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Monkey with a Halo:
It was as if a fairy tale had come to a shuddering, depressing, fiery end. Joe Blanton, bringer of home runs, feigning effectiveness as a major league starting pitcher the past few weeks, decided to lay a new rotten egg. The latest trick of his was to surrender four home runs to the second-to-last-place Cubs. It's difficult to put into words just how badly the Blanton signing has backfired in Angels GM Jerry Dipoto's face, but the results speak most of the story: it's been an unmitigated disaster.
In other news, Albert Pujols hit career home run number 489, and Josh Hamilton's 12-game hitting streak is now over. It sure was fun while it lasted.
The Angels can still finish the first half with a winning record if they take the next four games in a row, so it will still be interesting to see just where these Halos are, come the All-Star Break. But for one dismal game, they looked anything but contenders.
Cubs 7, Angels 2
-- When Blanton singled in the sixth, he was the Angels' first base-runner of the night. Albert Pujols was thrown out in the first inning on a single that he thought would be a double.
-- Interesting to see Mike Scioscia replace Chris Iannetta with Hank Conger late in the game. Sure, it may have been to get the veteran starting catcher, and I am woefully blowing things out of proportion. Or, the balance is shifting ever so slightly in favor of the young, one-time top prospect in Conger. The plot thickens…?
-- It's amazing how strong Albert Pujols still can be, despite basically being able to only hit on one good leg. The lumbering first basemen crept ever-closer to the 500-HR mark on Tuesday, and may just eke the big 5-0-0 before 2013 ends. It will be fun to watch, that's for sure.
Halos A-Hole of the Game
That beard is so gross.
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Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says...
The last two season the Los Angeles Angels made the biggest splash in free agency, first by snagging home run machine Albert Pujols from the St. Louis Cardinals and than by stealing slugger Josh Hamilton from their division rival (Texas Rangers)-- and it really hasn't been worth the money at all.
That it is, until Wednesday night against the lowly Chicago Cubs.
The Los Angeles Angels were one of the key players of the offseason, vying for right-hander Zack Greinke and ultimately landing slugger Josh Hamilton, along with pitchers Jason Vargas and Ryan Madson. These moves came a year after Los Angeles signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. While the team has frequently made splashes over the past few seasons, general manager Jerry Dipoto...
Josh Hamilton hit two home runs, Albert Pujols also connected and the Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in a 13-2 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.
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