Pujols No Factor in Angels' Cardinal Win

Pump up the jam. - Jeff Gross

Jered Weaver looking like himself again.

A series of seeing-eye singles punctuated a five-run Angels second inning against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn and that was all the Angels would need in a 5-1 victory over the National League powerhouse at home in Anaheim.

Much was made of Albert Pujols meeting his former team in a regular season game but the quarter-billion-dollar man was a non-factor, going 0 for 3 with a walk. The Cardinals were the only major league team to never play a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Angels have played in St. Louis before and were in fact BORN there at the Winter meetings of 1960.

Jered Weaver pitched seven innings of one-run ball but it was three outs recorded by Scott Downs that might have saved the game. Kevin Jepsen started the eighth by allowing three straight baserunners and gave way to Downs to face lefthand-hitting Matt Adams with the bases loaded and nobody out. He struck out Adams on some gutsy inside pitches and then got righthand hitting David Freese to ground into a double play.

But it was no ordinary DP. Freese hit a sharp grounder to Mark Trumbo who stabbed it with his glove and threw to Erick Aybar for the first out. Aybar threw back to 1B where Downs was covering and the throw beat the charging batter by a step and a half. 3-6-1 Bammo!

Weaver threw 105 pitches, 69 for strikes, walking none, allowing six hits and striking out five Cardinals - including the side in the top of the fifth inning.

Trumbo was demoted to sixth in the batting order amidst an early summer slump but he didn't take that out on the field as his late inning glovework was as golden as Aybar the Great's grab and throw.

Howie Kendrick had three hits and Colin Cowgill returned to the major leagues as a late inning defensive replacement for J.B. Shuck in LF and an announced crowd of just over 39,000 saw the Angels win their seventh straight game live!

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