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Angels Freese Pop Makes Winner of Garrett Richards

Offensive Anemia Abated by Clutch Home Run

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 3 Rangers 2

The Angels had stranded so many early runners on base in Friday night's game that it seemed freakish for a clutch hit to occur at all. That inconsistent clutchiness arrived with the Halos down 2-1 on a 3-2 count with two outs and Mike Trout on 2B in the form of David Freese clutching one out of the park.

Garrett Richards was the winning pitcher without much help from a terrible home plate umpiring job by Jim Reynolds. Rangers starter Wandy Rodriguez looked like Sandy Koufax while numerous pitches by Richards clearly over the plate were demoted to ball-hood by the blind man's bluff with the home plate keychain.

Chris Iannetta also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, after suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous pitch-framing accusations by the Halo telecast team just too professional to slag the D-Train umpiring by Reynolds.

There were indications of a warming offense all evening. C.J. Cron had a three-hit night and scored a run. Trout's week-long offensive nightmare appears to have passed and Albert Pujols tattooed the ball twice with each effort requiring superhuman defensive catches.

Joe Smith had a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Huston Street saw more trouble from Reynolds before getting a groundout with men on the corners to get the Save!

And to make the third home win more exciting... Freese got soaked by the dugout tub of BODYARMOR during his postgame Alex Curry interview on the field under the light of the Halo.