W: Joel Pineiro (1-0)
L: John Lackey (2-4)
Erick Aybar, 4-for-6, RBI, 2 R, 2 SB
Howie Kendrick, 3-for-6, 2 RBI, R, SB
Bobby Abreu, 2-for-6, 2B, 3 RBI
Mark Trumbo, 1-for-3, 2 BB, HR, 2 RBI
Alberto Callaspo, 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI
Peter Bourjos, 3-for-4, 2B, 4 R
Torii Hunter, 1-for-3, 2 BB, RBI, R
Red Sox Standouts
David Ortiz, 3-for-3, BB
Joel Pineiro and the Angels' bullpen worked a shutout of the Red Sox on Thursday, earning a split in their four-game set. John Lackey was roughed up, pitching just four innings but surrendering eight runs. Pineiro worked five and two-thirds without giving up a run before turning it over to the 'pen to finish it off.
Two things: first, I've been struggling with whether to call the Angels "Anaheim" or "Los Angeles" or "Southern California" or "that @#$@#@$ team that blacks out games for no apparent reason," because I'm not sure what title places them correctly. Obviously, the decision to call the team the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is one of the most underrated stupid decisions in the history of sports, but that's a discussion for another time and another place. Therefore, from this point forward, I will be calling them the 714s, for the equally stupid area code in which their stadium is located (seriously, what a dumb-looking number).
Second, the 714s took sole possession of the AL West and are now 18-14 on the year. This has occurred because the Angels are sporting a 12-7 road record and lots of contributions across the board. While mainstays like Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu are having below average starts, they're still creating offense at opportune times and seem to have a different guy step up every game (well, everyone except Vernon Wells, but I'm certain even the 714 fans already realize what a big mistake that was).
And to think, if they had just picked up Carl Crawford like they were supposed to, the 714s would probably have the best record in baseball.