Redemption, thy name is interleague play.
Count me among the growing segment of baseball fans who has seen enough of interleague play, but I guess it does have its good points. Specifically, interleague has always been very kind to the Halos.
This final game of this particular interleague series was all about giving the Angels a shot at redemption on multiple fronts. Redemption from having choked away last night's game. Redemption for Tyler Chatwood's last rough start. Redemption for several struggling position players. Check, check and check.
As much as I was waiting for the three-run Angel lead to disappear in the late innings, it never really came to pass. A big part of that was Tyler Chatwood showing composure beyond his years to overcome early trouble and buckle down to keep Atlanta in check deep into the game. That permitted the Angels to avoid using some of the more unsavory relievers in their pen and rely only on Downs and Walden.
The Halos even showed some uncharacteristic offensive pluck by scoring some insurance runs in the latter innings, led by the heretofore struggling veteran duo of Bobby Abreu.