Friday 7/1: L 5-4
The tough times continued for the Angels Friday night in Boston as they received a poor starting pitching performance and some bad luck late in the game. In the 9th inning trailing 5-4, Daniel Nava drilled a double down the line that bounced over the wall and would’ve easily scored Mike Trout from first had it not bounced over. What made matters worse was it looked as if a fan made contact with the ball, which would’ve allowed it to stay in play and score Trout to tie the game. The play was reviewed but ultimately held up and C.J. Cron grounded out the next at bat to end the game, making it 10 losses in 11 games for the Angels.
Jhoulys Chacin continued his poor performance with another 4.2 inning stinker. He allows 12 hits and 5 runs in his short outing, generating 4 strikeouts and walking 2 batters. His big mistake was a hanging slider that David Ortiz crushed for a home run. Chacin’s ERA moved up to 5.87 after the start and you have to wonder if his time in Anaheim is almost up. Offensively, the Angels had 1 run scoring play, a grand slam from C.J. Cron. Knuckleballer Steven Wright tried sneaking a 86 mph fastball by Cron and he promptly crushed it over the Green Monster. Outside of that, Mike Trout had a big game again, swatting 2 base hits, stealing his 12th bag and taking a walk.
Saturday 7/2: W 21-2
In one of the most memorable games in Angels history, the Angels absolutely stomped the Red Sox 21-2 at Fenway Park. Many accolades occurred during the night, which is to be expected in a game where you score 21 runs. Here’s a list of some accolades:
–Carlos Perez and C.J. Cron became the 1st pair of teammates with 5 hits and 5 RBI in a game since 1936(via Matt Birch)
-Carlos Perez and C.J. Cron became the 1st pair of teammates to combine for 11 hits and 11 RBI in 1 game
-C.J. Cron became the 5th player ever with at least 6 hits, 5 runs scored and 5 RBI)
-The 21 runs scored were the most scored by the Angels since 2004 vs the Royals
For a team in desperate need of a win, any win, this was a huge game for the Angels. 8 Angels players had hits. The aforementioned Perez and Cron had huge games. Mike Trout had another multi hit game, pushing his average up to .327. Albert Pujols homered and drove in 5 batters. The offense collectively had 11 extra base hits, an absolutely ridiculous feat to achieve in one game.
Lost in the shuffle was the Angels receiving a quality start from Hector Santiago, who stopped the scoreless streak for Angels starting pitchers. After a 7.12 ERA and 0-7 record in an 11 game span for the starters killed the team, Santiago stepped up and allowed 1 run, an unearned one at that, in 6 innings of work. His 4:4 strikeout/walk ratio wasn’t pretty but he did just enough to give the team a quality start, although the offense more than gave enough breathing room for him.
Sunday 7/3: L 10-5
The Red Sox had a little revenge Sunday as they beat up on an Angels club that scored 21 runs the night before. For the 1st time in 10 starts, Matt Shoemaker showed he was human as he allowed 9 hits and 5 runs in his 4.2 innings of work. He allowed 2 walks and only struck out 3 batters on the day, struggling to put hitters away with that splitter. Facing the Angels was former Angel himself, Sean O’Sullivan, who tossed 5 quality innings of 2 run baseball.
Boston had no home runs on the day but pounded out 16 hits, including 5 doubles. The Angels offense was good again, scoring 5 times on 10 hits. The offense was really just a 2 headed monster as Yunel Escobar had a 4 hit game and Andrelton Simmons had 3 knocks from the 9th spot.
Runs Scored: 30
Runs Against: 17
Series MVP: C.J. Cron(Hard to beat hitting a grand slam and having a 6 hit game in separate games in a series)
Series LVP: Jhoulys Chacin(allowed 12 hits and 4 runs in a 4.2 inning start)