88th win - 33 games over .500 (season best), 7.5 games ahead of Oakland biggest lead of the season. Magic number is 13 and the A's play later tonight.
If the Angels can bottle up September and take it with them into October this could be sixty days for the ages. Almost assured of their ninth American League West title, the club did not let up in the effort department this afternoon in Cleveland. They scored twelve home runs, the big blow being a six-run fifth inning that featured home runs from Kole Calhoun and David Freese.
Flying into town on what was a scheduled off day the Halos showed no signs of travel weariness. This was, technically, the fourth game of a four-game series with the Indians, making up for a rainout on June 18. The Angels therefore split the series. When the rainout occurred the Angels were six games behind the A's - it would turn out to be their biggest deficit of the season. They won on June 19 and turned things around from there. And so it was fitting that Southern California had a freak morning rainstorm today while the Halos took care of business on a cloudless, pleasant afternoon in Cleveland.
Later in the game Albert Pujols hit a blast and the floodgates opened - early showers for lots of guys to get ready for the plane ride to Texas.
Jered Weaver threw 49 pitches through four innings and looked unbeatable. The long fifth inning threw him off his rhythm and he surrendered a two-run homer in the fifth and one run in the sixth - battling to finish the inning with men on base. Weaver got his sixteenth win and the final three innings were uneventful save for the ninth inning MLB debut of Jairo Diaz after a Jason Grilli seventh and a Fernando Salas eighth. End Result: Light That Baby Up.