The taste of victory.  It’s delicious, isn’t it?  And I’m sure Angels fans all over the world are sleeping a bit better these days.  Not only have we seen our team turn it around seemingly overnight, we’ve been enjoying many “firsts” associated with all of the recent wins.


We saw my ALL-STAR Torii Hunter hit 3 homers in a game for the first time on Saturday.  Sunday gave us Jered Weaver’s first career shut-out.  He went the distance and kept the Padres off the board, giving up only 5 hits.  He lowered his ERA to 2.08 and is now second in all of baseball, behind Zack Greinke. 


Monday night’s game with the Giants continued this trend of firsts.  Sean Rodriguez had his first home run of the season.  Big John Lackey took a turn at the plate and engaged in a 10 pitch duel with Barry Zito.  Had he struck out at that point, I would’ve been happy just with him burning up that many pitches.  Instead, he had a solid hit up the middle which also gave him his first RBI.  Lackey had a chance to come around and score a run as the Angels exploded for 7 runs in the 4th, knocking Zito out of the game.  Lackey went a full 7 innings, striking out a season high 10 and walking none.  He had a comfortable 7 run lead that dwindled away to a 2 run lead in the 9th after Jepsen gave up a 3 run homer.  But Brian Fuentes came in and got the last out.  Thank you, Brian.  That definitely helps.


And the firsts continue as rookie Sean O’Sullivan makes his major league debut on Tuesday, filling in for starter Ervin Santana who is experiencing some elbow pain.  It’s a little disconcerting to now have the second starter back from rehab, who doesn’t seem to have rehabbed all the way.  But I’m not going to panic.  Matt Palmer has been a worthy substitute in the rotation and O’Sullivan had 16 wins last season with the Cucamonga Quakes.  His pitching style has been described as being a lot like Jered Weaver’s, with great command of his fastball.  At least his debut comes at a time when the Angels have seemed to remember how to hit and score lots of runs.  The Angels have scored a total of 35 runs in their last 4 games.  I’ll be rooting for the rookie, and with a name like Sean O’Sullivan, you know he’ll have the luck of the Irish with him!


With their sweep of the Padres and their win against the Giants Monday night, the Angels have a win streak going.  Do your own math because I’m superstitious and don’t want to jinx it.  It may not be a Colorado Rockies-type win streak, but it’s a WIN STREAK and right now, we’ll take it!


Baseball…manly, yes…but I like it too!




  1. invader3k

    Nice post. I was glad to see John Lackey pitch a very good game last night (he’s on my fantasy team and it’s good to see him give me some points, haha). I still think the Angels have a chance in the AL West. I’m not convinced the Rangers have enough pitching to hang on all season.


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