Final Score in Arlington of Dallas: Angels 5, Rangers 2
Back to back homeruns by Juan Rivera and Kendry Morales highlighted a 4-Run 6th inning and a quality pitching performance by 21-year old rookie Sean O'Sullivan was good enough for the W as the Angels put some more distance in between them and the 2nd place Texas Rangers.
O'Sullivan got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning with a strikeout of Ranger DH Julio Borbon in his first major league plate appearance. The only blemish on an Artic cruise thru the Icy Popsicle Ranger bats were back-to-back solo homers off of two Rangers. There is probably some dude looking up the last time both teams hit back-to-backers in the same game, but who cares, really, the Angels won in front of 20,000 turd-blossom-loving Texans. Eat that for lunch with your Modern Urban Country Hits station playing in the background.
The Angels are now 10 games over .500 for the first time this season and have won 6 straight games and 13 of 16 since sending Howie Kendrick back to the minors leagues.
The rust of resting in a National League West schedule didn't need much shaking off in an American League park as the Halos banged out 12 hits. Every starter but Chone Figgins had at least one hit and Figgy had a deep sacrifice fly to score a run. Darren Oliver and Justin Speier pitched scoreless innings of relief, as did closer Brian Fuentes, picking up his major league leading 22nd save in the process.
Panther of the Game
Kendry Morales (57 votes)
Sean O'Sullivan (167 votes)
Juan Rivera (106 votes)
330 total votes