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Thor'sLinks: Weaver magic + Perez miracle = Halos win.

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Your collective disbelief...is palpable.

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Upon further review, we have a winning streak. Not even the umpires could believe it, and had to call in the experts back in New York to make the call for them.

Jered Weaver filled the strike zone with witchcraft, never throwing anything even as fast as 86mph. And of the 21 pitches that could graciously be categorized as some form of "fastball", only 3 were put in play by White Sox batters and only 1 of those was a hit. Mostly, CWS hitters were sitting on his changeup and curveball and even then could only muster 4 hits. That's Jamie Moyer caliber stuff right there, folks.

Weave was smooth, be he can't do everything. He needs some help on the offensive side. Fortunately for him, of the 9 other guys in the lineup - the ones who get to swing baseball bats for fun and profit - his own battery-mate Carlos Perez went deep to left field for only his 3rd homer of the season, and the only run of the night. Perez was quite productive last night. Perez went 2 for 3, In his at-bat before the game-winning home run, Perez singled Erick Aybar over to second base, and then joined Aybar in executing a double steal. (In fairness, that was more a case of Samardzija screwing up his own throw after catching Aybar breaking on first move.) And right after that home run, Perez guns down J.B. Shuck trying to steal second base.

So let's enjoy some winning streak, Carlos Perez HaloLinks:

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Angels Baseball

Futures: Trouty gets an obvious selection as a current player bound for the HoF. Seems obvious to you, but the author is being more than fair with granting Trout only an 81 percent chance due to his age, and how many things could go wrong. For instance, he is only 24, and needs to get at least another hit. Someday. Soon. The cool thing is to consider his age, and then look at all the names he is already more certain than, ranked below him! (Albert Pujols is a sure thing, but that won't have anything to do with us.).............

Weathering the Storms: We have known that Trout is a weather geek, but let's enjoy diving into that, shall we? The dude is obsessed. "...Trout consumes weather information with a voraciousness that’s apparent to his Angels teammates. On his phone, he said, is a folder of apps called "Weather." Trout scrolls through different models (Global Forecast System, European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, North American Ensemble Forecast System) and others that specify short-, medium- and long-range forecasting. If ever there’s a question about whether the Angels are going to play a particular game with gloomy skies above, they know whom to ask." Anytime you wish to go tornado chasing, Mike, my email is in my profile.............

Still Floundering: Mike Trout is struggling, but things are starting to look up. He did get one hit, one walk, only 1 strikeout, and got robbed on one other hit when ex-teammate, ex-Halo, not-too-great-of-a-defender-but-able-to-make-the-highlight-catch J.B. Shuck made the 2015 version of his web-gem outfield catch..................

Easy K: Kaleb Cowart can be forgiven for his 3-strikeout evening last night. Still fresh off the bus, he has yet to get used to the smell of his big-boy uniform and there he is facing Jeff Samardzija. But his at-bats: 0 balls, 3 strikes...1 ball 3 strikes...1 ball 3 strikes...Yuck. Now oh for six MLB career, young Kaleb is outpacing even Mike trout in his K rate. He has 4 of them in his 6 at-bats. It's a tough start, for sure. Then again, the rest of the home stand isn't going to get much easier. He might not be sticking around too long, so keep praying Mayhem!..........

Work Bench: Jered Weaver went 6 1/3 fine innings last night with 5 strikeouts against 5 hits. And with zero runs scored against. So at only 86 pitches thrown he was none too pleased to be yanked from the game. But when he got to the bench, he had good company. Albert Pujols was not in the lineup, either, getting a night off for old man reasons. Either that, or because he plays for Mike Scioscia, who woke up and noticed that Pujols had just hit 3 home runs in the last 4 games...............


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Elsewhere in Baseball

Utley Update: Chase Utley is coming to Southern California baseball after all, and to Los Angeles. Dodgers, not Angels. The Phillies are sending Utley and a big bag of cash to the Dodgers in exchange for a couple of prospects, Darnell Sweeney and John Richy. Of interest, to me at least, is that Utley has played 2B and some 1B in the field and the Dodgers already have a pretty productive 2B and 1B combo in Howie Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez. We had been hearing all along that Utley wanted to go someplace where he got lots of playing time. That all works out only as long as Kendrick remains on the DL (currently on the 15-day DL with a hamstring pull). But if Howie comes back, WTF? It turns out that Utley must be just fine with sitting on the bench, since that is the plan. Also, both Howie AND Utley will become free agents when this season is over. (Well, Utley has an option, but he won't qualify for vesting because he was injured. So the Dodgers could still claim his option for between $5MM and $15MM. Howie will be unrestricted unless LAD makes him a QO.)..........By the way, to make room for Utley, a guy we didn't get, the Dodgers DFA'd Alberto Callaspo, a guy we used to have.

Down low on the Dipoto: With Dombrowski now in charge in Boston, and Cherington boarding the bus for places unknown, The Red Sox are in the market for a new GM. High on the list is the guy they just hired to help out with GM type stuff: Jerry Dipoto. Not at the top of the list, mind you. Dipoto was not boiled in the same stew pot as Dumbo. Frank Wren was. (That's the same pot where you can still find Sosh residue sticking to the bottom, by the way.) But just imagine what a Dipoto could do with that farm system. Eewww..............

Lyle 'n' Eyes: Never stop writing silly things, Lyle. "Carl Crawford...One of game's 10 best for a decade". Umm. Nope. According to Fangraphs, he got as high as 2nd in 2010. And he was tied for 11th once. In 2009. Those are the only two seasons he even cracked the Top 20. In fact, in his entire career he only cracked the Top 30 three other times (2004 @ 24th, then 2005 @ 24th again, and 2006 @ 26th). So if we assume that Spencer is fantasizing about his observational prowess and focusing on Crawford's years between 2004 and 2010 (not a decade, but let's be kind here), the kind of guys in their heyday are guys like Albert Pujols and Ichiro and Carlos Beltran and Ryan Howard and Alex Rodriguez and Chase Utley and Derek Jeter and Grady Sizemore and Chipper Jones. So, no, not Top 10...........

OMNI: Derek Jeter commits error, challenges Brian Cashman to name a better shortstop. Cashman blurts out Tulo. Divi Jeter miffed ever since................Rusney Castillo cares not for math. Fails to count to three. Math pursues him with a vengeance.................MLB notice Ned Yost wears an Apple watch in MLB dugout. MLB calls Yost to determine whether Yost is using said watch illegally during games. MLB learns (from Yost) that said watch is merely a watch when away from iPhone. Punchline: Yost got said watch as a gift...from MLB............I've seen the infield fly rule called by umpires all my life. I cannot ever recall seeing the infield fly rule invoked. Certainly not in an MLB game. Until now. Bases loaded, too. Dude..............Mike Napoli hit by pitch. Twice. By the same pitch. After the pitch had already bounced in the dirt. The Dallas area hasn't seen such a magic trajectory for over 50 years.............

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And now, being the full service weekend linkage institution that we are, here is the obligatory moment we take out of each Friday Thursday...for beer...(which works better on Thursdays anyway, because it gives you all some runway to take advantage of Friday goings on...)

Friday: Nada.....

Saturday: 5th Annual Taste of Brews Long Beach, at Shoreline Aquatic Park..........Festival of Dankness at San Diego Waterfront Park..........Taste of Petaluma at Putnam Plaza Park, Petaluma..........Mira Mesa Festival of Beers at Mira Mesa Community Park in San Diego..........Hops in Humboldt Beer Festival at Rohner Park in Fortuna..........Napa Blues, Brews & BBQ at Historic Downtown Napa..........

Sunday: Trump National Golf Club Wine & Beer Festival at Trump National Golf Club in Palos Verdes

BEER BONUS #1: We continue to track the Ales for ALS 2015 project brought to us by red floyd. This week nothing is scheduled..........

Stay safe, everyone!

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(All grammatical errors still remaining should be intentional.)

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