Angels Win as Torii and Weaver Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Afternoon

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 13: Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches the ball go over the right field wall for a solo homerun in the seventh inning agianst the Oakland Athletics during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 13, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 6 Athletics 0

Veterans Jered Weaver and Torii Hunter are known as clubhouse leaders but today, when their teammates needed it most, they led between the chalk lines.

After missing time with shoulder tendinitis, Weaver struck out 9 Athletics batters in 7 IP, and could have gone on longer, having only thrown 94 pitches, but a six-run bottom of the seventh allowed Mike Scioscia to rest his Ace. Torii broke the scoreless tie that inning with a lead-off HR and the Angels bats never looked back. Hunter drove in the sixth run of the inning 8 batters later.

Credit Mike Scioscia for pressing the panic button and returning Hunter to the cleanup spot after an anemic three games served to buzzkill all the goodwill created by the team's prior 15-3 run. The club hits the road for three games in Kansas City over the weekend and a day off before returning for a ten-day, nine-game final homestand ...of the regular season.

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