Angels Minor Leaguers Bat Exorcism Delivers 3-HR, 5-Run First Inning

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 09: Baseball bats sit in a rack before the start of the game between the Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at AT&T Park on April 9, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Here is an exclusive video report about the pregame exorcism of bad offensive mojo that the players performed:

When the Inland Empire 66ers of the Class High-A Cal League had an offensive explosion in the first inning in Monday night's game against the Visalia Rawhide, most onlookers might have attributed it to good approaches at the plate by the 66er batters or poor pitching by the Rawhide's starter. But the 66ers themselves knew what woke those bats up. Their first inning featured back-to-back-to-back homeruns and they won the game by a score of 7-1.

There is a mistake in the commentary on this video - after two walks and three homeruns, the 66ers recorded a walk and a strikeout. The commentator says that the Rawhide's defense was not involved in the game until the 6th batter, but it was actually not until the 8th batter of the bottom of the first inning that a flyball to LF involved the defense.

Watch that and understand that this approach could go organization-wide if it continues to show such effectiveness. Cannot hurt anymore than whatever the big club is doing at the moment. Tuesday morning, on our internet radio show LunchTime HaloTalk, we had a full report from Arrowhead Credit Union Park in San Bernardino where the Inland Empire 66ers (the Angels Single-A team) played the Visalia Rawhide Monday night... and it was Bloggers Night at the ballpark! Listen AT THIS LINK to the archive version of the show that was Live today at 11:00 AM.

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