Angels 4, Braves 1: Three Up, Three Down


ANAHEIM -- The Angels continued to dominate the National League with their 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves Sunday afternoon. It was the Angels' 27th win in their last 39 interleague games.

The Good:

Milestone man. One of baseball's least-appreciated stats might be the double. Does that make Bobby Abreu one of the game's least-appreciated players? Probably. Abreu smacked a line drive off the right-field scoreboard against George Sherrill in the seventh inning for his 534th double. That tied him with Lou Gehrig, who apparently was both good and reliable.

Settling down. Angels pitcher Tyler Chatwood rarely cruises, but he hit hit stride in the fourth inning and retired 10 of 11 batters from there until he left after the seventh. Chatwood, 21, has been far from perfect, but he's giving the Angels enough stability at the back of the rotation to allow Scott Kazmir all the time he needs in his rehab outing. Chatwood only walked two batters, equaling his season low, and struck out six, a career high.

Hungry Hunter. After Derek Lowe struck out Torii Hunter in the second inning, Hunter stared out to the mound for quite a while as he walked back to the dugout. Lowe had his back turned. He had to turn his neck the next time he faced Hunter, when the Angels' cleanup hitter lined a 2-run homer over the left-field wall. It was the first home run for Hunter in more than a month, since April 21.

The Bad:

Tail spin. Base hits still aren't coming easily for the young guys who fill out the bottom of the Angels' batting order. Peter Bourjos is stuck in a 2-for-40 slide, though he did walk and hit a ball to the wall in center field, and Alexi Amarista is in an 0-for-13, though Alex Gonzalez robbed him of an RBI hit by ranging deep in the hole and making an on-target jump throw to first.

More. The bottom five spots in the Angels' order went 1-for-33 over the final two games of this series. Mark Trumbo's fourth-inning double was the only hit in two days from six different guys.

Flukes. This stadium has seen its share of freak injuries over the years and now the Braves' Nate McLouth can add his name to a list that includes Mo Vaughn and Kendrys Morales. He barely flinched while checking his swing leading off the game, then bent over in apparent agony. The Braves called it a strained left oblique muscle and those tend to linger.