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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Trumbomb Powers Seventh Straight Win: Angels 9, Yankees 8

I look forward to years of writing about Mark Trumbo's explosive power, and to more wins like this one — minus, of course, the early removal of Jered Weaver due to a sproinged back (MRIs and such due later today). I'm hoping he'll pull it out and only miss a start or so.

Minus Weaver (who didn't last long enough to even record a single out), the Angels did surprisingly well by running a chain of relievers out there. Bobby Cassevah, whom I expected would get impaled, allowed all his inherited baserunners to score, but settled down in subsequent innings to limit the Yankees to just the three runs (all charged to Weaver, unfairly) plus one more on a Curtis Granderson solo homer in the second. Cassevah should not be mistaken for a guy you want in a tight spot, but he performed adequately under the circumstances.

That opened the door to Takahashi, Carpenter, and Isringhausen, all of whom gave up at least one run, so that by the end of that line, the score was all knotted at eight. Then Cory Wade, then Mark Trumbo — who, by the way, ended the day a mere single away from hitting for the cycle. Mike Trout homered earlier in the game, against Phil Hughes, whom the Angels pretty reliably battered and must by now be running into significant questions about his longevity in the rotation. He exited the game with a 5.64 ERA, snapping a string of five straight good starts.

Good show, guys. That's seven wins in a row. I'm still not convinced this is anything but a .500 team, give or take a few wins, but it's nice to see a few rack up on the W side.

Angels recapESPN Box

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