ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 5: Mark Trumbo #44 and Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrate as both score on Trumbo's first inning home run against the Seattle Mariners on September 5, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Mark Trumbo became only the second Angels rookie to hit more than 25 homeruns in a season when he parked his 26th of the year over the wall with two outs and a man on in the first inning. Just yesterday, Trumbo had moved into a tie with Ken Hunt's 1961 25-HR rookie Angels campaign but he didn't stay locked up long, blasting a low and inside fastball over the left-center fence between the rocks and the bullpen.
Dan Haren allowed 10 hits in 6 innings, but the 3 ER gave him yet another "Quality Start" and the Angels bats ensured him the run support worthy of another W, his 14th Win of the 2011 season. A scoreless inning by Bobby Cassevah and 2 goose-eggs at the arm of Hisanori Takahashi and, with a nod to atrocious Mariners defense, the Angels moved to within 2.5 games of the Rangers who lost an early Labor Day affair with the Rays in Florida, the cocaine capital of America, so you know that Texas has more on its mind than baseball this week.
Seattle committed five errors but 6 of 7 Halo runs were earned, charged to Anthony Vasquez in his 5.2 IP. Mike Trout had his second consecutive hitless game but made two catches in LF that no Angels leftfielder would have caught this century. Vernon Wells hit a solo HR as DH his 20th dinger of the year (shocking, I coulda sworn he had like 4).
Panther of the Game
Mark Trumbo (420 votes)
Dan "Quality Start" Haren (54 votes)
474 total votes