April 19, 2014 |
Tigers 5, Angels 2 KEY MOMENT: With runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the fourth inning, right-hander Max Scherzer struck out Erick Aybar swinging to end the inning and preserve a 3-1 lead. A hit by the Angels shortstop in that situation would have tied and changed the complexion of the game. BOX SCORE: Tigers 5, Angels 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels managed only four hits, but two were home runs, a shot to right field by J.B. Shuck to lead off the game and a ninth-inning shot to left field that gave Albert Pujols 498. The Angels lead the major leagues with 29 home runs.
April 12, 2014 |
The Angels have played three games since cleanup batter Josh Hamilton went on the disabled list. The cleanup batters: David Freese in the first game, Raul Ibanez in the second and Howie Kendrick in the third. Kendrick, the Angels' second baseman, has started 903 career games, 12 in the cleanup spot. For now, Kendrick is likely to be the cleanup batter against left-handed starters, Manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels like the idea of a left-handed batter behind Albert Pujols and in the cleanup spot against right-handers, Scioscia said.
March 17, 2014 |
AT THE PLATE: Kole Calhoun hit a walk-off home run, the second of his two hits against the Giants. He also stole a base. Erick Aybar (two hits) and Howie Kendrick (two runs batted in) make for a hot-hitting middle infield, with Aybar at .333 and Kendrick at .387. ON THE MOUND: Hector Santiago (against the Giants) and Joe Blanton (against the Cubs) each pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs and four hits. Joe Smith, the Angels' $15.75-million relief solution, blew a 6-3 lead against the Giants by giving up four runs and four hits.
March 16, 2014 |
Mariners 5, Angels 3 AT THE PLATE: Erick Aybar singled and tripled for two of the Angels' six hits. Kole Calhoun, Matt Long and Andrew Romine each stole a base, giving the Angels 16 steals in 19 games. Romine, fighting for a backup infield job, has stolen four bases. ON THE MOUND: C.J. Wilson gave up four runs - two earned - in five-plus innings. He struck out seven, giving him 19 strikeouts in 16 innings this spring. Right-hander Cory Rasmus scarcely is mentioned among the Angels' bullpen candidates, but he pitched two scoreless innings Sunday and has a 0.00 earned-run average through nine innings this spring.
March 8, 2014 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Temperatures are rising in the Phoenix area, but the Angels offense has cooled considerably since the team banged out 15 hits in a 15-3 win over the Chicago Cubs in their Cactus League opener on Feb. 28. In eight exhibition games since, the Angels, who face an Arizona split squad Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, have combined for 25 runs and 69 hits. Only three Angels regulars seem to be swinging the bat well: catcher Chris Iannetta, who is hitting .500 (four for eight)
September 28, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Angels looked a little groggy Saturday morning, committing five errors, one shy of their franchise record for a game, in the first five innings of a 7-4 loss to Texas that kept the Rangers' playoff hopes alive. But Manager Mike Scioscia wasn't buying the suggestion that an early start - the game was moved from 7 p.m. CDT to 11 a.m. because of the threat of heavy rains, which drenched the Ballpark in Arlington field in the bottom of the ninth inning - was a factor in the sloppy play.