ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 26: Russell Branyan #39 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run in the eighth inning with a RBI on Mike Trout #27 and Mark Trumbo #44 against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on August 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Mike Scioscia got ejected for pointing the truly terrible umpiring that baffled both teams today. But you can't call a pitch a strike when it is hit over the fence and the Angels batters redeemed starter C.J. Wilson in a big way with a lot of late runs, dramatically via the long ball. On the day Wilson was named to his second all star game, Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo hit homeruns in a game he started as they got their plane tickets to join him and Jered Weaver at the game in Kansas City next Tuesday.
When the game was still in question Alberto Callaspo hit a two run homerun to make it 3-0 but C.J. Wilson could not make it out of the sixth inning when he suddenly ran out of... wait for it... gas and left with the bases juiced and two runs already across. Again, the home plate umpire didn't help in any of this. LaTroy Hawkins got out of a serious jam to preserve the lead only to see Jason Isringhausen serve up a solo homerun in his lone inning pitched.
With the score knotted at three runs, The All Star dynamite took over. Trout and Turmbo, T-N-T, each hit a homerun in the top of the eighth, Trout's a solo shot to take the lead and Trumbo's a two-run job to pad the lead. In the top of the ninth, the Angels flat out piled on with four runs off a melted Jays pen, but suddenly it was needed as Jordan Walden gave up three runs on two walks and a bomb. The insurance paid off and the Angels cross the border with a 2-2 split in the land of Rush and Maple Leafs.
Panther of the Game
LaTroy Hawkins (124 votes)
Mike Trout (262 votes)
Mark Trumbo (107 votes)
493 total votes