Maicer Izturis hit a single up the middle with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to give the Angels a win at home in their first game back at the Big A since June 5. Playing on brand new grass installed courtesy of Bono and the Edge after a two-night U2 stand at Angels Stadium, the Angels
Without pitchers getting ejected for pine tar on their glove or a chance to heartily boo Jose Guillen, the ' quinquennial visit to Anaheim seemed a casual affair. Media coverage of Davey Johnson taking over as manager of the club was heavy on a slow news day.
Ervin Santana tossed 8 innings with 2 solo HRs. Jordan Walden gave up a solo HR with 2 outs in the top of the 9th for his 6th blown save and 3rd consecutive "BS" in a row. Scott Downs pitched a scoreless 10th inning and picked up the W.
While the Nationals launched three solo bombs in regulation, the Angels squeaked out three little runs on 15 singles, grounding into three double plays and stranding 11 baserunners in the first 9 innings.
Peter Bourjos was 4 for 4, hitting a ground rule double in extras for the first Halo extra base hit. Almost the dramatic game winner, the ball bounced into the stands, forcing Alberto Callaspo to stop at 3B. That set up an intentional walk to Bobby Wilson in order to get the force form Izturis, but the force was strong with the Boy King and Pharaoh Maicer slapped on hard up the middle for a walk off, his second of the year and the fourth in his nine season career in the bigs.
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