Don’t look now, but the Angels are playing like the hottest team in baseball. They’ve swept two consecutive series, have won six in a row and eight of their last nine games. Probably their best game of that stretch came on Sunday afternoon in their 10-3 victory over the D-Backs.
This game looked over pretty early on. The Angels jumped on the board right away, as they scored two quick runs in the first inning. Justin Upton led off the game with a single and then Max Stassi hit a two-run homer for his fifth of the season. It’s been a small sample size for Stassi this season, but in 21 games this season he has five homers and is hitting .339 with an OPS of above 1.000.
LA then added four runs in the second inning, pushing their lead to six. After David Fletcher drove in a run, Justin Upton cleared the bases to bring in two runs with a single. He then came in to score on a double from Jared Walsh to make it 6-0.
Doubles from Juan Lagares and Fletcher in the sixth inning drove in two runs, and a two-run homer from Walsh in the eighth gave them double digits. For Walsh, it was his 14th homer of the season. Quietly, he’s putting together a little MVP campaign for the Angels through the first two months of the season.
On the pitching side of things, Patrick Sandoval was great again for the Halos. He gave them six strong innings and allowed only two runs. This was his fifth consecutive start in which he allowed two runs or less. It was also his first win of the season, as he failed to earn one through his first seven starts.
Don’t look now, but the Angels are a game over .500. Seems like it’s been awhile since we could say that, right? As of right now, they are still six games back in the division but are now only four games back of the wild card spot.