ANAHEIM – Three home runs from two players ended up being the final tally in tonights 3-1 game in which the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels.
Rookie sensation Wil Myers had himself quite a night and helped his Rookie Of The Year candidacy. In the second, Myers hit a ball that landed just left of the rocks beyond the fences in left center. He wasn’t done either, as in the seventh, he scared his teammates in the bullpen in left, where the ball he hit landed for his second homer of the night. Myers finished the night 3-for-4, helping his own cause, putting him within one of the American League rookie home run lead.
Chris Ianetta stepped into the batter’s box as a pinch hitter in the seventh and made his presence known very quickly. On a 1-1 count, Ianetta drilled a ball and sent it into the bushes beyond the center field fence. The home run was Ianetta’s eighth of the season, but first at Angel Stadium.
Jered Weaver went the distance of seven innings, but suffered the loss. He struck out three, and walked a pair. The three runs came on two of the six hits he gave up, both home runs from Wil Myers.
We saw cock-eyed hats and arrow shooting tonight, as Fernando Rodney came in to close out the game for the Rays. He struck out the first two batters he faced (Mark Trumbo, Chris Ianetta) on a combined seven pitches, and got Luis Jimenez to fly out to right to end the game, and seal his 32nd save of the year.
Josh Hamilton went 1-for-3 with a walk tonight. Hamilton is batting .329 since August 9th, and has a .427 on-base percentage over his last 23 games. The walk gave Hamilton 10 in his last 14 games. He had only had nine in his previous 37 before that.
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
Rays, 3 Angels, 1
W – Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04)
L – Jered Weaver (9-8, 3.33)
S – Fernando Rodney (32, 3.65)
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