Pair of Two Run Blasts Pushes Halos past Dbacks, 4-1

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Updated: June 17, 2015

Anaheim, CA

Seeking a spark for an offense that has been struggling, Mike Scoiscia juggled his lineup, inserting Mike Trout into the three hole for the first time in his career, while batting Albert Pujols in the clean-up spot.  Batting clean-up is not an unfamiliar spot for Pujols, but it was his first time in the four hole since May 21, 2010 and first time since he joined the Angels.

While the offense didn’t exactly fire on all cylinders, managing just three hits in the first five innings, their “new cleanup hitter” came through with a big bang.  Pujols and David Freese combined to hit a pair of two out two run home runs to back another strong outing from Garrett Richards, seven inning while only allowing four hits.  The pair of two run blasts pushed the Halos past the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1, the the final game of the two home games played in the four game split series, that now heads to Phoenix.

For Pujols, his 19th home run of the season, now puts him in the conversation for an All-Star selection.  With 19 big flies on the season, Albert is now the American League leader in that category.  In his current hot streak, he has 11 home runs in his past 18 games, while only striking out three times.

Three Angels pitchers combined to hold the Diamondbacks offense in check, allowing just five hits. G-Rich ran his record to 7-4 on the season with a 96 pitch performance, while Joe Smith pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Houston Street notched his 20th save with a perfect ninth.

I am sure that tomorrow’s Angel starting pitcher, Hector Santiago, hope the offense ignites in the scorching Arizona desert.

Time to Slap Hands and Light That Baby Up photo by Steve Baker

Time to Slap Hands and Light That Baby Up
photo by Steve Baker

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