LA Angels beat Seattle 8-4, move to edge of playoff position

“That’s the bottom line”.


Adding fuel to the offensive fire, four of the nine starters picked up a pair of RBI, maybe none bigger than the returning second baseman, Johnny Giavotella. “That’s our game and how we’re playing”, Scioscia said. We all had some good at bats.

The Angels will face one of the toughest pitchers in the game on Saturday, Felix Hernandez, in another must win game, as all nine of the season’s remaining games will be.

Nelson Cruz hit his 43rd homer of the season.

Heaney was terrific at Seattle on July 12 with seven shutout innings in a 10-3 win.

Cruz connected against Richards in the first inning, tying Baltimore’s Chris Davis for the major league lead in homers.

Erick Aybar hit a leadoff double and scored when Trout’s jammed popup landed in right for a bloop double. Cron belted an 0-2 curveball 415 feet away from home plate in the right field bleachers.

The Angels got the better of the Mariners ace in a 4-3 win at Seattle on September 15. Later in the same inning, David Freese would single home C.J. That deficit will change before the Angels take the field since the Astros host Texas earlier in the day. But Richards then struck out catcher Steve Baron, shortstop Ketel Marte and Seager to limit the damage.

Manager Lloyd McClendon lifted Nuno after 67 pitches because he may bring him back to pitch on Tuesday on short rest. We really had opportunities to take the lead.

“There’s only one thing we can concern ourselves with on a given night”.

Giavotella drove in runs in the fourth and sixth innings, punctuating his sixth-inning triple with a belly-flop slide into third. “I just woke up and I was pretty much cross-eyed the first week after it happened”. “He may have to start and I didn’t want his pitch count to get too high”. RHP Zip Zabel pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 1913-15….

Giavotella, who spent the past week at the team’s instructional league camp in Arizona getting his timing back, said his recovery from the ailment was “a very gradual process”, and it wasn’t until a week ago that he felt close to 100 percent, still having some problems seeing out of the corner of his left eye without getting dizzy.

Giavotella has been sidelined since August. 20 by his unusual condition, which gave him double vision when he looked down. Richards has been lackluster after his standout 2014 season, posting a 3.73 earned run average on the year. Mount up, Angels. Time to do some regulatin’.


But with Seattle only one run away, the Angels would need some insurance, and that’s where recently returned Johnny Giavotella came in.

LA Angels beat Seattle move to edge of playoff position