Final Score in Anaheim: Halos 3 ... O-Birds 2
Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars can fill my dreams!
Huston Street came into his first Angels Save opportunity to the backing music of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir and right there he had my Cy Young vote.
Street got the save after a gutty comeback led by the first darn break the guys have gotten in three games against a very tough Baltimore team. Josh Hamilton hit a bloop into no-man's land between the deep RFer and the running, twisting 2Bman and it dropped. It was the bottom of the eighth inning and the Halos were down by a run.
Erick Aybar then had the Clutchiest McClutch bash, a double that rolled to the wall. It scored Hamilton. Aybar was on 3B with two outs when Buck Showalter committed a little Hari Kari - he intentionally walked Efren Navarro to maintain the Righty/Righty matchup with pitcher Tommy Hunter and Halo catcher Chris Iannetta. After three games against this pretty solid Oriole team it was the boner of the week.
Hunter walked Iannetta and Showalter had to go to the pen. He brought in Brian Matusz, a kid once drafted by the Angels who chose to go to college and is now a LOOGY after a sub-standard career as a starter. Well that Lefty-One-Out-GuY walked lefty batter Kole Calhoun, the Angels had the lead, Street walked one and struck out two and Jered Weaver got a deserved W.
Weaver struck out six, walked none, allowed six hits in eight innings and gave up only two earned runs. His batterymate Iannnetta choked in the second inning on the bases. With Mike Trout up to bat, two outs and Calhoun on 1B Iannetta led off from 2B and was picked off. Luckily he made up for it, calling a good game and taking a good pitch to get on base late.
It was the Halos 60th win in 100 tries. Light Up Your Halo!