Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A Trip To The Maul: Angels 15, Rangers 4
At first, it looked like it might be a pitcher's duel, with both teams tied after three; but then Mark Trumbo homered in the fourth, and the Angels never looked back. With the help of four errors from Texas (three of their 15 runs were unearned), the Angels had their way with the scoreboard. Let's face it, when Maicer Izturis homers, you know the baseball gods are on your side. Ditto Mark Trumbo with four RBIs.
Peter Bourjos — and the bottom of the order — did virtually all of the hitting. Heck, even Vernon Wells had a twofer day.
The Angels are now tied for first. It may be the last time this year, but it's grand, considering how everyone (me included) figured them for a third-place finish.
And lastly — sadly — Brandon Wood was DFA'd to make room for Erick Aybar. Good luck on your new team, Brandon.
Update: I just got done looking at the Trumbo homer, and I was shocked at how many empty seats there were in Arlington.
Update 2: Bill Plunkett of the Register has more about the consequences for Brandon Wood.