Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Angels Retake First Place With Sixth Straight Win: Angels 4, A's 2
The Angels knocked out a couple on Bobby Abreu's first inning homer off Ben Sheets, and when the Angels came back for more in the fifth (on an Erick Aybar triple and Howie Kendrick's infield single), that was all they needed, Brian Fuentes on the mound in the ninth or no. Scott Kazmir posted his second-longest game of the year, giving up only one run. Fernando Rodney showed in the eighth why Detroit was happy to let him seek his fortune elsewhere, getting himself into and (largely) out of trouble.
Finally, I wanted to make a mention — if tardy, and only in passing — of the Angels 9-4 win in Seattle on Sunday, which completed a road sweep of the blue-and-teal northrons. Mainly, that's because of something David Pinto forwarded that, owing to the usual time constraints, I failed to comment on at the time. Namely, while the M's haven't been mathematically eliminated, they are getting close to a point where they may as well be. Of course, they did beat Texas in Arlington behind a Cliff Lee complete game, but they really need to sweep the Rangers, and hope the Angels fall apart, too. There's too many teams ahead of them for this to look anything like hopeful at this point, and though comments like that have a way of coming back (remember "the Giants is dead" from 1951?), it would be one of the more remarkable comebacks in late memory.