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1979 Angels Week 20: Nolan Ryan returns

Halos dropped 4 of 6 games but somehow widened their lead in the AL West.

California Angels v New York Yankees Photo by B Bennett/Getty Images

The Angels suffered a losing week 41 years ago, getting swept at home by the Tigers before recovering to take two of three from the Blue Jays.

After missing nearly three weeks with a strained muscle in his elbow, Nolan Ryan returned to the mound but with spotty results. He allowed four runs and only struck out two in a loss to the Tigers Monday, then allowed five runs Saturday to Toronto, but lasted 8⅔ innings and struck out seven in a win that snapped the Halos’ four-game losing skid.

That win on Saturday featured four Angels home runs, including two by Bobby Grich, after the team was held to just one total home run over the four straight losses. Grich also homered Sunday, hitting .333 during the week, but he embodied the Angels all week.

Grich against Detroit was 0-for-10, but then busted out with three multi-hit games against Toronto, going 7-for-11 with eight RBI.

But despite the Angels dropping four of six games, they actually widened their lead in the American League West to four games over the Twins, who were just 2-5 last week.

Weekly summary

2-4 record
23 runs scored (6.00 per game)
30 runs allowed (4.00 per game)
.381 pythagorean record

Year-to-date summary

69-55 record
666 runs scored (5.45 per game)
552 runs allowed (4.42 per game)
.585 pythagorean record (73-51)

AL West standing: 1st place, 4 games up on Minnesota

Game results

Up next

The Angels finish off their homestand with a series against the Indians, followed by a weekend series in Toronto, the start of a 10-game road trip.