It was the kind of night that makes you consider a different title. One of those nights where everything that could happen in Anaheim’s favor did happen.
Honestly, I wouldn’t have blamed anyone else for putting the focus on Albert Pujols. After all, he went 3-4 with a breath-taking blast to left field to overtake Ken Griffey Jr. for sole possession of 6th place on the all-time list.
If that wasn’t enough, he also stole his first base of the season. You might find it surprising that he did it standing up despite a throw, but the real shocker is that it was third base.
All in all, Albert Pujols had the kind of night that people talk about for years to come.
I also wouldn’t have blamed you if you had focused on the much-maligned and slumping Luis Valbuena. He did have a 2-RBI double and took 2 walks, but that included an intentional walk. Talking about him in a positive light for once would be welcome as he actually sort of deserved it.
Skaggs had a great start
Simmons, Ohtani, Fletcher, and Calhoun all also contributed a great deal in their own various ways, and talking about the roles they played would be justifiable. Ohtani, in particular, hit his 9th home run of the season and his 9th at home and his 9th off of right-handed pitchers. That’s what you call an impressive man.
But Trout led the onslaught with another night that almost made you completely forget the last month. Trout came away with 10 total bases including two completely-different looking bombs to different areas of the field. He would also get hit by a pitch (on what would have been ball 4 anyway). The man could do no wrong up until he saw Hector Santiago in the 8th.
Needless to say, everything clicked this evening.
It was a bizarre night, but the Angels will take it nonetheless and we fans needed it for sure. Let’s please bear witness as the massacre continues tomorrow when Tropeano faces off against Covey at 1:07 PM CST.