Mark Trumbo Drives In Five As Angels Trounce Tigers 12-7

The Angels start a 4-game series in Detroit Thursday afternoon.

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Trumbo Drives In Five As Angels Trounce Tigers 12-7

Mark Trumbo gave within a single of hitting for the cycle and drove in a career-high 5 runs as the Angels beat up on the Tigers Thursday afternoon. With the five RBI, the rookie first baseman now leads the team in runs driven in and home runs. Trumbo homered in the second, hit a triple to deep center in the fourth, and doubled to center in the seventh.

Angels’ starter Joel Pineiro lasted just 3.1 innings after giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on seven hits. Scott Downs allowed his first run in over a month when he gave up a home run to newly acquired Tiger third baseman Wilson Betemit in the eighth. Bobby Cassevah (1-0) picked up his second career win by tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Fernando Rodney made his first appearance for the Halos since returning from the DL July 21st after suffering an upper-back strain June 13th. Rodney pitched a perfect inning, recording 3 outs on just 7 pitches.

The only Angel batter without a hit was Vernon Wells. Trumbo, Erick Aybar, and Alberto Callaspo each contributed three hits, and Howie Kendrick, Peter Bourjos, and Jeff Mathis each had two. Both of Bourjos’ hits were doubles giving him 17 on the year.

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Joel Pineiro Looks To Continue Angel Pitching Dominance In Detroit

The Angels travel to Detroit to play a 4-game series against the AL Central leading Tigers after taking 2 of 3 and winning their 11th of 12 series in Cleveland.  Wednesday afternoon's win featured Ervin Santana's no-hitter, the third no-hitter thrown this season - Francisco Liriano and Justin Verlander tossed no-hitters May 3rd and May 7th.

Just as importantly, the yesterday's win moved the Angels to within two games of the AL West division leading Texas Rangers who lost to the Minnesota Twins 7-2.  During the month of July, the Halos have compiled a 15-8 record, while the Rangers have gone 16-7, keeping the battle for the division crown a two-team race.

Looking to follow-up Santana's gem is Joel Pineiro (5-5, 4.61 ERA).  Pineiro has been inconsistent this season stringing together good games followed by poor outings.  Prior to this last two starts that saw him give up 8 runs in the first inning against Oakland and 3 run on 11 hits in 5.1 innings against the Orioles, Pineiro had put together back-to-back wins while allowing just 4 runs.  One of those wins came against the Tigers in Anaheim on July 4th, when the right-hander gave up one run on 5 hits over 7 innings.

Since their dramatic, come from behind victory over the Rangers on July 20th, the Halo pitchers have been dominant putting up a 1.61 ERA and winning 5 of seven.

Brad Penny (7-7, 4.51 ERA) will get the call for the Tigers in Thursday afternoon's game.  The veteran right-hander lost his last time out when he allowed 4 runs over 7 innings to the Minnesota Twins on July 23rd.  Penny had won his previous two starts although he gave up a combined 7 runs over 13 innings in those games.

Who's Hot - Last 14 Days:
Alberto Callaspo - 16 for his last 44 (.364), 4 2B
Howie Kendrick - 11 for his last 36 (.306), 3 2B

Jhonny Peralta - 16 for his last 43 (.372), 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI
Victor Martinez - 15 for his last 46 (.326)
Miguel Cabrera - 15 for his last 45 (.333), 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI

Who's Cold - Last 14 Days:
Bobby Abreu - 7 for his last 40 (.175)
Torii Hunter - 6 for his last 47 (.128), 2 HR, 16 K
Jeff Mathis - 2 for his last 21 (.095)
Mike Trout - 6 for his last 33 (.182), 2 2B, 1 HR 6 RBI
Mark Trumbo - 8 for his last 43 (.186), 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI

Brennan Boesch - 9 for his last 46 (.196)

Game time is 10:05am (PDT) and will be show on Fox Sports West.  For more Angels' news, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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