In seasons to come, what will they be calling this game? The Bases Loaded Jason Bulger Save? The Gary Matthews Retro Night Game? The Matt Palmer scoreless relief game? The Rex Hudler Stormtrooper Game? It was a classic in Anaheim on an 80s-themed retro giveaway night, Bobby Grich throwing out the first pitch in front of 43,000 fans wearing a teeshirt replica of his 1980s Angels uniform.
Ironically, the most historic event in Angels lore that took place tonight might to have even come at Angels Stadium of Anaheim as AAA pitcher Sean O`Sullivan pitched a no hitter, one walk shy of a perfect game, for the Salt Lake Bees.
The game started with Jered Weaver getting squeezed by home plate scumpire Jeff Nelson and almost ended with closer Brian Fuentes choking up his 2nd game in a row. But a quick hook to get Fuentes and the introduction of Palmer in the 6th inning were the chess moves that worked by the Kasparovian Scioscia tonight. Wever allowed 4 runs in 5 innings and was far from sharp, throwing 102 pitches, allowing 8 hits, 2 HR and walking 3. Fuentes was even worse and has yet to record an out in his two appearances this series.
But all is well with the Angels remaining 2.5 games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the AL West. Light up the Halo Duran Duran, the Boys are Back in town!