Found September 03, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Garrett Richards worked around a career-high seven walks over five innings and Erick Aybar drove in four runs, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 on Monday night. Richards (5-6) gave up a run and two hits while striking out six in the opener of a four-game series. The seven walks matched Richards' total from his previous five starts combined, but the Rays stranded eight runners while he was in the game and 12 altogether. Ben Zobrist drove in both of Tampa Bay's runs with a first-inning homer and a sixth-inning single. The Rays, coming off a three-game sweep by Oakland, have lost five straight and eight of nine to fall 6 games behind AL East-leading Boston -- their largest deficit since July 7. Just nine games ago, they were tied with the Red Sox. Tampa Bay loaded the bases twice against Richards, and failed to score in each situation. In the second, Richards retired David DeJesus on a grounder to first after a pair of two-out walks and an error by rookie third baseman Luis Jimenez on Yunel Escobar's grounder. Richards walked three more in the fifth before striking out rookie Wil Myers on a full count with his 27th pitch of the inning. Rookie Chris Archer (8-6) threw 90 pitches in 3 2-3 innings, giving up five runs and nine hits in a rematch of his 4-1 victory against Richards last Wednesday at St. Petersburg, Fla. The right-hander's outing was the second-shortest of his 22 big league starts. The Angels, who have won nine of 10, took a 2-1 lead in the third on an RBI single by rookie Kole Calhoun. Archer minimized the damage, retiring Jimenez on a fielder's choice grounder to shortstop with the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Hank Conger. But Los Angeles got three more in the fourth. Andrew Romine scored on J.B. Shuck's groundout, and the switch-hitting Aybar pulled a 3-2 pitch down the right-field line for his fifth homer. The Angels extended the margin to 10-2 with a five-run sixth that included Aybar's two-run triple against Brandon Gomes, bases-loaded RBI singles by Conger and Peter Bourjos, and Jimenez's sacrifice fly. Aybar's four RBIs tied a career high for the shortstop, who also drove in four against the Rays in a 6-5 victory last Tuesday at Tropicana Field -- including a go-ahead two-run double in the ninth against closer Fernando Rodney. Zobrist, the second batter Richards faced, hit his 11th home run before the Angels responded in the bottom half with an RBI single by Josh Hamilton after Mike Trout singled and stole his 30th base. Trout, who turned 22 on Aug. 7, became the youngest player in major league history with two seasons of at least 20 homers and 30 steals. NOTES: Rays OF Sam Fuld was used as a reliever for the first time in his career, retiring Shuck on a fly to center on five pitches. He became the third position player in franchise history to pitch in a game, joining Wade Boggs (1999) and Josh Wilson (2007). ... Grant Green capped the scoring in the seventh with his first major league homer while batting for Aybar. It was the first home run by an Angels pinch hitter at the "Big A" since Aug. 15, 2011, by Russell Branyan against Texas' Alexi Ogando. ... The Rays will activate LHP Matt Moore (14-3) from the disabled list Tuesday and start him against Jason Vargas. The first-time All-Star, who missed the entire month of August because of elbow soreness, won six consecutive outings before getting a no-decision his previous time out on July 28 at Yankee Stadium. ... Richards' walk total was the highest by an Angels pitcher since May 25, 2012, when Ervin Santana issued seven free passes in a five-inning no-decision at Seattle. ... Tampa Bay RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who was optioned to Class A Charlotte on Aug. 27, rejoined his teammates in the clubhouse before the game and will officially be added to the roster on Tuesday. "It wasn't very much fun, to say the least," said Hellickson, 10-8 with a 5.28 ERA. "It's just one start that I've missed, and I guess I'm motivated to get back out there."
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Richards helps Angels pound Rays 11-2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Garrett Richards worked around a career-high seven walks over five innings and Erick Aybar drove in four runs, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 on Monday night. Richards (5-6) gave up a run and two hits while striking out six in the opener of a four-game series. The seven walks matched Richards' total from his previous five...

Is Mike Trout the AL MVP?

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are an underwhelming eight games under .500. This team that had high expectations placed on them in 2013 and they have done nothing but falter. The Angels have a lot of problems, but Mike Trout is not one of them. Mike Trout (AP Photo/Morry Gash) He was the talk of the baseball world in 2012. His rookie season was one to remember and definitely one...

Richards walks but Angels roll, trounce Rays 11-2

The Angels are on a roll. A fun, enjoyable but ultimately meaningless roll. The bats stayed hot as the Angels got key contributions from different sources once again. This time it was Erick Aybar producing runs and making me forget what a terrible idea it is for him to be batting second. Even Peter Bourjos overcame his wrist problems enough to reach base three times. The real...

Halo Headlines: Hamilton out with sinus infection, Gutierrez batting bicep soreness

The September 4th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton out with sinus infection, Gutierrez batting bicep soreness and much more... The Story: Josh Hamilton says his shoulder is better but now he has a sinus infection that caused him to miss Tuesday's game. The Monkey Says: Apparently the sinus thing is something that happens to him...

Josh Hamilton expected to rejoin Angels’ lineup today

The Los Angeles Angels held outfielder Josh Hamilton out of yesterday’s weekend finale against the Milwaukee Brewers, but he is expected to return to the team’s starting lineup as the Halos begin a seven-game homestand today, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Hamilton has been dealing with discomfort in his left shoulder as well as migraine headaches. The soreness...

Angels Name Game

By Jessica Melendez, AngelsWin.com Feature Writer -  What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet; So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd, Retain that dear perfection which he owes Without that title - Juliet, Romeo & Juliet Naming things is hard; whether it’s babies, or pets, or baseball teams.  This is because...

Los Angeles Angels – Weekly Wrap

LA Angels (@Angels) Despite reports that the Angels will replace either manager Mike Scioscia or GM Jerry Dipoto, the club pulled off its first sweep since June against Seattle over the weekend. Although, the Angels’ season has been over for some time now but when the Halos play like they did on Thursday against the Rays, you have to wonder, is this type of performance what could...

Clutch Shuck Drives Angels To Sweep Of Brewers

I should be happy whenever the Angels win. Actually I should be ecstatic. But truth be told I’m more frustrated by the Angels road domination the last nine games. Like in need of Cialis frustrated. Too much? Where was this two months ago when it could have mattered? Where was this a month ago when they could have made some noise in the Wild Card race? Where was it? As recently...

Shuck, Trout rally Angels past Brewers 5-3

J.B. Shuck hit a three-run double in the seventh inning to rally the Los Angeles Angels past the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep of their interleague series. Mike Trout tripled and doubled among his three hits to help the Angels finish an 8-1 road trip. They have won eight in a row against the Brewers in Milwaukee, dating to 1997. C.J. Wilson (14-6) gave...

Joe Maddon invites fans to postgame party on Twitter, offers to buy beers

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon continues to demonstrate how he may be the most interesting managers in baseball. On Tuesday, the Rays were holding a postgame party at a bar in Long Beach, Calif. — near Maddon’s offseason home — following the team’s game against the Los Angeles Angels. Apparently, the team bring along […]The post Joe Maddon invites fans to postgame party...

Angels Player Power Rankings - Week 23

EDITOR'S NOTE: These rankings cover the week ending 9/1, so just ignore all the awesome stuff that happened in last night's win. Boy, holidays are inconvenient. RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS 1 -- 0 Last Week: 1 Mike Trout - Trout finishes August with a .337/.500/.590 slash...

Halo Headlines: Angels could drop Anaheim from name, what happened to Josh Hamilton?

The September 3rd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels could drop Anaheim from name, what happened to Josh Hamilton and much more... The Story: The Angels are working on a stadium renovation deal that would keep the team in Anaheim, but drop the "of Anaheim from the team name. The Monkey Says: Good riddance. I've always preferred...

Vargas, offense fade; Angels fall the Rays, 7-1

  Last night, the Ray's Chris Archer fell apart against an Angels team that he absolutely dominated the week before. Tonight, it was Jason Vargas' turn to do the ol' switcheroo. A week after holding the Rays to just two hits in 7 innings, the Angels lefty struggle mightily with command, surrendering 10 hits and five runs before mercifully being yanked for a bullpen...

Rays Dominate The Angels In 7-1 Win

rss2

Angels find late success against Brewers in 5-3 win.

The Angels have capped off a marvelous road trip with a sweep of the Brewers, a swept that wouldn't have happened had it not been for one J.B Shuck and an expertly placed first base bag. C.J Wilson wasn't all too bad in his start, though he wasn't anything spectacular as he was able to barely make 6 innings while giving up 3 runs (2 earned). In a shocking turn of events...
All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.