For an inning, at least, the Los Angeles Angels (40-43) looked like the Halos of old on Tuesday night, spraying six singles en route to a five-run frame in the fifth.
Singles were all the Angels would get, but thanks to Jered Weaver‘s (2-4, 3.79 ERA) commanding performance, singles were all they needed. Los Angeles’ nine singles were more than enough for the right-hander, who gave up just one run in seven innings for the second time in a row, a marked departure from his previous struggles this season.
Tuesday night’s performance, much like last week’s 14-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers in which the Halos erupted for 14 singles, was a throwback to a simpler time, a time before Los Angeles’ free agency spending spree of 2011-2012. In 2009, for example, the Angels’ offensive attack centered around aggressive baserunning and singles, a category in which the Angels led the American League.
This year’s team, however, was not supposed to be a singles team. It was supposed to be a team that would bring pitchers to their knees as the bats of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton thundered throughout Angel Stadium. But in baseball, you don’t mess with what’s working, and if Josh Hamilton has been hitting singles instead of home runs during this seven-game win streak, the Angels will take it.
Notably absent from the party was Pujols, who failed to put the ball in play a single time. After facing his former team, the slugger is in a 2-23 slide over the past six games, not good news if the Halos want to keep the win streak going.
Still, all wins, pretty or ugly, are good wins for Los Angeles at this crucial juncture. As long as they are scoring runs, home runs are less important.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.