Angels 6, Twins 5: Three Up, Three Down

May, 27, 2011
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Tyler ChatwoodAP Photo/Jim MoneTyler Chatwood was in and out of trouble Friday in a game the Angels eventually won.

The Angels continued to save themselves for the latter innings, rallying from a 5-0 eighth-inning hole to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Friday at Target Field.

The Good:

Torrid Torii. The rest of the Angels' lineup has been deep-frozen lately, but Torii Hunter has had it going for about 10 days. He had a blistering homestand and he went 3-for-5 against his former team Friday. Hunter has 12 hits in his last 30 at-bats (.400). The Angels have a legit cleanup hitter, at last.

Slump busts. Things had been bad for Peter Bourjos for a couple of weeks, but he broke out of it at a good time Friday. Bourjos' leadoff triple in the ninth provided the winning run.

Big swing. Erick Aybar rarely hits home runs, but the little shortstop put a charge into a ball -- while batting right-handed -- in the eighth inning, hitting the key three-run home run that sparked the rally.

The Bad:

Lefty No. 2. The Angels are thrilled with the production of veteran lefty Scott Downs, who has emerged as the primary setup man for closer Jordan Walden. But the other free-agent lefty? Not so much. Hisanori Takahashi always seems to give up runs when he pitches, including Friday when he yielded two hits and a walk.

Young gun. It's not that Tyler Chatwood has done a poor job as the No. 5 starter. The alternative, after all, is Scott Kazmir. It's just that Chatwood always seems to be teetering on disaster. He gave up only three earned runs Friday, but the Twins had 11 base runners in less than six innings against him.

Not talking. Hunter and Peter Bourjos looked like they were having a good laugh after their circus catch -- first Bourjos had it, then Hunter nearly dropped it -- in the eighth inning, but it wouldn't have been funny if the ball had fallen and the tying run had scored. Communication between Bourjos and the veterans that surround him has been off all season.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
18 3.59 169 213
OTHER LEADERS
BAH. Kendrick .293
HRM. Trout 36
RBIM. Trout 111
RM. Trout 115
OPSM. Trout .939
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOJ. Weaver 169