June 27: Boston 14, Anaheim 1
This is what you get when the team with the best walk rate goes up against the pitcher with the worst walk rate. Anaheim’s Nolan Ryan issued seven free passes in his 4.2 innings, five of which turned into runs for Boston.
The Angels got a ray of hope when they got a quick run off Pedro Martinez in the first inning on a Tim Salmon double and Mike Trout single, but Pedro was Pedro from there. Over his next five innings, Pedro yielded one more hit and one HBP.
Carlton Fisk had a career day with a walk, single, triple, and two homers. It was his second straight game with two homers.
R H BB ANA 100 000 000 - 1 3 1 BOS 122 040 23x - 14 12 11 HR: C. Fisk-2 (9) starters IP R ER HR BB SO N. Ryan 4.2 9 9 0 7 2 P. Martinez 6.0 1 1 0 1 5 ANA 26-50, BOS 48-28
June 28: Boston 5, Anaheim 2
It was a much closer affair the next day, and it could have been even closer if not for two errors committed by Anaheim in the first inning. Rod Carew and Erick Aybar both erred in the frame around two outs and a Carl Yasztremski walk. So the bases were juiced for Nomar Garciaparra, who cranked a grand slam.
When his defense was helping him out, Andy Messersmith had an excellent game, giving up just one earned run in 6.2. Roger Clemens was even better though, limiting Anaheim to one run in eight innings. Just like the day before, Anaheim got a quick first inning run driven in by Mike Trout but were pretty well shut down thereafter. Martinez and Clemens own the second and third best ERAs in the league at 2.45 and 2.47 respectively.
R H BB ANA 100 000 001 - 2 9 3 BOS 400 000 10x - 5 5 7 HR: N. Garciaparra (9) starters IP R ER HR BB SO A. Messersmith 6.2 5 1 1 5 6 R. Clemens 8.0 1 1 0 2 5 ANA 26-51, BOS 49-28
June 29: Anaheim 10, Boston 0
The Angels turned in the shocker of the year to close the series. Jered Weaver was superlative in his first shutout, spacing out five hits and one walk to keep Boston on their heels all day. Wade Boggs, Tris Speaker, and Ted Williams, three of the toughest outs in the league, never reached safely. It was Weaver’s best and final game of the first half and likely sealed Weaver a spot as one of the Expansion Division’s three starters in the All-Star series to be played July 3rd and 4th.
The Angels bats were rolling too, every batter getting at least one hit, Troy Glaus and Mike Trout leading the way with three apiece. Trout’s day included a triple and a homer, more encouraging evidence that Trout’s power is back for good. After a distinct lack of power for much of the first quarter, he’s raised his slugging percentage to a much more Trout-like .432, and he is also in line to see action in the All-Star series.
Carlton Fisk added another two hits and has seemingly come out of nowhere to have the best wOBA (.395) in Boston’s great lineup, and eighth best in the league.
R H BB ANA 211 010 041 - 10 15 3 BOS 000 000 000 - 0 5 1 HR: M. Trout (8), M. Napoli (3) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Weaver 9.0 0 0 0 1 8 C. Young 5.0 5 5 1 0 0 ANA 27-51, BOS 49-29