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

Anaheim Slows Kansas City’s Roll

July 19: Anaheim 3, Kansas City 1

With hindsight, it looks a little bit odd that Andy Messersmith was pulled after getting one out in the sixth even though he only allowed one run. But after getting the first batter of the sixth out, the Royals loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Clinging to a 2-1 lead at the time, manager Mike Scioscia felt the importance of the situation and brought in Francisco Rodriguez, one of his top relief arms. F-Rod rewarded Scioscia by promptly inducing a double play ball off the bat of Darrell Porter.

Rodriguez also pitched a shutout seventh inning, and Troy Percival nailed down the eighth and ninth without getting into trouble.

                  R H BB
KC  010 000 000 - 1 6  4
ANA 101 000 01x - 3 6  4

HR: B. Downing (6)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Appier       7.0  3  3  1  4  4  
A. Messersmith  5.1  1  1  0  4  2 

KC 48-44, ANA 34-58

July 20: Kansas City 2, Anaheim 1

The Royals offense was limp all series, but they managed to steal this game thanks mostly to Bret Saberhagen’s dominance. Sabes has been in the zone over his last six starts, in which he has a 1.90 ERA. His season ERA is down to 3.73, fourth best in the Expansion Division.

The KC offense still needed even more help than a hot Saberhagen. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth, the Royals had runners on first and third with two outs when first baseman Rod Carew mishandled a Willie Wilson groundball that allowed KC’s winning run to score and spoil an excellent start by Dean Chance.

                  R H BB
KC  100 000 001 - 2 6  3
ANA 000 010 000 - 1 7  1
HR: none

starters        IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Saberhagen  8.0  1  1  0  1  5  
D. Chance      8.2  2  1  0  3  3 

KC 49-44, ANA 34-59

Jered-WeaverJuly 21: Anaheim 3, Kansas City 2

The suddenly cold KC offense tried to break out of it against Jered Weaver, who has thus far been the best pitcher in the Expansion Division. Perhaps not surprisingly, their cold snap continued, and they managed just two runs in the game. Weaver gave up just one earned in eight innings of work, and Troy Percival struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth to pull off a series win for Anaheim.

Back-to-back-to-back singles by Carew, Jim Fregosi, and Bob Boone scored the winning runs in the bottom of the fifth. Bobby Grich staked out Anaheim’s first run with a solo dong in the third.

Even for the two lowest scoring teams in the league, it was an especially low scoring series – neither team scored more than three runs in any of the games.

                  R  H BB
KC  011 000 000 - 2  4  4
ANA 001 020 00x - 3 10  1

HR: B. Grich (9)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Jackson  6.0  3  3  1  0  2  
J. Weaver   8.0  2  1  0  4  2 

KC 49-45, ANA 35-59

Seattle Stays Hot Against Anaheim

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July 15: Seattle 11, Anaheim 2

Angels starter Dean Chance was humming through four innings, but things went awry after Robinson Cano led off the bottom of the fifth with a game-tying solo jack. Raul Ibanez and Ichiro Suzuki both doubled in the inning and Edgar Martinez added a single. Then in the sixth, shortstop Jim Fregosi made an error that allowed Alex Rodriguez to reach, Kyle Seager singled, and Cano tripled, and the Mariners were off to the races. Cano was a double short of the cycle.

Randy Johnson allowed just one run in seven innings to lower his ERA to 3.86, fourth best among qualified starters in the Expansion Division.

                   R  H BB
ANA 001 000 010 -  2  9  5
SEA 000 033 32x - 11 12  3

HR: A. Rodriguez (17), R. Cano (9), R. Ibanez (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
D. Chance   5.1  6  5  1  2  4  
R. Johnson  7.0  1  1  0  5  8 

ANA 32-56, SEA 44-45

July 16: Anaheim 5, Seattle 2

Two All-Star pitchers, Jered Weaver and Jamie Moyer, had a nice duel that saw Seattle clinging to a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth. Seattle’s All-Star fireman Arthur Rhodes came in to finish the game but didn’t record a single out. Bobby Grich started the ninth off with a single, Brian Downing walked, Mike Trout reached on a Ken Griffey error, and Troy Glaus bashed a round-tripper to knock Rhodes out of the game.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 000 104 - 5 5  4
SEA 010 000 100 - 2 5  2

HR: B. Grich (8), T. Glaus (14), I. Suzuki (5)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
J. Weaver  7.0  2  2  1  2  3  
J. Moyer   8.0  1  1  1  2  8 

ANA 33-56, SEA 44-46

July 17: Seattle 6, Anaheim 3

Second, third, and fourth hitters Martinez, Griffey, and Alvin Davis all reached safely thrice in the contest. Griffey’s two run shot in the bottom of the first gave Seattle a lead they held the rest of the way.

                  R  H BB
ANA 100 000 200 - 3  6  5
SEA 200 103 00x - 6 11  5

HR: B. Downing (5), K. Griffey (17), K. Johjima (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  5.1  6  6  2  5  3  
E. Hanson   6.2  3  3  1  5  6 

ANA 33-57, SEA 45-46

July 18: Seattle 11, Anaheim 5

The Mariners put the game and the series out of reach early, as Anaheim’s Nolan Ryan walked seven while getting just three outs. In those first three innings, the Mariners scored 11, A-Rod homered twice, including a grand slam, and Suzuki and Cano added homers as well. Seattle has won 14 of their last 17 and improved to .500.

Ryan’s ERA ballooned to 6.01, and he could be wildly pitching himself out of a rotation spot. Frank Tanana made his case to replace Ryan in the rotation with five shutout innings in this one.

                   R  H BB
ANA 000 010 004 -  5  9  3
SEA 362 000 00x - 11 11  7

HR: T. Glaus (15), I. Suzuki (6),
A. Rodriguez-2 (19), R. Cano (10)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    1.0  7  7  1  7  2  
F. Garcia  7.0  1  1  0  0  4 

ANA 33-58, SEA 46-46

New York Recovers From Game 1 Loss To Win Series Against Anaheim

July 12: Anaheim 9, New York 2

The Angels made their Yankee Stadium debut and promptly teed off on Roger Clemens. The Rocket surrendered two walks, seven hits, and six runs before getting yanked after just 3.1 innings. The Anaheim hit parade was led by none other than catcher Bob Boone, who enjoyed his first three-hit day of the year.

Kelvim Escobar showed the New York fans why he made the Expansion All-Star roster,  yielding only two runs on a Mickey Mantle dinger to the powerful Yanks lineup. Escobar has a 2.81 ERA over his last six starts.

The Angels have now surprisingly won three out of four against the Yankees.

                  R  H BB
ANA 003 410 001 - 9 14  7
NY  002 000 000 - 2  6  4

HR: M. Mantle (15)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
K. Escobar  6.2  2  2  1  3  9  
R. Clemens  3.1  6  6  0  2  4 

ANA 32-53, NY 46-39

arodJuly 13: New York 4, Anaheim 2

Anaheim’s Nolan Ryan contained the damage from his wildness a little better than he usually does, but got bitten by New York’s power. Babe Ruth doubled in a run and scored in the first, and in the sixth Robinson Cano tripled and came home on an Alex Rodriguez homer.

Bob Shawkey, Goose Gossage, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera combined to allow just three hits to the Angels.

                  R H BB
ANA 000 011 000 - 2 3  4
NY  200 002 00x - 4 7  8

HR: A. Rodriguez (11)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan     7.0  4  4  1  6  9  
B. Shawkey  6.0  2  2  0  4  4 

ANA 32-54, NY 47-39

July 14: New York 8, Anaheim 5

In the final meeting between the teams this season, New York evened the season series at three games apiece. Neither starter was particularly effective, but though the Angels offense had a good day (led by three hits each from Jims Edmonds and Fregosi), they couldn’t keep up with NY’s murderer’s row. Lou Gehrig bashed his league-best 22nd dongshot and A-Rod smacked three hits.

                  R  H BB
ANA 000 202 010 - 5 10  1
NY  113 001 02x - 8 11  8

HR: B. Grich (7), L. Gehrig (22), R. Cano (9)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
A. Messersmith  6.0  6  5  1  6  5  
W. Hoyt         5.2  4  3  1  1  2 

ANA 32-55, NY 48-39

Houston Killer B’s Blast Way to Series Win in Anaheim

bsjJuly 8: Houston 7, Anaheim 2

Two of Houston’s Killer B’s wasted no time getting back to bashing in the second half. Craig Biggio began the game with a single, and Jeff Bagwell followed it up with a boom boom. The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the sixth when Anaheim tied it up on three consecutive bingles.

With two outs and nobody on base in the top of the seventh, Biggio and Bagwell both took a base on balls, Moises Alou singled in Biggio, and Lance Berkman doubled in Bagwell to boost the ‘Stros to victory.

                  R  H BB
HOU 200 000 212 - 7 11  7
ANA 000 002 000 - 2  7  2

HR: J. Bagwell (16), C. Cedeno (8)

starters         IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Cuellar      6.0  2  2  0  1  5  
A. Messersmith  6.2  4  4  1  5  4 

HOU 37-45, ANA 30-52

July 9: Houston 4, Anaheim 3 (11 innings)

A Berkman blunder helped the Angels score two in the first. Berkman absolved that sin with a go-ahead solo blast in the eighth. The Angels came right back to tie it in the bottom of the eighth on a Mike Trout single and stolen base and a Jim Edmonds RBI single, and the score stayed knotted at three until Bob Watson took Bryan Harvey to the bleachers in the 11th.

Anaheim had zero extra base hits in the first two games of the series.

                     R H BB
HOU 000 001 110 01 - 4 9  6
ANA 200 000 010 00 - 3 8  5

HR: L. Berkman (17), B. Watson (12)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
N. Ryan    7.0  2  0  0  2  7  
D. Chance  7.0  2  2  0  5  2 

HOU 38-45, ANA 30-53

July 10: Anaheim 7, Houston 1

Roy Oswalt looked beauteous through four efficient shutout innings, but things went bad in the bottom of the fifth. Troy Glaus began it with a homer, and Torii Hunter, Rod Carew, and Jim Fregosi hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to end Oswalt’s day. An Art Howe boner in the same inning helped the Angels to a 4-0 lead, which was more than enough for their ace Jered Weaver, who beat up the Houston batters for seven innings.

                  R H BB
HOU 000 000 100 - 1 4  3
ANA 000 040 30x - 7 8  5

HR: C. Cedeno (9), T. Glaus (13)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Oswalt   4.0  4  2  1  1  4  
J. Weaver   7.0  1  1  1  2  4 

HOU 38-46, ANA 31-53