With the completion of the 3-game series against the Dodgers, the Angels showed that they are still one of the premier teams in the league. Heading into the series, the Dodgers had MLB’s best home and overall record so it was quite a feat for the Angels to take 2 out of 3:
Friday night the Angels won 3-1 behind solid pitching from Weaver (6 innings, 1 run allowed) and the bullpen. At the plate, Chone Figgins came through with a clutch 2-RBI single in the 8th inning and on defense both Figgins and Hunter made amazing run-saving plays…
Despite holding a 4-1 lead in the game, the Angels couldnt hold on Saturday night and lost 5-4 in 10 innings. In his third start of the season, John Lackey had a solid outing (7 innings, 3 runs allowed) but the bullpen could hold the lead as Shields blew his third save and Arredondo gave up a game-winning, bases-laoded walk in the 10th. However, Torii Hunter continued to lead this offensively with a 3-run homer.
In the rubber-match the Angels offense exploded for 10 runs and the pitching was good enough to get preserve a 10-7 victory. Matt Palmer, who entered the game 5-0, was roughed up for four runs in four innings and left the game without the chance to gain the victory. Despite the strugglinh pitching, the Angels offense found success against the Dodgers’ ace, Chad Billingsley, as Hunter, Morales and Rivera drove in 7 runs between each other.
Despite the recent success of the Dodgers, the Angels showed that they are still the premier team in the Southern California. The series’ best performer was Torii Hunter, who made several jaw-dropping catches and in the three games was 5-12 with 6 RBI