For the first time all season the Angels won a game exactly according to the plan they drew up when they put this roster together. Pujols hit ball far. Starting pitcher dominate. Angels win. Hulk smash.
Or something like that.
The point is Pujols hit another homer and even picked up two hits after that for good measure. This is what the Angels paid him to do and, as much as I mocked the notion before, he might be turning the proverbial corner, for real this time. That is huge for this Angel lineup. They've obviously been struggling to score runs this year but the assumption before the season was that Pujols would carry them during their cold spells. He hasn't done that yet which has only served to exacerbate the cold stretches. But now, he is heating up as the rest of the team has gone a bit cold (again), and lo and behold the Angels are finding ways to win. It may not be pretty, but it is a formula that works.
Of course, the other key component of the formula is getting stellar starting pitching, which the Angels finally got from Dan Haren. Even though Seattle has a lousy lineup of their own, seeing Haren dominate them like he did was a great sign and strong indicator that his back has healed up, though he still seems to be missing an MPH or two off his fastball. But hey, let's not focus on the negative. He was great, Pujols was great, the Angels won. I'll take that every day of the week and twice on Sunday.