Chicago Cubs: Mike Scioscia
July, 10, 2013
By Jesse Rogers | ESPNChicago.com
CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Angels have been waiting for this to happen, and Jeff Samardzija and the Chicago Cubs wanted no part of it. A lineup that looked potent in January finally produced like its payroll as Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout & Co. tore up Wrigley Field on Wednesday to the tune of 13 runs and 15 hits -- five leaving the park -- in a blowout victory.
“We’re capable of doing it,” Hamilton said after his two-homer evening powered the Angels to a 13-2 win. “From top to bottom. Any night. The key is doing it day in and day out.”
Hamilton said once Samardzija started missing the zone, he knew fastballs were coming over the plate. That’s when Hamilton and Pujols teed off. They went back-to-back for the first time as teammates in a six-run fifth inning.
“It was awesome, man,” Hamilton said. “We don’t think about stuff like that.”
AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastJosh Hamilton accounted for two of the Angels' five home runs on a forgettable Wednesday night for the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
But his manager is thinking about what he and Pujols can do if they get hot together. Pujols walked three times in addition to going deep.
“With Albert and Josh, those are two guys critical to where we want to be,” Mike Scioscia said. “To see them have such good nights in the same game, hope we see more of it.”
Trout was part of the explosion, as well, getting three hits including two doubles. He’s hitting .389 since June 14.
Overall, the Angels liked hitting in the friendly confines of Wrigley, at least on Wednesday. Travis Wood shut them down 24 hours earlier, but even with a slight wind blowing in, Los Angeles had its way against Samardzija.
“All the home runs, they were hit well,” Scioscia said. “It wasn’t like it was howling. You had to hit it legitimately to get it out, especially to center field.”
Hamilton spoke about other elements
“I really like the lights here. It’s a little bit darker,” he said. “I like that. Just the atmosphere, in general. It’s pretty special.”
The Cubs may someday produce a lineup like the one the Angels can trot out. They agreed to a contract Wednesday with the No. 2 pick in the draft, slugging third baseman Kris Bryant. But he and other prospects are babies compared to the résumés of the Angels’ mashers. This is their time -- if they can put it all together.
“It was a fun thing to do,” Hamilton simply stated.
He let his bat do the rest of his talking.