After piddling around with under-performing veterans and overrated defensive charlatans, Angels manager Mike Scioscia is confronted with a ghastly truth: Everything he has done this season is entwined with the underachievement of a $140 million roster.
And despite Scioscia's mental managerial implosion, the Halos find themselves less than four games out of first place in a race with a dehydrated hamstring hanging on a crackpipe deep in the heart of Texas and going on a road trip soon. It has been the Salt Lake Bees and Arkansas Travellers and the Cal State Long Beach Dirtbags that have made the 2011 Angels contenders. The veterans and management and front office have just gotten in the way. And yet here they are, despite all the albatrosses in their way, contending.
Mike Trout hit two homeruns, and walked in a run on a 3-2 bases loaded pitch for 5 RBI. How can anyone with baseball aptitude give this kid's at-bats to the pile of garbage that is Vernon Wells? How? The contract is guaranteed Vernon, help the team with another groin pull, Mark Trumbo, Peter Bourjos and Kid Fish will take it from here.
Jerome Williams benefited from all the offense for his second win as an Angel. He pitched 7 innings and allowed 4 ER but was unfocussed after all the frosting of an 8-run 5th inning and might have actually had a shutout his stuff was so zippy good coming out of hand as he trusted his mechanics.