upton should fit right in with this mantra and this season could turn out to be something special.
Angels vs. Dodgers World Series? One can dream.