Final Score in Houston: Angels 2 Astros 1
Ernesto Frieri came into the game with men on 1B and 2B and nobody in the eighth inning with the Angels clinging to a 2-1 lead. He retired six batters without allowing a run. Now THAT is a SAVE. Frieri had four strikeouts in the Save appearance, the third time he has accomplished that this season. No pitcher since Antonio Osuna in 2002 has done that according to Angels Twittergod Jacob Jaffe.
Jerome Williams was removed form the game after 95 pitches of one-run ball over seven innings for manager Mike Scioscia's favorite reliever Dane De La Rosa. DDLR promptly let two men on base. Williams had struck out three and allowed five hits, walking none and the only mistake being a solo home run to tie the game at one run apiece in the bottom of the second inning.
Mike Trout walked for the one hundredth time this season in the top of the first inning with two outs. Josh Hamilton tripled him home on a flyball that would have been a home run in any stadium in the major leagues besides Minute Laid Park. An Andrew Romine sac fly in the fifth inning scored Erick Aybar from 3B to give the Angels the lead they would maintain.
Trout become the first player in American League history with 100 BB, 7 Extra Base Hits and 30 Stolen Bases n a season. Ever. More? Okay...
Trout 1st in AL in BBs, 3Bs & times on base; 2nd in BA, OBP, hits, 2Bs & XBH; 3rd in runs, TBs & OPS+; 4th in SLG & HBP; 7th in SBs & SFs.— Matt Welch (@mleewelch) August 4, 2013
Howie Kendrick was 1 for 4 and played superb defense, upping that trade value. Light That Baby Up, the Angels have now won or tied seven consecutive series.