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Angels get help from unlikely places in 11-4 rout over Tigers

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

Angels 11 Tigers 4

Today’s baseball game already happened, and you probably missed most of the action. Yes, I just said “action”...this game had LOTS of action, how about that?! This 10am PST getaway affair started out rocky and looked like it was going the route of their previous road trip series, meaning they were probably going to lose and make all of us back home upset.

Not today, my friends.

J.C. Ramirez was the starter for the Halos today, and by the time we got through three full innings, Ramirez had been tagged for four runs off of a handful of hits, including one of those pesky home runs that Angels hurlers are so prone to giving up. Ramirez kept his composure as much as he could, and eventually would get through 5.0 IP with 10 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB and 4 Ks.

That’s nothing to write home about, but today, it was good enough to take home the victory and notch a somewhat-quality start on the road. That’s mainly due to the Angels going off of the Tigers from the fifth inning and beyond, in true Halo Blitz fashion, putting the fans’ minds at ease and giving us all a nice series win to beam about.

When the Angels were down 3-0 after just two innings, Danny Espinosa put the good guys on the board with an RBI double, cutting the score to 3-1. It’d then be 4-1 after a Nick Castellanos RBI single in the 3rd, and that’s pretty much the nadir of the contest, thankfully. After the 3rd, the Halos got to work.

It all turned to the Halos’ favor in the fifth, when hit after hit kept coming and they fought back to take the lead. Eric Young, Jr. doubled, followed by singles from Espinosa, Andrelton Simmons, Juan Graterol and Kole Calhoun. By the time that flurry of action was over, it was tied at 4-4, and then an Albert Pujols sac fly gave them the 5-4 lead.

The Angels got four runs in that big fifth inning, but that was chump change compared to their seventh inning. C.J. Cron had a big, two-run single, and both Young and Espinosa also drove in runs, as well. Simba got himself another RBI single, too, and when the dust settled in that frame, the Halos had put up six runs on Detroit, giving them a gigantic 11-4 advantage.

That’d be enough to take the win and the series, ultimately, letting the Angels continue on their road trip without having that losing series albatross around their necks. The heroes were somewhat unlikely, in that Danny Espinosa (3-4) and Eric Young Jr (3-5) both had big days, and Simmons also went 3-5 from the leadoff spot, with the surging Kole Calhoun adding two big knocks of his own.

Offensive explosions are the best, because they help you win games. That’s my analysis on this one, and it’s pretty much bulletproof, don’t even try to argue. Now is the part where I beg them to have some consistency, and do this again in the next series, but...yeah...we know how that goes.