Understatement of the year or what?
Seven strong innings, with only one earned run on 3 hits. J.B. Shuck led the game off with a home run, but after the 3rd inning the Angel bats went silent. Albert Pujols connected on a Vernon Wells Special in the top of the 9th, but nothing else could be done. Detroit’s bats came alive against C.J. Wilson early, taking advantage of command issues that sometimes plague the left hander. Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez went deep, essentially putting the game out of reach. The Tigers needed to steady the ship after last night’s onslaught, and they did just that.
Fun Fact 1 - With today’s loss, Los Angeles has not been able to climb past the .500 mark since the first game of the 2013 season, a 3-1 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Opening Day. Not really fun, actually.
Fun Fact 2 - Mike Trout struck out 4 times in a game for the first time in his career. Wear that Golden Sombrero proudly boy fish.
The series wraps up tomorrow morning, a 10:05 AM Pacific start on Fox Sports West and KLAA 830. Hector Santiago will look to build on his own 7 inning, 1 run start against the Oakland A’s. Detroit counters with Rick Porcello, who must be happy he isn’t pitching in Anaheim. The last time the Halos faced Porcello, they dropped a 9-spot on him in the first inning, an 11 batter blitzkrieg that ended on a Mike Trout grand slam to deep center field. I wouldn’t mind a repeat!