Thursday, May 05, 2011
Gazpacho Isn't The Only Dish Served Cold: Angels 11, Red Sox 0
If the first two games of this series were depressing catastrophes, the second two were revenge served in long form, yesterday's a record-setting game that saw pitches thrown at Fenway well past 2:00 AM. Today's was a serial whupping that had the Angels utterly annihilate their former teammate John Lackey — who famously left the Angels for a bigger payday at Fenway — while posting crooked numbers in three straight innings against him. Lucha libre couldn't have been more libre than it was today.
Mark Trumbo drove in a pair on another epic homer that recalled the blasts Troy Glaus used to hit at Fenway. Not only that — he doubled his season walk total with a pair of walks. I'm not sure which is better, but either way, it was teh awesome.
The offense finally found its groove against Red Sox pitching; almost everything worked, and Lackey looked like he was throwing batting practice. Contrariwise, the Angels pitching — even, dear God, Francisco Rodriguez (not the good one) — managed clean innings. It was the largest blanking the Angels have ever managed against the Red Sox, and to do it in Fenway was something special. Extra bonus points to take the AL West flag all by their lonesomes. (As I write this, they could be a whole game up, as the M's are leading Texas 3-1 with one out to go in the top of the 9th.)
Update: The M's won it, so the Angels are a game up in the division.