Jered Weaver, making a stand to prevent the sweep, pitched 7 solid innings tonight, scattering six hits, striking out five and walking one, while holding the Texas offense to a single run. That run came in the Rangers 7th inning as Mike Napoli reminded everyone that he can still hit the solo shot in Anaheim, launching one to deep left-center field to put the Angels down 0-1. For a time, this game looked like a typical game started by Weaver as the Angels failed to support their ace pitcher.
The Halos had a few premium chances to plate some runs starting with the 5th inning. Peter Bourjos dropped a bunt single on Rangers starter Colby Lewis with one out and would advance all the way to third on an errant throwover to first base. With two chances to get P-Bo home, Erick Aybar strikes out and Jeffy Premium Mathis does what he does best which is strikeout with a runner in scoring position to end the inning. Abreu hit a two out double in the sixth inning that if it was 12 inches to the left of the RF scoreboard, it would have been a solo HR. Unfortunately, Torii Hunter would fly out in foul territory to end the inning. Moving along to the seventh, runners at first and second and Alberto Callaspo pinch hitting for Premium would pop out to short to end the inning.
Fast forward to the ninth inning and Bobby Cassevah is back on the mound and got Napoli to strike out, gave up a single to David Murphy and Yorvit Torrialba to pop up for the second out. Horacio Ramirez is called in and gets Endy Chavez to strikeout on five pitches however the Halos are still down 0-1 going to the bottom of the ninth. Facing Mike Adams and his 1.12 ERA, Hunter singled to center and Trumbo crushes one down the left field line for the game-winning two-run HR celebration.
37 games remain for the Angels and are now 6 GB with 6 games left against Texas head-to-head.
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