Jered Weaver got sick and missed his start today and it seemed like his absence was going to make us all sick after watching the Halos fall into a 5-0 early. Instead, it wound up being Tampa fans who were left with an ill feeling in their stomachs after the Halos mounted a comeback to win the game and the series.
With Weaver being a late scratch, Tyler Chatwood sure seemed like he was late getting news that he was taking Weaver's place because the youngster didn't really show up until the second inning. Once again, Chatwood's consistency and command got the best of him with the Rays tagging him for seven hits and five runs in the first inning, and it could have been much worse had John Jaso not attempted an ill-conceived steal to bail the Angels out of the inning. After that, Chatwood managed to puzzle us all once again by quickly settling into a relative groove thereafter, allowing just two more hits and two walks with no runs crossing the plates over the next three-plus innings.
Ironically enough, with bad baserunning costing Tampa an even bigger inning in the first, it was some very smart baserunning the would go on to win the Angels the game. Enough can't be said about what a savvy veteran move it was for Vernon Wells to slam on the brakes and get into a rundown in the eighth inning. On that same play, so many other players, especially younger ones, would've tried to do something stupid, like plow through the second baseman to break-up the doubleplay, a move that would've only ensured the Rays would turn two. No, Wells finally did something right for the Halos and stayed safely away from the fielder, but close enough to draw his attention away from Torii Hunter heading for home. It may just have been instinct for Vernon, but it was the right reaction and it won the game for the team. Great job, Wells.