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Erick Aybar Bunt HR, Mike Napoli Moonshot Carry Angels Over Diamondbacks

Final Score in Arizona: Angels 2, Diamondbacks 1

With his team down 1-0 in the top of the 6th inning, Angels shortstop Erick Aybar lead off with a bunt single attempt. Nine seconds and Two throwing errors later the score was tied.

With the feather of owning the 4th longest homerun in the history of the D-Backs' home stadium already in his cap, Mike Napoli broke that tie score with just a medium sized bomb to the deepest part of the park in the top of the 9th inning.

Call it an inside the park bunt, a comedy of errors or just another unearned run in a tight pitchers' duel... whatever it was (and the official scoring was a bunt single, a two base error on the throw to 1B and one base error on the throw to 3B) it was a precious run for starter John Lackey, who would not last to receive the decision. Darren Oliver pitched a scoreless 8th and Brian Fuentes followed with the same in the bottom of the 9th for his MLB-leading 21st Save.

"Thunder Mountain" Lackey had 9 strikeouts and looked as good as he has since starting the season two months late with a forearm strain. The Angels have won four straight, but why talk about that when the Fox National Broadcast can parade out the vile Joe Buck and senile Tim McCarver to pimp Fox's upcoming All-Star Game... fellas, as terrible as you are a brodcast duo, I am watching a Saturday baseball game between the Angels and D-Backs, I am stuck with your monopoly on selling advertising in between at-bats, why remind me of how much your stupid corporate "Brand" has molested the beautiful game of baseball?