In televised post-game comments to Rex Hudler and Steve Physioc, Angels slugger Bobby Abreu told them "John Lackey owned the mound today." Lackey matched Oakland's Brett Anderson with 0 runs but Anderson had a perfect game going for 6 and 2/3 innings before Abreu singled. Anderson extracted his revenge with an immediate pickoff, but in the 10th, Abreu struck a solo shot to make all the difference in a tight Ace/Closer tandem pitching duel
And Lackey did own the mound, allowing just 3 hits in 9 innings pitched. Abreu hit a solo shot off of A's All Star closer Andrew Bailey and Brian Fuentes nailed down his 28th save of the season.
At 52-38 after 90 games, the Angels own the 4th best record in all of baseball. Considering their 6-11 start, they have the best record in the MLB after the first two weeks of the season. Meanwhile, Oakland looks terrible, Brett Anderson's 7 innings of 2-hit ball notwithstanding. The usually-reliable Baley showed his youthful inexperience when he served up a middle-inside fastball to the still powerful Bobby Abreu.
It was Abreu's 248th career homerun, moving him into a tie with Goose Goslin and Ted Simmons for 196th place all time in baseball history. Ha ha ha, there is a factoid for ya Fizzy! Angelswin!