We saw it. It may have taken us 90 games to witness, but fans finally saw it.
That defeated look in Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija‘s eye when he knew the Los Angeles Angels lineup would simply be too much to handle. That relentless onslaught of power that was supposed to be Los Angeles’ hallmark all season. We finally saw it.
First Josh Hamilton continued his hot streak with a three-run shot in the first. Then Trumbo followed it up with a solo homer of his own in the same inning. Albert Pujols then homered for the second game in a row in the fifth.
Hamilton, for good measure, added a second homer right after.
It may be unreasonable to expect the Halos to regularly demonstrate the offensive brilliance they unleashed in Wednesday night’s 13-2 slaughter, but they certainly thought they’d have seen more nights like this by now.
No matter; if it takes Hamilton 90 games to start looking like Hamilton, it’s better late than never for the Angels. Even in the depths of his slump, you somehow knew that there’s no way one of the best hitters in baseball would hover around .200 for long. The great thing about a 162-game season is that slumps even out and true talent reveals itself.
In Hamilton’s case, it looks like a great balancing is underway, and that couldn’t be better news for the Angels.
The better question is whether Pujols, who homered in back-to-back games against Chicago, will be able to keep powering through his crippled left foot. He looked none the worse for wear in the two-game road series, but the Halos are keeping their fingers crossed as they are with all key players heading into the season’s most crucial period.
Let’s hope today’s day off doesn’t ruin Los Angeles’ newfound momentum, and may those bats keep launching home runs.
Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels blogger for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker.