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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Jun 2, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

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Not sure if you’ve heard about him, but this Mike Trout fellow is pretty dang good.

The 20-year-old was in the middle of everything again last night, going 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI in a 4-2 win over the AL West leading Rangers.

Trout got the Angels on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning with an RBI triple and then scored the tying run on a single by Albert Pujols. After making an excellent running catch to end a scoring threat in the top of the seventh, Trout put the Angels in front by dumping a two-run single in center field.

Jerome Williams did his part by allowing two runs over seven innings while Scott Downs and Ernesto Frieri each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to lock down the victory.

The Angels have nine wins in their last 11 games and now sit at 27-26 on the season, just 4 1/2 games behind the Rangers. Of course, Trout has been a big part of their recent resurgence, hitting .309/.370/.537 with five home runs, seven doubles, three triples, 19 RBI, eight stolen bases and a .906 OPS in 31 games since being called up from the minors in late April.

Your Friday box scores:

Marlins 4, Phillies 6

Yankees 9, Tigers 4

Twins 1, Indians 7

Cardinals 0, Mets 8

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 2

Reds 4, Astros 1

Orioles 0, Rays 5

Pirates 8, Brewers 2

Mariners 4, White Sox 7

Dodgers 3, Rockies 13

Athletics 0, Royals 2

Diamondbacks 1, Padres 7

Cubs 3, Giants 4

Braves/Nationals – PPD

  1. Old Gator - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    The quintessential moment in last Night’s Feesh/Feelies game was when Tweeter came up in the top of the third with the bases loaded, one out and the Rainbow Warriors a gossamer run behind, and prompted grounded into a pasa doble. I admit it – I thought he would strike out. But why not just clear the slate efficiently if you’ve only got Petersen (.213), Buck (.160) and Coghlan (.130) coming up anyway? Granted, Infante and the Hanster popped up and struck out the with bases loaded and one out in the eighth, but that’s not a recurrent motif. The bottom third plus one of the Feesh’s batting order has been as black a hole as anything in Calcutta and, despite their hot May, I continue to inseest that with hitters that useless populating your lineup, you’re just a flash in the pan when the long haul requires a steady simmer.

    Note to Slobbering Ozzie: never send a starter out after a midgame rain delay, bufo – even when you’ve stuck your foot in it by calling him the second coming of Sandy Koufax and Iron Man McGinnity combined.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    1) Why does Buchholz always pitch well against the Blue Jays and not against the other teams?
    2) Why does Buchholz get so much run support?
    3) Where was the “man in white” when we needed him?

    • 24missed - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      proudlycanadian,

      1. The Red Sox don’t have an answer to this one. Buchholz knows he is one step away from AAAholz, and he always manages a game against the Blue Jays. He still makes me so queasy in the stomach and is not a pitcher I want on the mound.

      2. Buchholz gets so much run support because Nick Punto is a starter now.

      3. The infamous “man in white” is wearing earmuffs and has switched teams.

      I am surprised that Buchholz can pull off a win against the Blue Jays, too. With Farrell at the helm, he knows that Buchholz is so rattled with a man on base. Farrell scared the living stuffings out of Buchholz and I’ll bet that he still gives him the jitters just being within the same domain.

      So, I answered some questions, but, I’m questioning, too.

  3. softballgod - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Go Cubbies…….maybe to triple a so we can at least finish .500 lol

  4. echech88 - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Should be interesting to see what Scioscia does when Vernon Wells comes back. I will always remember the Angels sending a red-hot Jered Weaver back down to the minors to let his brother Jeff back into the rotation in 2006, only to watch him spray gasoline all over their playoff chase and strike a match.

    • gloccamorra - Jun 2, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      DiPoto wasn’t the GM back then. It might be different now.

  5. goawaydog - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Orange Friday saw phone booth park rockin. I know there are other best fans in baseball parks out there, but Giants fan come strong evey night. Loud supportive and over 40,000 for 100+ games in a row got to see the MadBum strike out 11, walk zip, and go 8 innings throwing 24 of 30 first pitch strikes. Oh and Melky? Just a single and a triple to star off June after his 51 hit month of May. Pagan has hit safely in 25 straight home games too. The GMen gain 3.5 games on the dodgers in 6 days to be 4 back now. And waiting in the wings, The Panda is going to start his minor league rehab.

  6. APBA Guy - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    The A’s losing streak is now at 9, accomplished in style with their second consecutive shut out, this one at the hands of a bunch of guys from the Royals who all throw hard. Now, what does that say about your offense when you have 9 guys who can’t hit above average major league heat? OG talks about the black hole at the bottom of the Marlins’ line-up. Right now, the A’s line-up is a black hole 1-9. Three hits yesterday, two by Weeks, and only his lead-off double was hit hard. The A’s were fun when they were “scrappy”, but now the league’s bullpens have settled down, the rotations are established (aside from injuries) and the advance scouts have solid data on A’s hitters. The results are not pretty. Cespedes looked like he’d never seen the hard stuff in, slider low and away that KC threw at him yesterday, despite that having been the pattern used on him since Day 1. The difference is that now, in early June, the only pitchers he’s going to see are ones who can execute. He’ll hit a mistake now and again, but until he adjusts to MLB pitching he’s going to continue flailing and failing.

  7. angrycorgi - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Albert Pujols brought him in on a sac fly, not a single. Pujols didn’t have a single base hit last night.

  8. slumdog66 - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Woah, corgi is angry

    • Old Gator - Jun 2, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Corgis are like that. It’s a way of compensating for their lilliputian stature. Fortunately, here in Macondo, feral pythons are taking care of the corgi problem for us, and we don’t even have to swerve into oncoming traffic to deal with them anymore.

  9. uyf1950 - Jun 2, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Good win for the Yankees and good to see both Granderson and especially A-Rod go deep in Comerica Park.

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