The LA Angels have had a tough week, but they seem to be coming together and rallying around the tragic death of teammate Tyler Skaggs. Veterans Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Justin Upton, and Albert Pujols are leading the way both on and off the field.
The LA Angels have been a team in turmoil this week with the sudden death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who was also a leader on the 2019 Angels. Watching the last couple of days you have seen Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun step up and be the team spokespeople both at the post-game press conference on Tuesday as well as on the field with their hitting.
On Tuesday night Kole Calhoun came though with a two-run homer and then pointed to the sky gesturing to his fallen Angel teammate Skaggs. Then on Wednesday night Calhoun went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored. Mike Trout did not do much on Tuesday, but more than made up for it on Wednesday hitting two home runs and driving in four runs.
Justin Upton who has driven in runs in both games and has also provided great leadership on and off the field as well as Albert Pujols who has also been quietly helping holding the team together.
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On Wednesday night it seemed like the Angels were even more focused when they took the field in Texas. The Angels sent Jaime Barria to the mound and he pitched really well going five innings allowing only two runs with eight strikeouts. Calhoun stepped up stepped up in the third inning with an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead. Mike Trout followed with his 23rd home run of the season a three-run shot to right-center to extend the lead to 4-0.
With the Angels leading 4-2 in the top of the 6th Trout came up again with a lined shot to left field to take a 5-2 lead and later Justin Upton came through with a two-single to left to drive in Shohei Ohtani for a 6-2 lead. The bullpen then closed out the victory with four innings of scoreless innings of relief to close out the victory 6-2.
This is now the Angels second straight win since Tyler Skaggs’ passing and it looks like things are starting to come together. They will go for a three-game sweep on Thursday when Griffin Canning takes the mound in the series finale before heading to Houston to face the Astros.