LAst Night's Action: No Conversion Rate Loss for the Angels Offense
LA Angels defeat Toronto Blue Jays 9-7. It was Ernesto Frieri on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning staring down Joey Bats, Jose Bautista if you're nasty. The Angels had the 9-7 lead, but Bautista was the winning run and had hit his 26th homer of the season in the fifth inning that gave Toronto the brief lead.
Frieri threw strike after strike, but Bautista kept fouling pitches off. After throwing seven fastballs to get the count full, Frieri finally made an offspeed pitch.
However life not being a Disney movie, the slider was deemed outside the strike zone sending Bautista to first base loading the bases. Edwin Encarnacion grounded into a double play to end the game, but that's not nearly as poetic as the Frieri-Baustista showdown.
As for the Angels, like Stella, they got their groove back. Offensively, that is.
For the second time in their last three games, the Angels hit at least three home runs. Alberto Callaspo got the scoring started in the second inning with a solo shot and Mark Trumbo gave the Angels the 3-2 lead in the fourth inning with a two-run shot.
It has been almost a month since Dan Haren had a quality start, and this game would not be one of those. Haren gave up six runs in six inning innings, the killer was a go-ahead three-run homer by none other than Jose Bautista to give the Jays the 6-5 lead.
Peter Bourjos hit an RBI double immediately after to tie the game. Then it was Mike Trout who really put on the knockout blow with a two-run homer that sent Brett Cecil to the clubhouse.
So despite a subpar outing, Haren was given the win upping his record to 6-7. While the Dodgers offense has been languishing over the last eight games, the Angels have averaged 7.6 runs per game in that span.
NY Mets defeat LA Dodgers 3-2. It took the Dodgers 33 innings before scoring a run, but they still fell short. The Dodgers are now a game behind the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
LA Angels at Toronto Blue Jays. 4:07 p.m. FSWest, AM 830 KLAA.
NY Mets at LA Dodgers. 7:10 p.m. Prime Ticket, AM 570 KLAC.