June 7: Houston 5, Anaheim 4
The Angels had some rare power on display in this one, knocking six extra-base hits, highlighted by Troy Glaus doubling and homering. Glaus continues to be a surprising source of power for Anaheim and is now slugging .532, miles ahead of Tim Salmon’s .420, the second-highest slugging percentage on the team.
Along with Glaus’s power, Jered Weaver has been about the only bright spot during Anaheim’s miserable season to date. Weaver was the only qualified pitcher in the Expansion Division with a sub-3.00 ERA heading into this game, but Houston inflated that number a bit. Moises Alou did a lot of the damage with a solo homer in the second and a three-run shot in the fourth, and Houston pushed across the winning run in the sixth on a Lance Berkman walk, Cesar Cedeno sac groundout, and Art Howe single.
R H BB ANA 002 020 000 - 4 10 0 HOU 010 301 00x - 5 6 3 HR: T. Glaus (10), M. Alou-2 (13) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Weaver 7.0 5 5 2 3 2 R. Oswalt 7.0 4 4 1 0 7 ANA 17-41, HOU 27-31
June 8: Anaheim 3, Houston 2
Kelvim Escobar gave the Angels a needed boost with a strong start, but the ‘Stros still took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning.
Mike Trout led off the top of the eighth with a double and Jim Edmonds singled him home to tie the game. A walk by Tim Salmon moved Edmonds to second, and Erick Aybar drove in the winning run with a single. Troy Percival then pitched a two-inning save for Anaheim.
R H BB ANA 000 001 020 - 3 7 4 HOU 000 100 100 - 2 8 2 HR: J. Bagwell (11) starters IP R ER HR BB SO K. Escobar 7.0 2 2 1 2 6 N. Ryan 7.1 3 3 0 4 6 ANA 18-41, HOU 27-32
June 9: Anaheim 6, Houston 4
The Angels win a series! The Angels win a series! The Angels win a series!
How bad has it been for Anaheim? Well, before these two wins, they had played 35 straight games without stringing together back-to-back victories, and hadn’t won a series since April 29th.
They had to come back from a 4-3 deficit to do it. Trout tied the score with a solo blast in the top of the seventh. Troy Glaus and Jim Fregosi singled later in the same inning, and Bob Boone shocked the world by driving them both in with his first triple.
Brian Downing has spent most of the year off of Anaheim’s 25-man roster, but took the struggling Vladimir Guerrero’s spot on the roster before this game. Downing came up huge with a three-run homer in the first inning and will probably be getting a longer look from manager Mike Scioscia.
R H BB ANA 300 000 300 - 6 8 2 HOU 120 100 000 - 4 10 7 HR: M. Trout (5), B. Downing (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO D. Chance 7.0 4 4 0 6 4 M. Scott 6.2 6 6 2 2 7 ANA 19-41, HOU 27-33