NEW YORK - JUNE 17: Joel Pineiro #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the second inning against the New York Mets on June 17, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
It took seven attempts but Angels starter Joel Pineiro pitched 6 1/3 innings while limiting the Mets to just two runs AND taking a line drive off the calf muscle in the 3rd inning for his 100th career victory . Contributing to the cause were some clutch RBIs by Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells, and Peter Bourjos.
Howie Kendrick hit his 150th career double in the 2nd inning with one out. Peter Bourjos hit a sharp grounder to Mets 3B Justin Turner who airmailed the throw right over Daniel Murphy's head which allowed Kendrick to score and advancing Bourjos to second on the error.
The Angel offense showed some signs of clutch hitting in the 6th inning as Kendrick singled with two outs and Mark Trumbo reached safely thanks to what should have been a fielding error by Jose Reyes to extend the inning. Bourjos then lined a double down the left field line to score Kendrick and take the lead for good. An Intentional Walk to Jeff Mathis (his second of the night), loaded the bases for Pineiro and pump up the hopes of fans everywhere till he struck out to end the inning.
Hisanori Takahashi took over for Pineiro in the Mets 6th and got a fly out and a foul out to end the inning.
Torii Hunter with an RBI single in the 7th to drive home Maicer Izturis and extend the lead 4-2, however Wells grounded into a double play, the 69th of the season for the Angels, to end the inning (For the curious-minded, the Cardinals lead MLB with 80 Double Plays prior to tonight's game).
Scott Downs pitched the 8th inning and got Angel Pagan to ground out to 3rd for the first out. Then a Fraudney-like disturbance in the Force was felt by all as a single + error by Aybar, followed by a gap double cut the Angel lead to 4-3. A clutch strikeout of Scott Hairston with a runner at 3rd by Downs ended the Met threat.
Jordan Walden strikes out the side in the 9th for his 16th save in true heart attack inducing fashion.
Panther of the Game?
Joel Pineiro (130 votes)
Peter Bourjos (148 votes)
Howie Kendrick (21 votes)
Torii Hunter (37 votes)
336 total votes