Monday, June 20, 2005

Angels Start Crucial Series With 5-1 Win Over Texas

The Angels welcomed division rival Texas to town tonight and put together the type of game that Halo management had hoped to see more of this season. Dominant pitching from Paul Byrd and power hitting from Vlad Guerrero were the story as the Angels dumped the Rangers 5-1.

Halo hitters pummeled Texas starter Chris Young for 10 hits and five runs while handing the tough rightie just his second loss since April 28th. In fact, Young has only given up five or more runs twice this season and the other time was on April 12th when the Angels touched him up for 7 runs. Young will get a shot at redemption next week when the Angels visit Arlington but chances are he will not be looking forward to facing a suddenly healthy and potent Angel line-up, particularly when they seem to have his number. Young's numbers against the Angels in 2005: 0-2 with an 8.76 ERA.

The top of the order came through on Monday as Darin Erstad and Chone Figgins combined to go 5 for 10 with 3 runs scored. In addition to his homer, Guerrero also doubled and knocked in four of the Halo's five runs.

Other Notes from Monday:

Darin Erstad extended his hitting streak to 20 games and set a career best mark for consecutive games with at least one hit. The 20 game mark is tied for the longest streak in the majors this season as well.

Maicer Izturis returned from the DL and got the start due to a late scratch of Orlando Cabrera who complained of a sore right elbow. X-rays were negative but Cabrera said he woke-up Monday morning and "it felt like I threw nine innings yesterday." Izturis was recalled on June 18th while infielder Robb Quinlan was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Angels signed 16 players from the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Obviously none of these young men are represented by Scott Boras.

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