Sunday, June 20, 2010
Evisceration: Angels 12, Cubs 0
The Angels got to Ted Lilly early, with a Howie Kendrick leadoff shot setting the tone for the game. The Angels then proceeded to make it 4-0 on a Juan Rivera bases-clearing double. By the end of the day, Brandon Wood had a multi-hit game (2-for-5), and even Weaver got a hit. Torii Hunter hit a two-run jack in the sixth to make it 6-0, and the Angels just kept nicking the Cubs thereafter until they doubled the score.
Weaver, of course, was dominant, and took over the MLB lead in strikeouts, fanning eleven along the way to notching his seventh win of the season. And all this despite the wind blowing out, one of the reasons Wrigley can be among the league's most treacherous to flyball pitchers.
The Cubs' season isn't over by the calendar or the elimination numbers, but between Lou Piniella's miscues and watching the end of career Derrek Lee (and possibly end of career Aramis Ramirez log frequent flier miles on the DL), the Cubs are stuck firmly in neutral this year. Though the Angels aren't nearly the team they were two years ago, it looks like they'll at least manage to avoid that fate this year.