- Yes, he grounded into a rally-thwarting double play that induced post-traumatic stress flashbacks of Howie Kendrick. Yes, he struck out. But he also banged one out of the park. Ladies and gentlemen, Sean Rodriguez!!! I don't care about the other three at-bats; that power is exactly what the Angels need, especially as long as Vlad Guerrero keeps playing like Wilton Guerrero. I now look forward to seeing S-Rod get another start two weeks from now.
- Two base hits to the opposite field? In the same game? For Mike Napoli? Could it possibly be true? Can I ask more rhetorical questions? Anytime Napoli is going oppo, it is a very good thing. With the funk he has been mired in for the last month, this is great news even if it came on a night when everyone was smacking Barry Zito around the park.
- Feel the power! Rivera, S-Rod, Aybar and even Abreu all went deep and continued the Halos' recent power surge. A guy could get use to this (though we all know that I would only be setting myself up for disappointment).
- For the first time since the starting weeks of the season the Angels have a positive run differential. This is really just a number, but all the stat-heads out there will tell you run-differentials correlate strongly with a team's final record, getting the differential back into the positive is just a first step on the Angels getting into position to win the division once again.
- WTF, Bobby Abreu? That's three errors now in the last your last two games. You're an outfielder for crying out loud. You shouldn't even have three errors in two months. I almost almost starting to pine for Vlad Guerrero's days of bumbling in right field.
- A hearty congratulations goes out to the Bullpen of Doom, with a special shout out to Kevin Jepsen, for very nearly turning a cake walk of a win into a soul-crushing loss.
- John Lackey