The Angels 4-game win streak came to an end Wednesday afternoon when the Detroit Tigers took the final game of their 3-games series by the score of 5-4. Had the Halo pitchers been able to throw strikes, the outcome may have been different as the Tigers were gifted 8 walks. Also contributing to the lose was a costly error by third baseman Alberto Callaspo in the 3rd that led to two unearned Tiger runs.
Hisanori Takahashi (2-2) walked the first batter he faced in the seventh and gave up the run tying single by Andy Dirks two batters later. However the streak-killing hit was Miguel Cabrera’s 2-run home run off of Michael Kohn who had relieved Takahashi. Mark Trumbo hit his 14th home run of the season in the bottom of the 7th that would have put the Angels ahead, but only got them one run closer.
The Angels led off the game with three runs in the first inning, highlighted by a Howie Kendrick 2-run single to center to score Bobby Abreu and Vernon Wells. Wells had driven in the first run of the game with a double to left to score Torii Hunter.
Angels’ starter Tyler Chatwood lasted into the 6th, allowing 2 unearned runs on 4 hits, but had thrown 101 pitches (54 for strikes), while walking 5 batters for the third time this season. Rich Thompson pitched two scoreless innings, striking out 3 and walking one.
The Seattle Mariners come to Anaheim to start a 4-game weekend series before next week’s all-star break.