ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 20: Mark Trumbo #44 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a three run homerun for a 6-0 lead over the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Angel Stadium on May 20, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Final Score at Angel Stadium of Anaheim: Boston-Milwaukee Braves of Atlanta: ZERO, Angels: Nueve
With Howie Kendrick, their best hitter, nursing an achy hamstring and borderline Hall-of-Famer Tim Hudson on the mound for the visiting National League Braves, the Angels looked outmatched before their lukewarm number four starter Ervin Santana even took the mound dressed in full 1962 L.A. Angels regalia Friday night in Anaheim.
Alberto Callaspo and Mark Trumbo each had three RBI but it was Trumbo's monster bomb to break open a 3-0 game against a shaky Hudson that was the pinnacle offensive achievement of the month. Hudson walked three and hit three batters. After the game trumbo told some lousy reporter for Fox Sports West "The team met after the game yesterday and we decided that we are being too tentative and if we're gonna go down, we're gonna go down swinging."
On the pitching side of things, Santana pitched his sixth career complete game shutout (yeah yeah call the redundancy police as all shutouts are complete games). Black Magic allowed no walks and four singles. No Brave reached second base during the team's first visit to Los Angeles of Anaheim. Santana struck out seven Atlanta batters, none of whom were the pitcher, ensuring that the retro uniforms the Angels wore were the only retro baseball affectation on the field.
The team is now at .500, 23-23 ...Scott Spiezio's number and like Scott behind the wheel, it seems this season could go either way for this team...
Panther of the Game
Ervin Santana (392 votes)
Mark Trumbo (103 votes)
495 total votes