Trout, Angels show they're 'ready' in win vs. A's

BY foxsports • July 19, 2013

ANAHEIM, Calif. –- Mike Trout had a simple message for all of his Facebook friends earlier this week: "#Anaheim on FRIDAY" he wrote on his wall.

Trout and the Angels were back on the field to open up the second half of the season against the first place Oakland A's.

And to those who got Trout's message and were in attendance, he certainly didn't let them leave Angel Stadium without something to remember. The two-time all-star hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the Angels up 4-0 -- a lead they wouldn't relinquish in a 4-1 win.

For the Angels, it was their third solo home run of the night off of A's starter A.J. Griffin.
For Trout, it was his 16th of the season tying him for second on the ball club with Albert Pujols, who also had a solo homer on Friday. (Pujols later left the game in the eighth inning with soreness, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said).

The other solo home run belonged to Erick Aybar. It was his fourth of the season.

Josh Hamilton got the Angels on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the first to score J.B. Shuck. Hamilton was 2 for 4 with a single and a double in the win.
 
Jered Weaver handled the rest. The Angels ace was on the mound against a team he'd held scoreless for the past 18 innings entering Friday. He extended that streak to a franchise record 24 2-3 innings against the A's.

"You match up well against certain teams and Oakland's a team that I've had some success against, but at the same time they've done well against me," said Weaver, who pitched 6 2-3 innings of shutout ball and allowed four hits.

His control was un-Weaver-like as he tied his season-high with four walks, but his stuff was still good enough to set a season-high with eight strikeouts in a season-high 118-pitch outing. Despite not giving up any runs, Weaver admitted he had to work hard to get through 6 2-3 innings.

"He walked four guys which is a little high for (Weaver) but it was no doubt his stuff was there, and really maintaining it through a high pitch count is showing he's starting to get some of his stamina back," Scioscia said. "Through the middle innings, his pitch count was getting up a little bit, but he got back on the (bump) and finished strong."

It added up to the type of win the Angels needed in what is likely their most important stretch of the season. Thirteen of their first 20 games in the second half are against division rivals Oakland and Texas, including Friday night's second half opener. With the win, the Angels are now 10 games behind Oakland in the AL West.

"Our challenge is still bringing our game onto the field," Scioscia said. "Instead of focusing on who we're playing or where we’re playing, it gets back to how we're playing. We're going to be playing good teams all the way out and there's going to be tough games all the way out."

Said Trout: "We came out. We pitched well and we hit well. We were ready."


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