Maurer came into tonight’s game with a 7.45 ERA. Apparently, that was good enough because he was able to shutout the Angels through 6 1/3 innings. But, that had more to do with the Angels’ bats, than Maurer’s pitching (I refuse to give him any credit). The Angels just couldn’t find any momentum. It was just one of those games. No player reached third base, and it wasn’t until the 5th inning that someone reached second base. The Angels could not muster anything up with the rally promptly ended by a Peter Bourjos double play ball. The same situation occurred again in the 7th, but it was Chris Iannetta’s double play ball that ended the inning.
Garrett Richards pitched better than his box score line showed. He pitched 6 innings of 2-run baseball until the Big Catorce decided to intentionally walk Peguero in order pitch to Jason Bay. Bay responded with a 2-run single. You can’t really blame Sosh for the decision because of Peguero’s earlier homerun, but it blew up in his face. The Angels showed no signs of waking up anyways.
--Anyone else starting to notice Mike Trout flipping his bat? I guess I’m not the only one who really, really misses Torii. But, seriously who does this guy talk to in the clubhouse?
--Kendrys Morales went 1-4 in his reunion with his old team, hitting into two double plays. His one hit came in his last at-bat in the 8th inning. While we’re on the subject of Morales, was I the only one who cringed a couple days ago when Howie Kendrick jumped onto home plate after his walk-off? For goodness sake, didn’t we already learn our lesson!
--A day after every newspaper in the nation wrote about how the Angels weren’t stealing bags, Trout got caught stealing second in the 6th.
--Pujols started his first game at 1st base...in a while. A great sign that his plantar fasciitis is fading.
--To reiterate, the Angels only got two runners in scoring position, going 0- 2. Yeaaah.
Halo A- Hole of the Game
The whole offense deserves this honor, but it’s Iannetta’s face because he came up short in the 7th inning, when the Halos needed a clutch hit the most.