Angels 2 Athletics 1
The Big A was chock full of good, good stuff tonight. The plays on the field, the excitement in the stands, the company I found myself in, the W, the win streak, the Mike Trout hit streak, and much, much more. Yep, once again the phrase TEAM OF DESTINY is to be on the tip of our tongues at all times.
Ricky Nolasco was the starter tonight, and going into the game, I was worried about the homers he has been giving up, naturally. Nolasco loves give up the dingrz, but tonight, he would leave the Athletics bereft of any bombastic blasts; his final stat line of 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB and 4 Ks is not quite up to the levels we’ve been spoiled with from other starters as of late.
(at this point in my writing, I was notified by our story editor that Rahul was viewing what I was writing, so I told him to get out of here and he left this message “No DINGERZ were given up by the Angels pitching staff. That is all.” Everybody got that?)
Kendall Graveman can be stingy against the Halos, but tonight they didn’t really take any guff from him, tagging him for six hits and two earned runs...two runs, both occuring in the very first inning, which would ultimately be all that was needed to light up the halo later on in the evening.
Mike Trout doubled in his first at-bat, and he was then driven home by a Pujols single. C.J. Cron then added a double for himself, which put another run on the board, and then it turned into a matter of holding on to that lead for dear life. With Nolasco’s solid evening, combined with scoreless appearances from Blake Parker, David Hernandez, Jose Alvarez and Bud Norris, those two runs might as well have been 12.
So the Angels got a gutsy win, on the backs of a great group pitching effort, Mike Trout’s double gave him an 11-game hitting streak, Ricky Nolasco DID NOT give up a homer for the first time in 2017, the Angels are back to .500, they won their 4th consecutive game, and they swept the pesky A’s.
Now take all of that on-field awesomeness and add to it a rowdy group of Halos Heaven peeps (myself, Jessica, Erik and Rahul) acting like total goofballs in the stands, and you have one hell of an entertaining night. I love my Halos Heaven friends, and that includes YOU, too! Yes, YOU!
Lots of radness to celebrate, my friends. But most of all, we should celebrate the return of THE TEAM OF DESTINY: YOUR 2017 ANGELS.