Four other teams have taken the field at Minute Maid Park this season and taken a sweep against the Houston Astros.
None has been as timely, however, as the sweep completed by the Los Angeles Angels on a balmy, 98 degree Sunday afternoon. Though the Astros may have been spared the heat of the day thanks to the stadium’s retractable dome, they were not spared the heat delivered by Angels’ starter C.J. Wilson (8-5, 3.63), who fanned 10 Astros in his seven innings of work.
Adding to the Angels’ elation at the team’s second sweep in as many series, the Josh Hamilton watch has grown less depressing. Just a week after the lefty slugger’s average submarined to .207, Hamilton pushed his hitting streak to tie a season high of six games on another double to left-center field that knocked in the two go-ahead runs for the Halos in the top of the eighth. His average now stands at .223 after a 9-21 (.429) stretch during his streak.
Finally, the Angels have seen nothing but great things from their bullpen lately. In the past four outings, the Halo bullpen has given up just one run over 8 2/3 innings; that’s a level of excellence that will need to be maintained for Los Angeles going forward.
The Halos will take a much needed day off before interleague play resumes against the St. Louis Cardinals (49-31) on Tuesday. Though Jered Weaver appears to have made a full recovery from his month and a half-long stint on the DL, the Angels will see what they are truly made of when they face the Cardinals, who boast the second-best record in baseball.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.