Final Score in Tampa: Angels 5, Rays 1
Wanting to prove he's an ace too, Dan Haren scattered 4 hits over 7.2 innings, giving up just one run as the Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1. Haren gets his first win of the season while the Angels move back to .500. The struggling Rays remain winless, dropping to 0-5.
The lone Rays run came on a home run by BJ Upton leading off the 5th inning, but prior to that hit, Haren had only allowed a single while retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced. For the second straight game, Haren didn't allow a base on balls while striking out 6, however the result was different today as the Halos provided him with plenty of run support.
It was the lower portion of the Angels batting order providing most of the offense as hot-hitting Alberto Callaspo, Mark Trumbo, and Jeff Mathis all had multi-hit games while each drove in a run. Trumbo, showing he's more than just a power hitter, sprayed a single to center in the 4th, another to left in the 6th, and then one to right driving in Vernon Wells who had reached on an error in the 8th. The Angels had a tough time making contact against Rays' starter Jeremy Hellickson. Hellickson struck out 10 Halos over 5.2 and the Rays' pitchers combined to strike out 15. Torii Hunter, Wells, and Brandon Wood each struck out 3 times, with Wells and Wood being the only Angel to go hitless on the day. Callaspo connected for his second home run of the season in the 4th inning and has driven in 5 runs on the season.
Haren looked like he might have strained something while making a nice play covering first on a slow-roller to the right side in the 6th inning. As he left the field, Haren appeared to be in a little discomfort as he circled his right arm and winched. Apparently he was fine as he returned in the 7th and retired the Rays in order, while getting Dan Johnson to strike out swing.
Panther of the Game:
Jeff Mathis (21 votes)
Mark Trumbo (60 votes)
Alberto Callaspo (577 votes)
Dan Haren (567 votes)
1225 total votes