Three solo homeruns from Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar powered the Angels to a 4-1 victory over the division-leading Athletics last night in front of a packed house at Angels stadium.
Angels starter, Jered Weaver, pitched a scoreless 6 2/3 innings surrendering just four hits and racking up eight strikeouts in his fourth win of the year.
The Angels pitching had a firm grasp on the Athletics hitters up until the ninth inning when Kevin Jepsen entered the game. Jepsen gave up back to back hits, allowing one run to score, before manager Mike Scioscia felt it enough was enough. Knowing the importance of every remaining game with their division rivals, Scioscia handed the ball over the the closer, Ernesto Frieri, who closed out the game for a much-needed Angels win.
The win puts the Angels four games under .500 and 10 games out of the division. The next few weeks are a make or break situation for the Angels, facing both the Athletics and Rangers six more times each. Being so far behind at this point in the season, the Angels are walking on eggshells. Every game counts.
The Angels will take on the Athletics again at 6:05 p.m. PCT tonight. The Angels will send C.J. Wilson (9-6, 3.37 ERA) to the mound to face Dan Straily (6-2, 4.28 ERA).