Final in 10 innings: Big Macs 2, Royale with Cheese 1
Bobby Abreu blasted a big fly to right in the bottom of the 10th inning, making a winner of the Angels for the third straight game against the Royals. The home run also made a winner of Brian Fuentes who all of a sudden has figured out how to get hitters out with a minimum number of pitches. Fuentes pitched a one-two-three 10th, and now has allowed just one run in his last 19 innings.
Today's game featured some ace-on-ace action. As Halos Heavens poster Slyintine pointed out, for the fourteenth time this season, Jered Weaver was once again facing the opposing team's ace. This time Weaver was matched up against Kansas City's number one guy and last season's Cy Young award winner, Zack Greinke. Another Weaver fun-fact that continues to frustrate fans (and no doubt Weaver himself) is the lack of support from the Angels offense. In Weaver's 7 loses, the Angels have managed to score a whooping 9 runs. Once again, Weaver pitched well enough to win, throwing 8 innings of 6-hit baseball, while striking out 11 and walking two. Of the 6 hits, just the one mistake to Yuniesky Betancourt that left the yard was hit hard. The rest were jam-shots and bloop hits that found holes just out of the reach of the Halo defenders.
Abreu's home run was the first walk-off home run since Howie Kendrick homered in the ninth against the David Aardsma of the Mariners on May 30th.
The Angels are now 6-4 in August, and have won five of their last 6 games.