The Angels kicked off an 8-game road trip on the right foot after completing a 2-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, with a 3-2 win today.
Shane Loux (1-2) would get his first major league win since the 2003 season after giving up 1 run on 5 hits in 6 innings pitched, striking out 3.
The bullpen would give up only 1 run in 3 innings of work today, with Brian Fuentes notching his 5th save in 6 opportunities.
For the Orioles, Koji Uehara (2-2) would receive the loss after going 6 1/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits and striking out 5 Halo batters.
Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales would hit back-to-back taters in the 7th inning, with the 2nd blast giving the Halos a 3-1 lead, and that 3rd run would be all the run support needed for the win.
The Halos are now on a 3-game winning streak, pushing their record to 9-11 and the Orioles drop to 9-13 after starting the season at 6-3.
Shane Loux gave the Angels his strongest start of the season after throwing 6 innings of 1-run ball. Loux only went 4 innings in his last outing against the Mariners after giving up 7 runs on 11 hits but really settled down and gave the Angels a great effort today to complete a 2-game road sweep of the O’s.
The hot hitting continues, notching another game of 10 or more hits today (10 on the game). Torii Hunter, Kendry Morales and Jeff Mathis would each have 2 hits on the game.
Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales would hit crucial back-to-back solo home runs in the 7th inning to have the Angels go from tied at 1 apiece to ahead by a score of 3-1. Hunter hit his team-leading 8th home run of the season today (April 29th), when he didn’t hit his 8th home run last season until June 9th, and Morales’ jack was his 3rd round-tripper on the season. KMo went 4-for-8 with 2 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run in the 2-game series, posting 4 RBI and upping his season average to .288.
The bullpen would nail it down, but it wouldn’t come without a shaky start to the 8th inning with Jose Arredondo. Justin Speier struck out 2 Orioles in a 1-2-3 7th inning, but Arredondo led off the 8th by giving up an infield single to Adam Jones, and then allowed him to take 2nd base on a wild pitch. Nick Markakis would knock in the speedy Jones on a single to right, cutting the Halo lead to 3-2. Arredondo would then gather himself, strike out Aubrey Huff to make it one out, Jeff Mathis would throw out Nick Markakis trying to steal 2nd base for the 2nd out, and then Luke Scott would strike out looking to end the inning.
Brian Fuentes would come in for a save opportunity in the 9th, and would retire all 3 Oriole batters to give the Angels a 3-2 win.
An Oriole note, Nick Markakis pushed his hitting streak to 16 games today, the longest currently in the MLB.
Halo of the Game Review and Pick
4/29 Halo of the Game Pick: Kendry Morales
Stat Line: 2-4, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 K, 0 BB, 0 LOB
Morales had an RBI triple to deep center in the 4th inning to tie up the game at 1-1, but his solo homer to straightaway center field would give the Angels a much needed 3rd run as insurance. Morales has been on fire in the past week, with 2 home runs, 9 RBI, and a .321 average in that span. He’s been seeing the ball better and really putting good wood on it just like he did all throughout Spring Training.
Current Halo of the Game Hit Streak: 6 (season-long: 8 games)
Halo of the Game Season Hitting Statistics:
17 G-.365 avg. (23-63), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 13 R, 5 2B, 1 3B, 10 K, 10 BB, 5 SB
Tomorrow’s Halo of the Game Pick: Torii Hunter
The Angels now head to New York for a 4-game set with the Yankees.
Tomorrow’s game at New York against the Yankees is scheduled for 4:05 Pacific Time (7:05 Eastern).
Anthony Ortega or Matt Palmer will be the starter for the Halos, as Palmer was initially scheduled to be the starter today in Baltimore, and AJ Burnett will take the hill for the Bronx Bombers.