Tag:Juan Rivera
Posted on: May 5, 2008 6:47 pm

Angels - O's Series Wrap

After dropping game one of the three-game set with the Orioles, the Angels stormed back to defend the Big A and took the final two games to win yet another series. Game one was there for the taking too, as we mounted a nice little rally in the 9th, but fell short, as pinch-hitter Juan Rivera popped up with one out and runners on second and third.

Garland twirled a gem, leading the Halos to a win in game 2, 3-1. Garland's last two starts have been his worst and his best. Hopefully he can avoid outings like the meltdown he had against the A's and just be more consistent. I don't expect a ton of 8-inning, lights-out performances like he showed this weekend, either...just to keep us in games, eat innings and give the team a chance to win on most nights.

The Halos took the rubber match by jumping on Orioles starter Steve Trachsel (seriously, how's this guy still pulling a big league paycheck?) and bailing out Joe Sauunders, who struggled through 5 innings, but improved to 6-0 on the season. The offense probably owes Joe a couple as he's needed minimal run support up until this outing. Vladdy got some rest and hopefully he starts to heat up soon as I don't expect Garret to anytime soon. Torii Hunter hit his first bomb since the walk-off granny, this one, an absolute rocket shot over the bullpens in left field, gave the team a nice jolt early in the game after the O's had come out strong themselves. Mathis looked good throwing out Roberts attempting to steal third and then picked him off in the 9th to help seal a win in a tight game.

Off on another roadie, this time to Kansas City and then to Tampa Bay, to visit our old friend Joe Maddon, who's got a nice young team and should pose a tough challenge.

Posted on: April 18, 2008 1:10 pm

Pop the Champagne!!!

The Halos have defeated the mighty Royals...finally.

OK, so a little over the top, but geez that streak was getting a little long for my taste. The Angels beat the Royals 5-3 last night behind a solid effort from Jon Garland, who ran his record to 2-2. Garret got the big hit, a bases-clearing double in the 3rd inning off Royals starter Brett Tomko and Gary Matthews and Erick Aybar each added an RBI in the 5th. Aybar is swinging a hot bat right now, and after his 2-for-3 last night his average is up to .318. As I mentioned in my previous blog entry, even the outs he's making right now are sharply hit. It's nice to have production up and down the lineup.

Vlad sat out after bruising his finger in game 1 of the series, but he's fine. He probably needed a night off anyways and it was good to get Juan Rivera some at-bats. I expect he'll be back in tonight against the Mariners.

Speaking of the Mariners, they have taken care of the A's the last few nights rather easily and we miss "Prince" Felix in this series. Here are the pitching matchups:

Game 1: Joe Saunders (2-0, 1.27) vs. R.A. Dickey (0-0, 0.00) - Dickey was called up to replace Erik Bedard who is on the DL. Dickey is a knuckleballer, so the Halos need to show some patience.

Game 2: Ervin Santana (2-0, 3.32) vs. Jarrod Washburn (1-2, 3.50)

Game 3: Dustin Moseley (1-1, 7.80) vs. Miguel Batista (1-2, 6.35)

Hopefully we can exact some revenge for the 2 of 3 they took in their home park and do the same here in Anaheim. As always with the M's, it should be a good series.

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