ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie reliever David Carpenter retired only one batter, but got credit for his first major league victory in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Rangers. And he got it with friends and family in the stands.
Carpenter grew up only 10 miles from Rangers Ballpark. Although he has been up since April 13, this series is the first time his parents have seen him play as an Angel.
The 24-year-old right-hander said he celebrated by spending Saturday evening at his home with family and friends. "It couldn't have worked out any better,'' he said.
Carpenter entered with two out and two on, then walked Mike Napoli to load the bases, but got Brandon Snyder on a fly ball to left.
“Snyder pulled it, but I saw [left fielder] Mike Trout jogging, so I knew either he had it or it was in the stands,’’ Carpenter said.
* The Angels bullpen has been strengthened by the acquisition of Ernesto Frieri from San Diego 10 days ago. He has not allowed a hit in 4.1 innings as an Angel, including 1.2 innings in Saturday’s win. Frieri struck out three, increasing his total with the Angels to nine.
* A pair of walks were instrumental on Saturday.
Torii Hunter drew a two-out walk in the fourth inning ahead of Mark Trumbo’s home run, staking the Angels to a 2-0 lead. Three innings later, it was Trumbo working a walk leading off with a 2-2 score. That walk led to the two decisive runs.
Mike Scioscia noted the walks in his post-game press conference.
“You can’t force walks,’’ Mike Scioscia said. “It’s been my experience they are a bi-product of swinging the bat better and seeing the ball better.’’
Said Trumbo after the game: “I’m just as happy about that leadoff walk as I was hitting the home run.’’
* Catcher John Hester received good reviews from Scioscia in his Angels debut Saturday. In addition handling C.J. Wilson and four relievers, Hester gave the Angels a bonus with a pair of base hits. Bobby Wilson will catch Jered Weaver in tonight's rubber game of the series.