Ervin Santana pitched 7 innings of 1-Run ball, striking out 6, Mike Napoli hit a 2-run homer, Juan Rivera got the scoring started with a solo shot and Maicer Izturis tapped the foul pole for a roundtripper later in the game. After Rivera's blast, Howie Kendrick hit a run-scoring double and later added an RBI single. It added up to a Memorial Day to remember for the Angels as they climbed to within one game of .500 just a day shy of the official 1/3 mark of the season.
Scott Boras darling Luke Hochevar was mediocre on the mound for the '85ers and Angel pariah Jose Guillen struck out 3 times, delightful icing on the victory cake.
Six Postgame Questions:
- Is "Musical Chairs" the answer to the Angels' 1B dilemma?
- Was Kevin Jepsen's 11-pitch striking out the side the most awesome display of pitching this season so far or is the caveat that these are, after all, the Royals?
- Are Mike Napoli and Howie Kendrick destined to stay that far down in the batting order?
- Is the Juan Rivera winter of discontent about to thaw or was Hochevar's meatball fatter than a snowman's midsection?
- A month ago, the question was whether Torii Hunter had lost a step in the outfield... Has he lost two steps?
- Would Scot Shields pitch a 1-2-3 inning if he were released and joined Eric Byrnes' softball team?
To make it even nicer, three RBIs came with two outs, including both Kendrick klutchers. The Angels had 4 doubles in the game and 2 stolen bases. Neither team hit a triple in the contest.
We had a crazy little GAME THREAD today...
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