Saturday, June 04, 2005

Colon Shaky but Bullpen Holds and Offense Surges to Down Sox 13 - 6

The Angels got some sweet payback on Saturday in Boston as they victimized the Boston bullpen much as theirs had been the previous few nights. Los Angeles scored 12 runs in the final four innings to rout he Red Sox 13-7. In a strange reversal of the Angels recent pitching trends, starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was touched-up early by Red Sox hitters for five runs on ten hits despite an excellent strikeout to walk ratio of 11:1. Colon allowed nine men to bat in the second inning and was fortunate to escape with limited damage as the Sox posted three runs to take the lead. Colon gave up two more runs (1 in the third and 1 in the fifth) before he was pulled after six somewhat shaky innings. But Angel batters came alive in the top of the seventh to stake Colon to a 6-5 lead before the Halo bullpen's mojo began to turn. The not-so-dynamic duo of The Colonel & Scot Shields held the potent Boston offense to one run over two innings and the on-again/off-again Halo hitters continued their offensive onslaught and roughed-up the Red Sox bullpen for 11 hits and 11 runs. Joel Peralta finished the Sox off in the 9th inning, retiring the side in order. In three appearances this season Peralta has pitched 4.2 inning and given up just a single hit and no earned runs. In addition he has 7 K's and only 1 walk.

Many expected Peralta to be sent down when Frankie Rodriguez returned from the DL but instead the Angels sent Chris Bootcheck back to the minors. The logic is right as Peralta is more suited for the middle relief or set-up role while Bootcheck is a starter of the future for the Halos and can only get work as a starter in Triple A Salt Lake.

Garrett Anderson led Angel hitters as he pounded out 4 hits in 6 at-bats including . In addition Anderson collected 4 RBI's which vaulted him into to the top of the Angels all-time RBI leaders with 990 as he passed Tim Salmon. Within the next few weeks Anderson should become the first Angel player in history to reach 1000 RBI's with the team.

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