A-Rod Catches Gehrig In HR Race, but Texas Drops Series to Anaheim

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas RangersAugust 10: Anaheim 5, Texas 2

Mike Trout tripled twice, based on ball twice, and scored thrice. Trout has recovered from an early season power outage to the extent that he is #13 on the league runs created list and fifth in the Expansion Division.

                  R  H BB
ANA 201 010 001 - 5 11  6
TEX 000 200 000 - 2  6  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (26)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   6.2  2  2  1  4  8  
G. Perry    7.0  4  4  0  4  3 

ANA 43-70, TEX 50-63

August 11: Texas 11, Anaheim 0

This could have been a premier pitching match-up as Jered Weaver and Nolan Ryan were due to face off, but both pitchers required a rest to conserve innings. So instead fans were subjected treated to a Mike Witt/Jon Matlack duel. The Rangers beat up on Witt, but Matlack reeled off an out-of-nowhere shutout with 10 strikeouts. A-Rod swatted three hits, including his 27th dong to pull within one of the league-lead.

                   R  H BB
ANA 000 000 000 -  0  7  2
TEX 012 002 60x - 11 12  5

HR: A. Rodriguez (27), T. Harrah (3)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Witt     5.2  5  5  2  2  5  
J. Matlack  9.0  0  0  0  2 10 

ANA 43-71, TEX 51-63

August 12: Anaheim 8, Texas 2

Brian Downing crushed two long balls, one a grand salami, and drove in six. Kelvim Escobar held the Rangers bats down for seven innings.

In the ninth, A-Rod launched a Troy Percival fastball for his 28th homer to tie Lou Gehrig for most in the league. It also ended an 18 appearance/24 inning scoreless streak for Percival, whose ERA swelled all the way up to 1.02.

                  R  H BB
ANA 003 000 500 - 8 11  4
TEX 100 000 001 - 2  6  4

HR: B. Downing-2 (10), A. Rodriguez (28)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  7.0  1  1  0  2  4  
F. Jenkins  6.1  6  6  1  3  5 

ANA 44-71, TEX 51-64

Anaheim Takes Series In Kansas City

August 7: Anaheim 6, Kansas City 1

Neither team managed a hit in the first four innings nor scored in the first five as Kelvim Escobar and Jose Rosado started off with an unexpected pitchers duel. Rosado suddenly lost it in the sixth though when he hit Mike Napoli with a pitch and then gave up three consecutive singles and was pulled. The Angels added three unearned runs in the eighth.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 003 030 - 6 7  4
KC  000 001 000 - 1 4  2

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  6.0  1  1  0  2  5  
J. Rosado   5.1  3  3  0  3  6 

ANA 41-69, KC 57-54

August 8: Kansas City 3, Anaheim 2 (11 innings)

Mike Trout homered in the first and the Angels scratched a second run across in the second before Kevin Appier dug in and gave up no more runs in his nine innings, which was his longest outing of the year.

Frank Tanana took a turn in what has been Nolan Ryan’s spot in the rotation and was sharp, giving up nada for seven innings before Amost Otis tagged him for a solo shot leading off the eighth. Later in that inning, Danny Tartabull doubled and Mike Sweeney drove him in to tie it up.

Joakim Soria kept the Angels off the board in the 10th and 11th, and Darrell Porter sent the fans home happy with a walk-off dinger in the bottom of the 11th.

                     R  H BB
ANA 110 000 000 00 - 2 10  1
KC  000 000 020 01 - 3 11  1

HR: M. Trout (11), A. Otis (3), D. Porter (11)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Tanana  7.0  1  1  1  1  3  
K. Appier  9.0  2  2  1  1  8 

ANA 41-70, KC 58-54

messAugust 9: Anaheim 6, Kansas City 1

The Royals lost more ground to first-place Seattle as they scuffled against an impressive Andy Messersmith. The Angels hurler was helped by three double plays to face just 29 batters in a complete game.

Bret Saberhagen got blasted in a short disaster start. Bud Black followed him up with seven shutout innings.

                  R  H BB
ANA 042 000 000 - 6 12  3
KC  000 100 000 - 1  4  1

HR: J. Edmonds (9), T. Glaus (18)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  9.0  1  1  0  1  5  
B. Saberhagen   2.0  6  6  2  1  2 

ANA 42-70, KC 58-55

Seattle Extends Division Lead With Sweep of Anaheim

August 3: Seattle 6, Anaheim 3

Seattle put up five runs in the fourth inning on two walks, two singles, and two doubles. Freddy Garcia was nails again and has a 2.02 ERA in his last nine starts.

Tim Salmon made the final score look a little better for Anaheim with a three-run bomb in the ninth.

                  R H BB
SEA 010 500 000 - 6 9  7
ANA 000 000 003 - 3 4  6

HR: T. Salmon (8)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia       7.0  0  0  0  4  6  
A. Messersmith  3.1  6  6  0  5  3 

SEA 57-50, ANA 40-67

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August 4: Seattle 14, Anaheim 0

Seattle’s bats abused Anaheim starter Dean Chance for 10 runs. Phil Bradley collected four hits with a dinger and Kyle Seager knocked four hits that included a double and a triple.

Felix Hernandez didn’t need to have his best day of the season with Seattle scoring all those runs for him, but he did. He also didn’t need to pitch a complete game, but Seattle skipper Lou Piniella told the press after the game, “He was fired up to stay in and go after the shutout, and I felt he deserved the chance to stay in there and try to get it if that’s what he wanted to do. It’s been a tough year for him so it was nice to see his efforts get rewarded today.” The shutout, Hernandez’s first of the year, lowered his ERA to an even 5.00.

                   R  H BB
SEA 050 023 301 - 14 16  6
ANA 000 000 000 -  0  2  6

HR: P. Bradley (3)

starters       IP   R ER HR BB SO
F. Hernandez  9.0   0  0  0  6  8  
D. Chance     5.0  10  8  0  5  3 

SEA 58-50, ANA 40-68

August 5: Seattle 3, Anaheim 2

The finale featured Jered Weaver vs. Jamie Moyer, the starting pitchers with the two best ERAs in the Expansion Division. Fittingly, it was a tight, low-scoring affair. Both hurlers are having their innings pitched watched closely so only pitched six innings apiece. Moyer emerged with slightly better results, giving up two runs compared to Weaver’s three. But Moyer owes a lot of that outcome to reliever Michael Jackson. After Moyer started the seventh inning by walking the bases loaded without recording an out, Jackson came in and popped out Torii Hunter and doubled up Troy Glaus to let Moyer off the hook.

Five of Seattle’s eight hits were doubles.

The Mariners are 22-6 since the All-Star break and have a 2.5 game cushion ahead of second place Kansas City.

                  R H BB
SEA 200 010 000 - 3 8  3
ANA 020 000 000 - 2 6  7

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Moyer   6.0  2  2  0  6  4  
J. Weaver  6.0  3  3  0  2  4 

SEA 59-50, ANA 40-69

Toronto Victorious In Series With Anaheim

July 31: Anaheim 6, Toronto 2

Every fifth game, Jered Weaver starts for Anaheim and they get to look like a half-way decent team for awhile. Weaver yielded just one run on a solo shot by Jose Bautista in his six innings of work, dropping his ERA to 3.05, fifth best in the league.

Bautista drove a second solo blast against Brendan Donnelly, but the Angels offense had already gone to work against Jimmy Key. A two-run Troy Glaus homer in the sixth highlighted a balanced attack.

                  R  H BB
ANA 001 022 100 - 6 11  2
TOR 000 010 100 - 2  6  3

HR: T. Glaus (16), J. Bautista-2 (18)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver  6.0  1  1  1  3  7  
J. Key     6.0  5  5  1  2  4 

ANA 40-64, TOR 46-57

August 1: Toronto 4, Anaheim 2

Doyle Alexander got back to form in this one after a couple of hiccup starts. He allowed just three hits and one walk in eight innings. One of those hits was another homer by Glaus, who has been an out-of-nowhere source of power for Anaheim all season. His .494 slugging percentage is third best in the Expansion Division.

Bautista also homered in back-to-back games. His three-run shot capped a four-run second inning that gave Toronto all the offense they needed.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 110 000 - 2 3  2
TOR 040 000 00x - 4 6  6

HR: T. Glaus (17), J. Bautista (19)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar    7.0  4  4  1  5  7  
D. Alexander  8.0  2  2  1  1  4 

ANA 40-65, TOR 47-57

stiebAugust 2: Toronto 5, Anaheim 1

Dave Stieb had his best day of what has been a frustrating year. It was his second complete game, and first time allowing no more than one run in a start.

Nolan Ryan was pretty awful for Anaheim. John Lackey followed Ryan with four shutout innings, and might have convinced Toronto skipper Cito Gaston to give Lackey the start the next time Ryan’s turn comes around.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 010 000 - 1 5  5
TOR 022 100 00x - 5 7  6

HR: B. Downing (8), F. McGriff (16)

starters   IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan   4.0  5  5  1  4  3  
D. Stieb  9.0  1  1  1  5  6 

ANA 40-66, TOR 48-57

Baltimore Takes Series in Anaheim, Angels Enjoy One Big Upset

July 28: Baltimore 7, Anaheim 3

Ken Williams walked twice and doubled twice to pace Baltimore’s expected win.

                  R  H BB
BAL 011 000 320 - 7 10  7
ANA 010 001 100 - 3  7  2

HR: K. Singleton (9), A. Jones (11), B. Boone (1)

starters       IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Niggeling  6.2  3  3  1  1  3  
N. Ryan       6.1  4  4  0  5  7 

BAL 56-44, ANA 38-63

July 29: Anaheim 12, Baltimore 0

It was Bizarro Day as Andy Messersmith broke off his first complete game and first shutout against the strong Orioles lineup and the Angel offense mashed against Erik Bedard, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Jim Palmer. Anaheim’s Bobby Grich, Brian Downing, Rod Carew, and Jim Fregosi all reached safely thrice to boost Anaheim to one of the most lopsided upsets of the season.

                   R  H BB
BAL 000 000 000 -  0  3  5
ANA 220 120 41x - 12 10 10

HR: B. Grich-ANA (10), M. Trout (10), R. Carew (2)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Bedard       5.0  7  6  2  6  4  
A. Messersmith  9.0  0  0  0  5  6 

BAL 56-45, ANA 39-63

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July 30: Baltimore 3, Anaheim 0

 

Jack Powell turned the world right-side-up again and made mincemeat of the Angels lineup in a quick shutout. Dean Chance was good against the Baltimore lineup, but a walk preceded three straight singles in the third to score all the runs of the game.

Baltimore took five of six in the season series.

                  R H BB
BAL 003 000 000 - 3 8  5
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 6  1

HR: none

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Powell  9.0  0  0  0  1  5  
D. Chance  7.0  3  3  0  5  6

BAL 57-45, ANA 39-64

Anaheim Scores Series In Houston

July 25: Anaheim 7, Houston 3

Five different Angels rung up multi-hit games, led by Rod Carew’s four and Mike Trout’s three.

Houston’s Moises Alou homered in his fourth straight game, and his five homers in that stretch have propelled him to a tie for fourth most in the league at 21.

                  R  H BB
ANA 210 010 111 - 7 14  2
HOU 003 000 000 - 3  9  3

HR: M. Alou (21)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   8.0  3  3  1  3  2  
M. Cuellar  7.0  5  5  0  2  6 

ANA 37-61, HOU 44-53

weaverJuly 26: Anaheim 5, Houston 2

Anaheim was still hitterish the next day, and Houston’s Nolan Ryan was his usual generous self when it came to handing out free passes to first base. And Anaheim had Jered Weaver, top pitcher in the Expansion Division, in fine form on the mound, giving up just two hits and one walk in his seven frames. It all added up to a quickly claimed series win for los angeles.

                  R  H BB
ANA 003 002 000 - 5 10  9
HOU 020 000 000 - 2  3  3

HR: A. Howe (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver  7.0  2  2  1  2  4  
N. Ryan    5.0  5  5  0  6  6 

ANA 38-61, HOU 44-54

July 27: Houston 4, Anaheim 0

Roy Oswalt was bound and determined to not be swept by the lowly Angels, and he bulldozed through a complete game and claimed his first shutout of the year.

Houston’s Killer B’s were unusually quiet in the series, but Craig Biggio made a little noise in this one with two doubles, a run, and a RBI.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 5  3
HOU 300 100 00x - 4 5  6

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar   7.0  4  4  0  5  4  
R. Oswalt    9.0  0  0  0  3  8 

ANA 38-62, HOU 45-54

Jenkins & Hough Shutout Anaheim To Claim Series For Texas

July 22: Texas 1, Anaheim 0

Texas and Anaheim are two of the lowest scoring teams in the league, but still, no one expects an elite pitchers duel when Fergie Jenkins and Kelvim Escobar square off. But both hurlers are in the Rhubarb for a reason, and they put on one of the best duels of the season. Both pitched nine innings, gave up three walks, and three singles, and zero earned runs. It was all goose eggs in the top of the ninth when Angels second baseman Bobby Grich made a critical error that allowed Al Oliver to advance to second and Alex Rodriguez to reach safely. Rusty Greer singled home Oliver for the only run of the game.

“I feel terrible letting down Kelvim on a day when he pitches like that,” said a forlorn Grich after the game. “That’s baseball,” said Escobar.

For Jenkins, it was second shutout of the season, the first coming just two starts ago.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 001 - 1 3  3
ANA 000 000 000 - 0 3  3

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  9.0  0  0  0  3  7  
K. Escobar  9.0  1  0  0  3  5 

TEX 42-53, ANA 35-60

houghJuly 23: Texas 7, Anaheim 0

The Angels bats remained in deep freeze the next day against Charlie Hough’s dancin’ knucklers. They did draw six walks, but with two singles being their only hits, it was another lousy day for Anaheim. It was Hough’s first shutout.

Anaheim was still yet to collect an extra base hit or score a run in the series. It was the first time the Angels were shutout in back-to-back games and the first time the Rangers recorded consecutive shutouts.

Backup second baseman Ian Kinsler provided surprising pop in the ninth spot for Texas, drilling two homers, a single, and collecting five RBI.

                  R  H BB
TEX 002 050 000 - 7 10  5
ANA 000 000 000 - 0  2  6

HR: I. Kinsler-2 (3)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
C. Hough   9.0  0  0  0  6  3  
F. Tanana  4.1  7  4  2  2  5 

TEX 43-53, ANA 35-61

July 24: Anaheim 10, Texas 5

It turned out Anaheim was just saving all their offense for the last game. They didn’t waste time bum-rushing a wild Yu Darvish, who walked five in the first inning. Then Brian Downing and Mike Trout went back-to-back donging to start the second inning, and Darvish whirled his way to the showers.

                   R  H BB
TEX 000 401 000 -  5  9  5
ANA 520 100 02x - 10 12  5

HR: R. Greer (4), B. Downing (7), M. Trout (9)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
Y. Darvish      1.0  7  5  2  5  1  
A. Messersmith  6.1  5  5  1  5  4 

TEX 43-54, ANA 36-61