Two season highs were matched tonight for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in their 11-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. The final line on the scoreboard in right field had the Angels with 21 hits, and on the left field side, had 11 K’s, nine of those coming from Jason Vargas, a season high for the young talent.
Jason Vargas allowed just four hits and two runs, that could be constituted as contraversial (see later in article). Over the night, Vargas threw 109 pitches, 73 that were strikes, only four balls that missed in the same at bat (one walk) and he sent nine back to the bench by way of the K, five looking or whiffing on his 80-mile-per-hour changeup
The last time Aaron Harang pitched in Anaheim, a certain young talent decided he wanted to make history. Mike Trout hit for the cycle nearly a month ago, and decided he’d make history one more time with Harang as the starter. In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Angels messed around a little, and scored seven runs, but one, just a little more important than the others. Erick Aybar sent a high chopper over the pitcher’s head for an infield single scoring Mike Trout. The run scored was the 200th of Trout’s career, in just 249 games, that making Trout the fastest to the milestone since 1941. Trout finished the night 1-for-3 with a walk, and a sacrifice fly that ended up being an RBI.
Prior to the game, I asked Josh Hamilton about the last time he faced Aaron Harang, and he tripled off him, and he quickly said, “I hit a home run off of him too.” Well, when I talk to Josh tomorrow, I’ll ask him about the home run he had off of Harang in tonight’s match, as he hit one over the center field fences, and just over the glove of a leaping Michael Saunders. Hamilton finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
Albert Pujols continued his hot streak hitting two of his four hits off the outfield walls, one leading to a double. Pujols is now batting .500 over his last six games (13-for-26). The Angels big bats are really starting to come alive right before the All-Star break.
Alberto Callaspo, somehow quietly creeped his way into a 4-for-5 night, with two RBIs and two runs. Callaspo also made an outstanding barehanded throw to first over the course of the night.
The Mariners could only muster up three runs on seven hits, one run coming in the eighth inning on a sacrifice 1-6-3 groundout from Kendrys Morales. The other two came from the bat of talented young prospect, Nick Franklin, who sent a ball into the Angels bullpen (over the fences) after a contraversional foul/fair call from Endy Chavez who ended up with a single making Franklin’s homer a two-run round tripper.
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
Mariners, 3 Angels, 11
W – Jason Vargas (6-4, 3.65)
L – Aaron Harang (3-7, 5.73)
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