3 up, 3 down: D-backs 5, Angels 0
June, 15, 2012
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com
ANAHEIM -- So much for that happy homecoming against his former team. Angels starter Dan Haren had his second straight shaky outing, giving up five runs and eight hits in a 5-0 loss to his former team.
After giving up four home runs to the Colorado Rockies in his last start, Haren yielded a three-run homer to Arizona second baseman Aaron Hill and doubles to Chris Young, Jason Kubel, Lyle Overbay and Ryan Roberts over 6 1/3 unspectacular innings.
The Angels hitters weren't much better, managing just three hits and no runs off Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill who struck out eight in seven innings.
Angels Interleague record: The Angels still have the best record in baseball in interleague games since 2007, dropping to 68-32. It's saying quite about about how cold the team's bats were that this is the nicest thing to say about the team Friday night.
Bottom of the order: The Angels managed just three hits and two walks off Diamondbacks starter Trevor Cahill. All three of them came from the much maligned bottom of the order. Alberto Callaspo and Erick Aybar stroked doubles while Howie Kendrick hit a sharp single up the middle in the seventh inning.
Bullpen: David Carpenter and David Pauley held the Diamondbacks scoreless in the final three frames, continuing the bullpen's strong performance of late. The best news of the day for the pitching staff came before the game when Jered Weaver felt "great" after a four-inning simulated game and seems close to rejoining the rotation.
Haren aint scarin' anyone: For the second straight outing Haren was less than sharp. After giving up four home runs in a win over the Colorado Rockies on June 9, Haren gave up five runs and eight hits including a home run and four doubles. It's a little early to draw conclusions however. Haren had a 1.29 ERA and 23 strikeouts over his previous three starts.
Batters 1-5: The Angels first five batters went a combined 0-for-19 with eight strikeouts on Friday. Albert Pujols went 0-for-4 and saw his modest eight-game hitting streak snapped.
Trout and Trumbo: It's becoming pretty evident the Angels aren't just hoping for production out of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo anymore. They're counting on it. Trout went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Friday, Trumbo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and the Angels offense predictably went nowhere.