The day after former hitting coach Mickey Hatcher took a job with the Dodgers, the Angels banged out fourteen hits in a 9-7 win over the Blue Jays. They were shut out seven times this season with Hatcher in the dugout but only once under current hitting coach Jim Eppard. There were no streaks of games this year with the bats recording back to back games with hits amassed well into the teens but after getting seventeen hits in Monday night's game and sixteen hits last night in Baltimore, the Angels got fourteen north of the border on Wednesday evening.
Albert Pujols had his first 4 hit game as an Angel. Mark Trumbo hit his nineteenth homerun of the season and had an insurance 1-run triple in the top of the ninth. Remember back when Trumbo was actually getting benched earlier this season to make room for Vernon Wells in the lineup?
Dan Haren stunk, allowing six runs on seven hits with a homerun to Jeff Mathis being the most egregious slip-up of a sloppy night, the other longball, a three run jack to Jose Bautista that temporarily gave the Jays the lead, being totally explicable.
Ernesto Frieri got a four-out save, inducing a bases-loaded double play to end the game. Whew. He threw 31 pitches and as Angels great turned lucid telecaster Garret Anderson observed on the postgame show, Mister Freeze will likely be shelved for at least tomorrow's contest after throwing 31 pitches to get those four outs.
UPDATE: In watching the rebroadcast of the
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