I like when Torii does this.
The Angels, on the back of an impressive offensive performance from fan favorite Torii Hunter, won their eighth series in a row tonight, defeating the Seattle Mariners and rookie sensation Michael Pineda. Hunter, the lovable veteran, had five RBIs off of his two homeruns, and the Angels lineup followed suit by pouring on an batting deluge of their own, with the exclamation point being an 8th inning Trumbomb by none other than Mark Trumbo. That homerun, by the way, makes Mark Trumbo tied for the lead in homeruns by MLB rookies this year(*16, Danny Espinosa, Nationals). Joel Pineiro gets the win in a decent outing, with 7 innings pitched and 7 strikeouts to one walk.
Mark Trumbo wasn't the only Angels Youth Movement Member getting his jabs in, however. 19 year old upstart Mike Trout got his first MLB hit this evening, on an average bunt that he beat out with way-above average speed. This kid has had unheralded hype regarding his speed, and this was seemingly our first taste of it, on the major league level, at least. Mike Trout finished 1 for 3, but also scored two runs in this Halos romp, already contributing to the team in his first two pro-level games. The electricity and excitment around him is really something, and the fans know it.
Tomorrow serves up what should be a great pitching matchup, with Dan Haren facing off against last year's Cy Young Award winner, Felix Hernandez. Whether Haren and the Halos get the win or not, the fans can be happy with this teams spot in the AL West going into the All Star Game break. The Halos are pitching, playing defense and, most importantly, scoring(okay, they aren't scoring much, but relative to the beginning of the season, it's a Red Floyd-style Halo Blitz). With Texas playing well, they need to keep the pedal to the proverbial metal and this ragtag bunch of old guys and youngsters may just have what it takes to get to the crapshoot that is the MLB playoffs. Either way, I think we can all agree that this team is pretty damn fun to watch(when they win).
Panther of the Game
Torii Hunter (391 votes)
Mark Trumbo (27 votes)
Mike Trout...just because (128 votes)
546 total votes