Anaheim Surprises & Out-Slugs Toronto

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June 14: Anaheim 8, Toronto 1

Anaheim starter Kelvim Escobar has been kind of all over the place this season, but he’s put together a few gems, perhaps none better than this tour de force versus Toronto. He held an intimidating Toronto lineup to four singles, one double, and one walk in a complete game. (He also pitched 2.1 not so successful innings out of the Toronto bullpen!)

The Anaheim batters pounded out six extra-base hits, including two dingers from spark plug Brian Downing.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 212 102 - 8 9  6
TOR 000 100 000 - 1 5  1

HR: B. Downing-2 (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  9.0  1  1  0  1 11  
J. Guzman   5.2  5  5  1  4  6 

ANA 21-43, TOR 31-33

June 15: Anaheim 4, Toronto 3

The Angels claimed a series upset the next day in a tight contest. Toronto has the highest slugging percentage in the Expansion Division, and Anaheim the lowest, but Anaheim again out-slugged Toronto in this one with three doubles and a homer.

                  R H BB
ANA 002 100 100 - 4 8  7
TOR 110 100 000 - 3 5  4

HR: J. Fregosi (7), R. Mulliniks (3)

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance    7.0  3  2  1  4  4  
D. Alexander 7.0  4  4  1  3  5 

ANA 22-43, TOR 31-34

June 16: Toronto 11, Anaheim 7

The Angels had more extra-base hits than Toronto for a third straight game, and set themselves up nicely for a sweep with a four-run first inning, but the maddening wildness of Nolan Ryan sunk them. Ryan issued seven free passes to the 19 batters he faced, has now walked more than he has struck out, and is walking more than one per inning. Frank Tanana came on in long relief, but got pounded for homers by Shawn Green and Rance Mulliniks.

Brian Downing put together a four-hit game and Jim Edmonds walloped two doubles and a homer in a losing effort.

                   R  H BB
ANA 401 100 010 -  7 14  4
TOR 203 150 00x - 11  8 12

HR: J. Edmonds (5), R. Mulliniks (4), S. Green (14)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan     2.1  5  5  0  7  6  
R. Halladay 7.0  6  2  1  4  8 

ANA 22-44, TOR 32-34
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