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Jerome Williams Delivers Angels Win, Orioles Swept

Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 7, Orioles 1


Disneyland may be down the street, but Tinkerbell's fairy dust got spread far and wide in Anaheim Sunday afternoon. Do you have a better explanation for Jerome Williams, he of the Independent League roster spot this April, of a major league appearance in 2007 and Wednesday night in relief, he of his last win in the majors taking place in 2005. Well, add to that:

  • HE of the 7-inning, 6-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles
  • HE of the resting a gassed bullpen on what might have been their most worn out day of the season
  • HE of the W in what is once again a pennant race.

Who is he? He is most certainly the replacement for Tyler Chatwood in the Angels rotation down the stretch and depending on the performance of Joel Pineiro over the next two weeks, could be the team's number four starter in what is shaping up to be an exciting September.

On the offensive side of things, Peter Bourjos went 3 for 5 with a HR and 3 RBI, Howie Kendrick hit his tenth homer of the season, Mike Trout was 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored and Post-Mathis Catcher Bobby Wilson with a run-scoring double to get the scoring started in the 2nd inning. If my math is correct, Bobby allowed only 1 ER in the game, a solo homer by Matt Wieters.

The only Angel in the lineup without a hit was Torii Hunter, whose 0 for 5 afternoon ended his 18-Game hitting streak. Hunter was robbed of a HR by an amazing Adam Jones catch over the CF wall. In a weekend that saw them get swept in unique and unwanted ways, it was the lone highlight reel memory from the team with the worst record in the American League.

The Angels are now four games behind the Texas Rangers.