Hot Howie, Hotter Hambone Shine in CJ's Gem

Bob Levey

...Angels Sweep Astros...

Final Score in Houston: Angels 3 Astros 1

...and on the eighty-second game, Trout rested...

C.J. Wilson stopped nibbling, Howie Kendrick swung like a hitting surgeon and Josh Hamilton finally earned his rich man's paycheck on the last day of the month. Mark Trumbo tattooed his eighteenth home run of the season to get the scoring started and when CJ left with the score tied 1-1, Howie and Hambone gave him a lead to secure the W.

With Peter Bourjos being sent to the disabled list and Mike Trout getting his first day off of the season, Mike Scioscia gambled on an outfield of Hamilton in CF, J.B. Shuck in Left Field and Brad Hawpe in Right. The low-scoring affair signaled faith in Wilson and the left-handed pseudo-ace responded with a ten-strikeout beating of the admittedly last place Astros.

Mike Trout will have an extra day of rest on the off-day Monday and was available to pinch hit if needed today. The Angels are now a mere four games under .500 after their 82nd game of the 162-game 2013 season. Winners of six straight in sweeps of the Tigers and Astros, their deficit in the AL West is now single digits as well as being even closer to a Wild Card slot. This was the first taking of six straight on the road that the Halos have notched since 2002.

After a first half where almost everything went wrong, could the second half see everything go right for this club?

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