In the first inning, the tone was set by the Angels, and that tone was "Take this long ball and shove, we aint losing here no more." Right in the first side of the game, we saw Mike Trout go deep, with Erick Aybar on base, for his 40th homer of the year. The two-run blast marked the second time an Angel player has eclipsed the 40 homer mark(Troy Glaus...two times). It was just Mike Trout making history again, no big deal.
With that huge 2-0 lead early, the Angels weren't done, and Albert Pujols came up to bat and crushed an absolute no doubter to left field, hitting the wall far above the bleachers and bouncing back. Pujols obviously read my piece from earlier today when I was critical of him, and thus had a chip on his shoulder. Job well done, Mayhem. Worked like a charm. It also marked the eighth time this season that they went yard in back-to-back ABs, and it is always one of the more blood pumping things we can see our squad do.
Hector Santiago was on the mound, and that early 3-0 cushion came in handy, as the Astros would get to Hector quite often, and even scoring a couple runs on solo shots from Marwin Gonzalez and Chris Carter in the second. After that, Hector would get into a few jams, but ultimately worked out of them, and the bullpen would do a good job of hanging on to the lead.
Luckily in the eighth, Kole Calhoun hit a bloop single that would score a run for the Halos, because the Astros tacked on a run in the eighth themselves, this time on a wild pitch from Huston Street(Joe Smith being injured, of course). Street would get out of that inning without further damage, and then Street would come out in the ninth, as well, and put Houston(the team, not Huston the dude) on lock down and the Angels evened up the series at one game a piece.
The Angels gain an ever-important game in the standings, and all on the backs of a couple gorgeous bombs, a fortuitous Kole Calhoun knock, and solid pitching from not only the starter, but for the bullpen, as well. Here's to this game being the beginning of an improbably winning streak.