Angels 12 Mets 5
The Angels didn’t have Albert Pujols in the lineup once again, and they were facing down the barrel of a sweep at the hands of the Mets, but those things didn’t stop them from lighting up New York with an impressive day at the plate that included just about every type of dinger there is in baseball, and a bunch of walks, too. So the entire weekend wasn’t lost after all!
As Victor Rojas mentioned, the Halos completed the rare team homer cycle; that means the Angels had a solo shot (Jefry Marte), a two-run blast (Mike Trout), a three-run Jimmy jack (Andrelton Simmons) and a grand salami (C.J. Cron, his first homer of the year). When you hit four home runs like that, you’re bound to win the game.
On top of that, the Angels got nine walks on the day, so they were not only crushing the ball, but they were patient and getting the most out of their plate appearances. Again, if your team can do things like walk a ton and knock four homers out of the park, you’ll have a good day.
Jesse Chavez almost gave this one up, at one point, though. The Angels were just too comfy, I guess, so he gave up three home runs to get things a little closer. No matter, as they would get those runs back, and then some, so today was the one day where Chavez’s horrible homer tendency didn’t sink the team or cost him the win.
Let’s hope they can build on this, and keep murdering the ball, even if Pujols continues to stay out. This team, I could watch all day.