LOS ANGELES Wednesday was beginning to look like just another miserable night at the plate for Erick Aybar -- and there have been too many of them this season.
Pop fly, double play grounder, fly ball out. Aybar's batting average had fallen to .218 by the time he came to bat in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. There was no reason to think this would be any different.
But it was. Now the question is, can the Angels' talented shortstop turn around his season with one swing, with one game-deciding home run?
It's not likely, but at least he can feel he's making progress.
"Sometimes you want to hit 4 for 4 and you go 0 for 4," Aybar said. "The good thing is that we win the game."
They did. Aybar's leadoff homer in the ninth inning broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Angels the rubber match of their three-game Freeway Series against the Dodgers. The 2-1 win was the Angels' 16 in 21 games and allowed them to remain 3 games behind the Texas Rangers in the National League West.
Even with A...