In my mental map of this year's season, the season had several false starts: the series win over Baltimore, the sweep of the Twins, but none of those were against contending teams. If tonight the opportunity to sweep the Yanks comes to fruition, it would be nothing short of astonishing, the Angels capping an improbable winning streak with an exclamation point.
The guys now we are starting to grow accustomed to getting the job done offensively — Trout and Trumbo — also had a thunderous ovation added to that list by Albert Pujols, the man paid as a Cooperstown bat but who has mostly played like a reserve all year. Yet, Pujols has homered five times since May 22, so the small sample size theater is ongoing and positive. Trumbo's homer, particularly, was a monster shot to the rockpile in center; if Andy Pettite had anything in the tank, it certainly didn't appear so.
Dan Haren was generally masterful (his third straight good outing), Scott Downs threw a scoreless inning, and while Ernesto Frieri was wobbly (loading the bases on a hit batter and a pair of walks), he escaped unscathed. Get 'em tonight, boys.
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