Over the past 13 games the Los Angeles Angels have scored more than three runs in a game only twice. Not surprisingly the Angels went 4-9 in that stretch. On Wednesday night that all changed in a big way.
The Los Angeles Angels bats were silence by some of the AL’s best pitchers during their recent slump. Names like Rick Porcello, David Price, Luis Severino, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, and Masahiro Tanaka all limited the Angels to two runs or less. The only pitcher the Angels beat was Gerrit Cole who had an ERA of 0.96 going into the game. The Angels beat Cole 2-0.
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So on Wednesday night the Angels were hoping to bust out against another tough customer in the Orioles Dylan Bundy who had a nice 2.97 ERA going into Wednesday. It didn’t last long. In the very first inning Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit solo homers to give the Angels a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth inning the Angels extended their lead on an RBI-double by Andrelton Simmons and RBI-groundout by Zack Cozart. But the Angels weren’t done as JustinUpton joined the home run party in the fifth crushing a Bundy pitch into the Angels bullpen for a 7-1 lead. That was all that Angel left-hander Andrew Heaney need as he was stellar going six innings allowing only one run on five hits to pick-up his first win of the season and lower his ERA to 5.31.
Heaney’s ERA may not sound very good, but considering going into last Friday’s start against the Yankees it was 9.64, I will take 5.31. Heaney is showing signs of righting his ship as this is his second strong outing in a row. It also gave the majority of the Angels bullpen the night off.
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For good measure Upton hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh and Martin Maldonado drove in his second run of the night on his first home run of the season. Both Upton and Maldonado have not hit well over the last couple of weeks so hopefully this will get them both going. In the top of the ninth things got a little too lose for comfort as the Orioles scored five times before Jim Johnson was able to get the final two outs to close out the Orioles 10-7.
In all the Angels hit four homers on the night. Pujols hit number 620, which is only 10 away from Ken Griffey Jr. Pujols also had a double to move him within two hits of the magical 3,000 hit club. However, the big story of the night was Andrew Heaney. The Angels will need for him to pitch well if they hope to make the post-season.
For now the Angels will take any progress from Heaney and the improved hitting.will make the Angels tough to beat