June 26, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting C.J. Wilson (33) pitches in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE
Albert Pujols hit a 2-run Homer, Peter Bourjos hit a 2-run Homer, Mark Trumbo hit a solo homer and John Hester hit a solo homer. Amidst the fireworks the Angels left 17 men on base and kept starting pitcher C.J. Wilson on a tightrope of pitching precisely as the score was 1-0 Halos into the fifth inning. Wilson allowed 6 hits and 2 walks in 7 innings and 107 pitches of 1 run ball.
The irony in scoring 7 runs is that the Angels blew many opportunities created with 17 hits, making two outs on the basepaths and keeping things unintentionally close by not finishing anything they started. But once Pujols broke the ice a different game appeared altogether: Power that the O's only managed to match when it was too late in the day for a comeback.
And the power was well-dispersed in the lineup... Hester was the fourth-seed catcher on the club when a few dominoes fell his way. Trumbo was an afterthought as late as this time last season and Bourjos has been relegated to second fiddle to accomodate him. Pujols did what he was supposed to do but the other three are a coming together of man baseball narratives that get described in cliches about making the mos of opportunities, all at different points of storyline maturation ... Hester the castoff, Bourjos the Sophomore slump and Trumbo the commitment to excellence.
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PANTHER OF THE GAME
C.J. Wilson (211 votes)
Albert Pujols (77 votes)
John Hester CERA + HR = FTW ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! (209 votes)
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