Salmon was also in Angel Stadium for Mike Trout’s latest web gem, when the center fielder propelled himself several feet over the wall with his right hand and robbed Jesus Montero of a three-run home run in the fourth inning of Saturday night’s 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
With Huston Street out with a Grade I-groin injury and Trevor Gott unavailable, the Angels brought Mike Morin out to close.
David Freese had a pair of hits, and an RBI, and Johnny Giavotella had a single and triple for two RBIs in his first game back off the disabled list.
Seattle’s Nelson Cruz, who is tied with Baltimore’s Chris Davis for the major-league lead with 43 home runs, is looking to become the second Mariner to top the majors (Ken Griffey Jr., 56 in 1997) and first player to lead the league in back-to-back years for different teams since Babe Ruth hit 29 for Boston in 1919 and 54 for the New York Yankees the following season.
Hisashi Iwakuma (9-5) yielded eight hits over 7 1-3 solid innings, but Carson Smith replaced him and gave up Calhoun’s drive, which clipped first baseman Jesus Montero’s glove on the way to the outfield. “Anything can happen. It’s hard, but we have to play for the fans, play for the city”. “We’re all just trying to contribute and keep us going”.
Angels: Giavotella only regained his normal vision a week ago. At the end, whatever it is, we’ll take it.”No trash talking between friends?Friday provided a flawless opportunity”.
After winning their series in Houston and Minnesota during a 10-game road trip, the Angels opened their final homestand of the season with a rare offensive barrage including 14 hits.
“You never know where Johnny’s going to end up”, he said, drawing laughter from reporters. Weaver was tossed after allowing three runs and six hits in a 3-1 loss to the Mariners (74-81).
The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth by solving right-hander Jered Weaver, who used a repertoire ranging from a 66 miles per hour curveball to an 86 miles per hour fastball to retire the first 10 batters he faced.
There was no renewal of the Weaver and Kyle Seager spat that flared 11 days earlier at Safeco Field, when angry words came from both before and after Weaver hit Seager with a pitch (and was ejected from the game). Angels catcher Carlos Perez threw to Aybar, who started a rundown that eliminated Hicks. That’s helped them recover all of the ground they lost in the Wild Card race. “(Umpire Bob Davidson) said I tagged him up here (on the shoulder) after he was on the base. “But I’ve gotten a little bit better”.
L.A. starter Andrew Heany then retired the next two hitters, which permitted the Angels to pull even when C.J. Cron crushed a 1-1 sinker from Hernandez for a leadoff homer in the sixth inning.
CJ Cron added a two-run homer in the seventh inning in the 14-hit Angels’ offense.
In the playoff hunt, the Angels went into Friday night’s game against the Mariners with a 5-7 record in their last 12 games. He is slated to start the final game of this homestand Wednesday against Oakland.