Maybe it is time to just hand the entire Angel lineup over to the youngsters? Once again, it was the first and second year players at the bottom of the lineup igniting a big offensive night for the Halos and I am starting to think that isn't just an anomaly.
We've seen this story before, but this time the cast of characters were a little bit different. Instead of Trumbo going off, Alexi Amarista took his place and made a very nice impression in his debut. However, the lion's share of the work was done by Hank Conger and Peter Bourjos who teamed up to score three runs and drive in three runs combined. Howie Kendrick and Torii Hunter chipped in a fair amount as well, but make no mistake, this night belonged to the kids.
With as old and broken down the middle of the lineup has looked, the bottom of the lineup has been the exact opposite. The youngsters are starting to give the Angels added dimensions to their offense that have been sorely lacking of late. Conger and Bourjos can bring the power. Bourjos and, for tonight at least, Amarista can bring the speed and clutch hitting. While it is a risk to rely on such young players to make such big contributions every night, games like this prove that it is a risk worth taking. Maybe not now, but soon, Mike Scioscia needs to give the kids more responsibility and put them in more prominent position to make contributions and shy away from his struggling veterans out of sheer loyalty.