After their last extra-innings outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates ended in a disappointing loss, the Los Angeles Angels achieved a better result in Thursday afternoon’s 3-1, 10-inning victory over the Detroit Tigers to complete the series sweep.
And thank God it was only 10 innings, as the Angels’ bullpen was nearly out of fresh arms less than a day after six relievers took the mound against Detroit.
The win continued Los Angeles’ improbable good fortune at Comerica Park, where the team has now won its last nine matchups against the very capable Tigers.
It wasn’t just luck that brought the Angels the victory, however. Jered Weaver yielded just one run in seven solid innings, his longest outing of the season, on a night when the Angels desperately needed their starter to go deep.
Mike Trout gave the Angels’ offense a huge boost, accounting for four of the squad’s 11 hits on the evening. The biggest hit, however, belonged not to Trout but to Albert Pujols, whose towering double off the outstretched glove of center fielder Austin Wilson scored the go-ahead run for the Angels.
The Angels had trouble knocking in runs before the 10th — scoring just one run on eight hits in regulation — perhaps missing the power hitting of Mark Trumbo, who finally got a day off after taking the field in all 78 games prior to Thursday.
The close calls notwithstanding, the Angels (36-43) will take yet another scrappy victory and a road sweep against a division leader. They now hit the road to take on the lowly Houston Astros, against whom Los Angeles is just 3-6 this season. Let’s see if they can use the momentum from this series to take care of an inferior team on the road.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.