Angels cannot get the sweep against Tigers, but still win the series

Updated: June 1, 2016

It was a beautiful sunny 4 0’clock start today in Anaheim today when Matt Shoemakkkkkkkker and Tigers rookie Michael Fullmer. The broadcasters warned that the ball would fly today in the warm SoCal sun but that was not the case as Michael Fullmer carried a no-hitter through 6 and two thirds of an inning until the first baseman CJ Cron(with Albert Pujols getting the night off)flared a single in front of the right fielder JD Martinez. Could the Angels get the sweep?

Shoemaker and Fullmer battled for most of the night with Shoe giving up a few singles in the first to Victor Martinez and the 2012 triple crown and future hall of famer Miguel Cabrera. Shoemaker did a solid job for the most part keeping the perennial all-star Cabrera off the board. He held him to going one for four with a first inning single and a strike-out. Shoemaker definitely had a strong start that he can build off of against a very tough lineup.

During the game today Shoemaker broke Frank Tanana’s club record for strike outs in a span of innings without issuing walk with thirty-three strikeouts going back to his previous three starts (Tanana had thirty). The bearded native of Michigan has definitely turned things around since coming back from his brief minor league stint at the beginning of May.

Fullmer on the other hand was outright filthy today, perfect through three and two thirds until he walked the red baron himself, Kole Calhoun who ended up being the Angels first baserunner of the day. Fullmer would not allow any more baserunners until the seventh where CJ Cron flared a single to right field but would be stranded on base. The Angels offense would finally show signs of life in the eighth when Angels backstop Carlos Perez drew a one out walk.

Albert Pujols made an appearance in this game pinch-hitting for the fill in center fielder Shane Robertson but he ended up striking out swinging(as did seven other Angel batters including Mike Trout) against Michael Fullmer. Next up the Venezuelan shortstop Gregorio Petit crushed a ground rule double to left field but the former Angels fireman Francisco Rodriguez who holds the Major League record with sixty-two saves in one season came and got Johnny Giavotella to ground out to end the inning.

The Tigers offense came by with an RBI single by Ian Kinsler scoring Jose Iglesias who got on with a double in the fifth inning. The very next inning the man with longest last name in Major League Baseball history, Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked in Victor Martinez with a single giving Detroit a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning. Detroit would tack on another run in the ninth inning when Jose Alvarez and Javy Guerra combined to walk the bases loaded almost getting out of without a scratch except for Gregorio Petit committing an error on a ground ball that could have been a double play but ended up scoring Saltalamacchia. (Oh golly how I miss Andrelton Simmons)

In the ninth the Halos would get some hope with a one out walk by Trout who later stole second off of K-Rod but it ended up not making a difference as Frankie got Jefry Marte to strike out swinging en route to his MLB leading fifteenth save.

W-Michael Fullmer 5-1 3.24 ERA (7.2 innings 8 strikeouts 2BB 0ER)

L-Matt Shoemaker 3-6 5.50 ERA(7 innings 8 strikeouts, 2 ER)

S-Francisco Rodriguez 15 Saves 3.60 ERA

Final Score 3-0 Tigers. Angels have the day off tomorrow as they fly to Pittsburgh for an inter-league match. 4:05 start Friday, Jered Weaver facing off against Francisco Liriano.

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