ANAHEIM – The Los Angeles Angels rallied early and were able to split a four game series with the Tampa Bay Rays, winning tonight’s game 6-2.
Rays starter David Price got in an early jam, getting shelled for six runs on 11 hits in the first three innings. After the fourth though, he was lights out. Price retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced, and the final 10 in order. He struck out six in total, but suffered the loss after getting “lit up” early.
Jerome Williams had a quality start for the Angels, going six and a third. Over that span, he struck out seven, and allowed just eight to reach base (six hits, two walks).
Mike Trout had a frustrating night, with the help of the expanded strike zone of home plate umpire, C.B. Bucknor. He struck out looking twice, the first time on a strike two and three that sat around the shins, and the second time on a pitch right around the shoulders. He was also caught stealing, along with a poorly played ball in the outfield. Despite the minor setbacks, Trout did go 1-for-3 with a walk.
Collin Cowgill started the scoring the Angels when he stepped into the batters box with the bases loaded. On a 2-2 count, he decided deuces were wild and hit the ball into the left center gap for a double, clearing the bases and giving the Halos a 3-0 lead.
The Angels unloaded in the third inning. The inning was lead by Trout who singled, but he was soon caught on a steal attempt. Following that however, was a double from Mark Trumbo, an RBI single from Josh Hamilton, a double from Luis Jimenez, an RBI single from Kole Calhoun, and an RBI fielder’s choice groundout from Grant Green. It gave the Angels six runs in total, which ended up being all they needed for a series splitting win.
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
Rays, 2 Angels, 6
W – Jerome Williams (6-10, 4.60)
L – David Price (8-7, 3.51)
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