Holy guacamole! The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim put a pretty serious butt kicking on the Chicago Cubs tonight, with a 13-2 win.
It seemed like everyone in the Angels lineup was “on” tonight, as all starters, including starting pitcher C.J. Wilson, had at least one hit tonight and the team had a total of 15 by the end of the game.
Speaking of C.J. Wilson, he didn’t have too bad of a night himself, striking out six over 7.0 innings (112 pitches), and only allowed one run on four hits. C.J. has really been shining brighter lately, and it’s really showing on and off the field as he praised his teammates for helping him for the run support early giving him the confidence to perform over the course of the game.
Six balls left the field over the game, five off the bats from Angels players. Mark Trumbo has a solo shot in the first, and both Albert Pujols and Brendan Harris shared two-run home runs in the fifth inning. The big slugger of the night though, was Josh Hamilton, who had two dingers, and five RBIs on the night. Safe to say, Hamilton is starting to come out of his slump as he’s batting .306 (11-for-36) over his last 10 games, with 11 RBI.
Some kid named Mike Trout had a decent night, you may have heard of him before. Trout went 3-for-4 on the night, with a walk, a single, and a pair of doubles. It was the seventh time Trout hit two doubles in one game over his short career, and the two gave him 29 on the season, one double short of tying Garret Anderson’s Angels record of 30 doubles before the All-Star break. Oh, and heads up, he’s batting .320 on the season.
It’s only fair to give praise to the players tonight on the Angels who haven’t been mentioned yet due to how outstanding the team played tonight. So, with that said, Erick Aybar went 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. Alberto Callaspo and Hank Conger were the only starters without an RBI on the night but both were able to manage a hit, Conger’s hit being a double. Also, J.B. Shuck had a double in his lone pinch hit at bat.
The Angels have been hot over this past month of play, and are really starting to be a threat right before the All-Star break. It’s not worth throwing in the towel just yet if you’re an Angels fan out there, the fun is just starting.
Final from Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois:
Angels, 13 Cubs, 2
W – C.J. Wilson (9-6, 3.37)
L – Jeff Samardzija (5-9, 4.06)
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