Angels Win. Ain't That a Kick in the Head!

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 15: Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim collides with umpire Greg Gibson in the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 15, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 8 Indians 4

On a night when Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick were given the night off, the Angels added baserunners on lapse after lapse of the Indians defense and an underwhelming Fausto Carmona debut as Roberto Hernandez. Forget the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the former Carmona had forged his identity as a major league baseball player for his entire career and ended up in a Dominican prison on document fraud. Suspended by the MLB, he made his season debut against the Angels.

And then his hat drowned. The Faustian bargain had failed.

Ervin Santana pitched seven innings of one run ball. He gave up four hits and walked one but struck out four and was on cruise control with a ton of offensive support from his teammates.

Kendrys Morales had three hits including a ouble that almost drove in Torii Hunter. A bad call from the 3B ump ruled him out but the play will be remembered more for the spike of Torii's cleat smacking Homeplate umpire Greg Gibson's face just after Torii's hand had touched the plate on a headfirst slide ahead of a phantom stretch tag by Carlos Santana. Gibson left the game, got stitches and should be fine.

Chris Iannetta caught the game and kept a quick temp for Santana, framing strike one as often as any start of the season for Ervin. Iannetta and Mike Trout each had a solo homerun in the game.

Jason Isringhausen should really be considered a mop and never used in anything even approximating a high leverage situation. The Rangers have lost three straight to the Yankees. Demoralizing to say the least. They have one more tomorrow afternoon. Don't get cocky scoring five runs in an inning the opponent makes three errors. Don't get charitable, though, either. Props to Kevin Jepsen on a 1-2-3 ninth inning to light this baby up.

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