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.