Saturday, September 3, 2011
Angels 10, Twins 6: Three Up, Three Down
By Blair Angulo
ANAHEIM -- The Angels evened their three-game series with the Minnesota Twins with a 10-6 win Saturday night at Angel Stadium. Right-hander Jered Weaver was shaky in his return to the team, giving up six runs and eight hits in five innings, but earned the victory to improve to 16-7 on the season.
The Angels moved to within 3 1/2 games in the AL West of the Texas Rangers, who lost to the Boston Red Sox, 12-7.
Grand slam.Mark Trumbo hammered a Brian Duensing 0-and-2 offering for a monster grand slam -- his 25th home run of the season -- in the first inning. The ball landed on the hitter's eye surface, skimming the trees beyond the center-field fence. Trumbo trails only Tim Salmon (31 home runs in 1993) on the Angels all-time rookie list.
Big flies. The Angels turned to the home-run ball when they needed it most. Vernon Wells's go-ahead blast in the fifth bounced off the top of the center field wall before going out. It was just his third homer since July 23. Peter Bourjos's homer in the sixth padded the lead.
Relief. Right-hander Bobby Cassevah surrendered only one hit in 2 2/3 scoreless innings after coming on for Weaver to start the sixth. He retired the first seven batters he faced and, perhaps most importantly, got seven ground ball outs.
Mental lapse. Maybe Trumbo thought there was a force at the plate -- why else would he throw home without stepping on first base following a slow dribbler off the bat of Ben Revere in the fourth? The mistake loaded the bases and brought up local boy Trevor Plouffe, who made the Angels pay with a base-clearing, game-tying double to left.
High count. Weaver, back with the team after attending his grandfather's funeral in Oregon, left the game after throwing 111 pitches in five innings. It was his second-shortest outing of the season. Weaver gave manager Mike Scioscia a scare in the early when he lost his balance on a follow-through and remained in a crouching position for a few seconds. Scioscia and a trainer went to the mound but Weaver waved them off.
Nine hole. No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis was the only Angel without a base hit. On the bright side, Mathis did lay down a sacrifice bunt and walked.