Sunday, May 8, 2011

Weekly Rundown 2- Angels Summary 5/2-5/8

Well the first thing of note during the Angel summary for this week would have to be the record. The Angels went 4-3 with 4 games on the road against the Red Sox and 3 at home against the Indians. The Angels took revenge on the Sox for the 4 game sweep in Anaheim and split the series in Boston 2-2. At home the Angels beat the American League leading Indians twice with only one loss making their record against the Indians 4-2.

Angel ace Jered Weaver took his first loss of the year on the road in Boston giving up 3 runs in 6 innings in his first start since missing his previous scheduled start due to illness. When the Angels returned home Weaver again took the mound but was issued his first home loss lasting 6 innings giving up 4 runs. Weaver failed to strikeout a single batter for the first time in his Major League career having gone at least 6 innings.

With his next expected start to be against the Texas Rangers at Arlington Weaver will need to regain the movement on his fastball or could take his 3rd consecutive loss in the hitter friendly park.

Fernando Rodney picked up a pair of wins in relief work against the Indians but still did not leave fans happy this weekend. Rodney was credited with the win Friday off a bases-loaded single by Torii Hunter in the 11th inning. However, on Sunday Rodney entered in the 8th inning with a one run lead to hold onto. He proceeded to be credited with Blown Save number 2 after giving up 3 hits to the Indians, giving them a 1 run lead. His grasp on the set-up role is tenuous at best at the moment with free agent acquisition Scott Downs becoming healthy and pitching well out of the pen.

The Angels countered the Indians with their own 3 run rally lead by the youth movement again with Peter "Gorgeous"Bourjos driving in the tying run on an infield chopper to the pitcher and Erick Aybar continuing his hot hitting streak to double the go-ahead runs in. Rookie Jordan Walden entered the game, giving up a run but his only save in a week number 6. The game's starter Dan Haren remains stuck at 4 Wins with his last win coming against the Chicago White Sox on April 17th.

The Angels improved to 20-15 leading the AL West by 2 games. With the Angels win on Sunday, manager Mike Scioscia collected his 1,000 win. Mike "Sosh" is the 56th manager to hit the 1,000 win plateau and only 23rd to reach the milestone with a single team. During his tenure the Angels won their first franchise World Series, and he won the AL Manager of the Year Award in 2002 and 2009.

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