Classic pitching from John Lackey, who got his hundredth lifetime victory for the Angels. He surrendered only five hits and 1 run, though it was based on an error by a teammate.
This gave the Angels a greatly desired win. The team had gone down in 2 of the first three contests in its matchups with the A’s.
He kept the Angels close versus Brett Anderson until they were in the end able to score in groups. 4 in the fifth, five in the eighth. This was ample run support to win the contest.
A pair of 3-run home runs – one from Torii Hunter, the second from Kendry Morales – accounted for the majority of the scoring. Morales continues to electrify all fans of the franchise.
“We are not going to hand them back,” Angels skipper Mike Scioscia claimed. “We’ll welcome these.”
Not much to talk of. A respectable day all throughout for Los Angeles – defensively, offensively and with respect to pitching. It took the Angels five innings to get to the Athletics’ pitcher, but that’s no revelation.
Anderson brought a perfect game into the 7th inning versus the team in July. Bobby Abreu homered in the 10th inning on that day to bring the team a 1-0 victory. Things were definitely fairly changed this occasion.
Morales broke a newborn franchise milestone for runs batted in in August with thirty three, breaking Bobby Bonds’ long-standing milestone of 31 (Aug. 1977). … Lackey earned his 100th game as a member of the franchise and is sixty five wins behind leader Chuck Finley….
The Angels got their 40th comeback win of the year…. 14 of the previous 16 wins at Angel Stadium have been comeback victories.
The team now possesses a 77-52 record, at the front of the American League West division by 5.0 games. The Texas Rangers are the team’s nearest match. With only a few weeks of the regular season left, the playoff prospects of the team are looking reasonably great.