Thursday, July 28, 2011
Angels 12, Tigers 7: Three Up, Three Down
By Mark Saxon
The Angels did a week's worth of scoring in one day, pounding the Detroit Tigers 12-7 at Comerica Park on Thursday afternoon.
Rookie rakes. When Mark Trumbo got back to the dugout in the ninth inning after grounding sharply to shortstop and falling a single shy of the cycle, you could see him laughing on the bench with Ervin Santana. Trumbo had a chance to push Santana, who pitched a no-hitter the day before, out of the headlines. Still, it was another impressive day -- five RBIs -- in a big rookie year for Trumbo, whose 19 home runs and 55 RBIs lead the team.
Two hits! Plenty of other Angels had better days at the plate than Jeff Mathis, but since we've been so hard on the catcher's offense in this blog we figured we'd tip the cap. Mathis had an RBI single and pulled a smart move and bunted for a hit when the third baseman was playing in shallow left field.
Stabilizer. Bobby Cassevah has been a pleasant surprise since he became the latest Triple-A reliever to ride the shuttle from Salt Lake. He pitched 2 1/3 innings when the Angels badly needed to slow down the Tigers offense, allowing their late rally to put things away tidily.
Struggling starter. Something is seriously amiss with Joel Pineiro, who has been awful for about a month. He kept squandering leads until Mike Scioscia had no choice but to pull him in the fourth inning. Pineiro has to get a better handle on his sinker soon or the Angels could be forced to look elsewhere for help in their rotation.
"Big" bats. The veteran trio of Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu and Vernon Wells collectively went 2-for-14. The Angels won despite their three middle-of-the-order bats, which -- unfortunately -- has been a trend much of this season.
Sitting Trout. It bears repeating: If the Angels aren't going to find playing time for prospect Mike Trout, why is he still around? Trout has played just one of the last four games. Unless the Angels have a trade working involving one of their outfielders, they need to figure out what to do with this special talent. Trout needs to start playing every day, somewhere.