When Garrett Richards faced the Athletics last week in Oakland he didn't make it out of the first inning. He pitched seven strong tonight at home, allowing four hits, one earned run and striking out four. He walked none - last week he walked three. Richards got support from his offense in the form of four runs. Mike Trout hit a sac fly to score Hank Conger in the bottom of the third inning that required an amazing catch by Coco Crisp to not be a triple. That tied the game.
With the Angels leading 2-1, Trout hit what was initially ruled a home run. Replay officials in biased New York ruled it fan interference - an Angels fan lunged for the ball at the top of the eighteen-foot-tall Right Field wall. the umpires placed Trout onto 2B. Mike Scioscia argued that it should be a triple for Trout and was ejected from the game.
Hank Conger got some insurance with a base hit in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the game 4-1. The Angels had many scoring opportunities in the game and despite Victor Rojas openly fretting about the high pitch count of Richards, it was GArrett and not Oakland starter Jesse Chavez who pitched through the seventh inning.
This was only the second win against the A's for the Halos this season, against five losses. Despite a terrible lineup and a weakening, undisciplined Albert Pujols they did it tonight. Light that Halo Up.