Wednesday Halolinks: Cubs club 5 home runs while beating Angels

Brian Kersey

Cub hitters show how the game is supposed to be played at historic Wrigley Field by belting five homers.

It's all my fault. I take all of the blame.

It seems like every time I write something about how the Angels have turned a corner, or are beginning to play like the team we all thought were going to win it all, they go out and prove me wrong. "You think we're good? Wait until you see Joe Blanton give up 4 home runs. Win 10 of twelve? Watch us lose a game in which a guy who has hit 14 home runs in four years blasts a 3-run shot in an inning our starter has no business pitching. You think we're good? Watch this."

  • I call "bullshit". If it's so warm, and the wind is blowing out, and Wrigley is so small, why didn't the Angel hitters club more than one home run? Los Angeles Angels at Chicago Cubs - July 9, 2013 - MLB.com. "It was summertime in Chicago, the wind was blowing out of small Wrigley Field, and the homer-prone Joe Blanton was on the mound Tuesday night. For the Angels, that's a bad combination." So, I'm saying it's the who, not the where: Los Angeles Angels vs. Chicago Cubs - July 09, 2013 - ESPN. "Wood (6-6) allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings, with two walks and five strikeouts, to earn his first victory since May 30. Wood, who was named to the National League All-Star team, retired 14 straight Angels from the start of the second inning until allowing a two-out single in the sixth. He gave up Albert Pujols' two-run homer in the seventh and left with two runners on and two out." The good Lord willing, things will work out: Wood, Soriano power Cubs past Angels - Yahoo! Sports. "I really didn't have good stuff tonight," Blanton said. "It was just one of those games. I tried to battle through, but I made too many mistakes over the plate. The three-run (Barney homer) hurts the worst. You can live through solos and battle around everything else. Three-run homers kill you." Note to Joe: Stop making mistakes over the plate, especially when there are guys on base. Just a thought.
  • Angels-Cubs Preview - Yahoo! Sports. ""I'm not going to tell you how we're trying to get him out (because obviously we don't know), but Soriano is a guy if you miss some spots and sometimes if you're hitting spots, he has the ability to hit a wide range of pitches hard like he did tonight,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said." I'm glad he straightened that out -- and here I thought they didn't have any idea how to pitch to Soriano. Maybe they'll figure something out before tonight. Wednesday's starters: Jeff Samardzija (5-8, 3.54 ERA) faces C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.49).
  • 60% of the time it works every time: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago Cubs - July 10, 2013 - MLB.com. "The Angels are 10-0 in the last 10 games in which Hamilton has driven in a run. Overall this season, they're 18-6 when the former American League MVP has an RBI. They're 25-40 when Hamilton is held without an RBI." Let see if I understand this, if Hamilton gets an RBI in every game, the Angels will go 121-41? Well, there's the answer, have Hamilton get more RBI's!
  • Hurry back Jason, the team needs you: Hanson, Burnett, Vargas working way back from DL - angels.com. "Vargas visited Tuesday with the doctor who operated on his blood clot and was cleared to start playing catch on Wednesday -- exactly two weeks post-surgery, as originally scheduled. If cleared, Vargas will start that process in Southern California while the Angels finish their last road trip before the All-Star break." Oh, and by the way, the guy you were traded for went 3-for-5 with 2 home runs last night. Just thought you'd like to know.
  • It's funny (not "ha-ha" funny, but "WTF" funny) how I, and apparently some others look to see how the Rangers are doing even though they're not even leading the division. Plus, I never pass on the opportunity to beat the dead Adrian-Beltre-should-be-an-Angel horse: Rangers 8, Orioles 4 - Baseball- NBC Sports. "Beltre went 4 for 4 with two homers and a season-high five RBIs to help the surging Texas Rangers beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-4 Tuesday night."
  • This is going to get UGLY: Ryan Braun refused to answer MLB's questions about Biogenesis clinic, sources say - ESPN. "Commissioner Bud Selig's office is expected to suspend Braun and Rodriguez, along with as many as 20 players sometime after next week's All-Star break, for their roles in the Biogenesis case, several sources told "Outside the Lines."
  • This is a really cool story: Pine-Tar Incident: The Untold Story - WSJ.com. ""I tried to slink away, but as luck would have it, he saw me," Riley said. "We made eye contact. It broke my heart at the time—I'll never forget it. He looked at me and said, "Why the [expletive] didn't you pick up the bat?"
  • I think it's interesting when a writer can put things in a certain perspective and point out something that would normally just be passed over...such as this: Alex Rios goes 6-for-6 against Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers - Yahoo! Sports. "A baseball player has hit for the cycle 302 times, but knocking six hits in a nine-inning game has only happened 96 times. Well, 97 when you include what Alex Rios did on Tuesday night." Most get somewhat excited about a player hitting for the cycle, but who'd of thunk getting 6 hits is 66% harder?
  • I used to play in a Strat league before moving here. We used to meet once-a-month to play as many games face-to-face as we could. Nerdy? Possibly (okay, yes), but man, it was a lot of fun: A look at the Strat-O-Matic board game - YESNetwork.com
  • I poked a little fun at K-Rod in yesterday's Halolinks, but he's actually having a good season. A good enough season that I wouldn't mind seeing him return to the Halos: Many Teams Scouting Brewers' Relievers - MLBTradeRumors.com. "Rodriguez and Gonzalez will be eligible for free agency after the season, while Axford is under team control through 2016 as an arbitration eligible player."
  • Twins Season In A Nutshell Moment: Arcia Hit In Face By Missed Popup. "Nothing really encapsulates their struggles more than this moment from tonight's game, in which outfielder Oswaldo Arcia tries to catch a foul popup with his face."
  • There's no good reason for including this link...except I like the headline: Rockies Acquire Mitchell Boggs, Designate Gardner - MLBTradeRumors.com. "The Rockies tweet that they have designated pitcher Joe Gardner for assignment to clear space for Boggs on the 40-man roster." It's always been a dream of mine to be designated for assignment.
  • Holy shit!: Danny Tartabull Is Los Angeles's Most Wanted Deadbeat Dad. "According to the L.A. County Child Support Services Department, the former ballplayer owes more than a quarter-million dollars in child support payments for his two sons." Yes, that's $250,000.00
  • I'm currently in the final stretch of a divorce, and I'm glad to say that after two years my ex-wife never donned a bullet-proof vest (that I know of): 'Baseball Wives' Star Anna Benson -- Arrested for Felony Assault After Alleged Gun Threat - TMZ.com. "Former "Baseball Wives" star Anna Benson -- the estranged wife of ex-pitcher Kris Benson -- was arrested this morning in Georgia ... after allegedly raiding Kris' apartment with a gun and a metal baton, all while wearing a bulletproof vest."
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