The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the Boston Red Sox for the first time this season in seven tries, but it took 13 innings to finish the deed on May 4. Their 11-0 trouncing of the Red Sox on Cinco de Mayo was much more therapeutic.
The two wins led to a split with the Red Sox and a winning road trip.
The Angels have been taking a beating from the Red Sox for the last three years and their offensive explosion on May 5 was a cleansing series finale for an offense that has struggled to get wins for the two best pitchers in the American League, Jered Weaver and Dan Haren.
The Angels' first victory of the season against the Boston Red Sox was a long and drawn out battle that lasted 13 innings. Ervin Santana started the May 4 marathon but the much-maligned Los Angeles Angels bullpen finished the deal. It was important for the Angels' bullpen to have a strong showing after struggling much of the season.
Pitching is the only reason the Angels are in a first-place battle with the Texas Rangers. Jered Weaver and Dan Haren have been stellar in the month of April but their hiccups in their first May starts are excusable. Weaver was weakened by a stomach virus and Haren just had bad outing.
The positive sign at the end of this road trip was the second game in the return of Joel Pineiro. Pineiro pitched 5 2/3 innings as he allowed three hits and no runs. If Pineiro can be the third ace on this incredible staff, the Angels just need to get their bats heated up for the summer months. Their May 5 outing may be the beginning of a resurgence of the offense as they await the return of Kendrys Morales.
Home runs have been few and far between for the Angels hitters and in their 11-run drubbing of the Boston Red Sox only Mark Trumbo blasted a home run. Bobby Abreu drove in three runs and has been a rock in the Angels lineup but Vernon Wells is needed in the power department if this team is to produce like they did on May 5.
The Angels return home to take on the American League Central's hottest team -- the Cleveland Indians -- for the next three games, and then they will face the Chicago White Sox for thee games. The Indians are on a smoking hot run and they are holding off an equally surprising contender in the Kansas City Royals.
The White Sox have been a surprise, also. They are in the basement.
*Todd Jacobs is an Anaheim native and long time Los Angeles Angels fan.
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