Chase Field hosted a non-televised day game today, and it was nearly an all-Angels affair. The game was close halfway through, but Allen Webster ran into trouble in the 6th to put the game out of reach.
The Angels struck first with 2 runs in the third. Taylor Featherston got the fun started with a long homer to center field. Johnny Giavotella thought that like so much fun he did the same thing two batters later for a quick 2-0 lead,.
Arizona responded in the 5th by linking two doubles by David Peralta and Nick Ahmed to cut the lead to 2-1. It was Ahmed's second hit of the game, and he ended with a good 2-3 day. No one would mistake him for Derek Jeter, but he's turned around at the plate a little in recent weeks, giving him a little more danger than a slick glove.
As mentioned above Webster was able to keep the Angels pretty quiet for much of the game, until the 5th inning. That was when the proverbial wheels fell off.
Giavotella led the inning off with a single, and was quickly brought him with a long triple by Mike Trout. Chip Hale tried to play the numbers by intentionally walking Albert Pujols, but this was followed David Freese being unintentionally walked to load the bases. At this point Collmenter came into relieve Webster, and lit the fuse to the also proverbial dynamite.
Efren Navarro slapped a single to right to bring home Trout and Pujols and give the Angels a 5-1 lead. Then Carlos Perez immediately followed this with a bases clearing double to extend the lead to 7-1, and cause Webster to be tagged with 6 total runs for the day. Collmenter himself only earned 1, which seems like a cosmic injustice.
The game slid along from there without much note, or at least that's what I gather from reading the rest of the play-by-play in ESPN's boxscore.
CJ Wilson started for the Angels and had himself a day. He ended up going 8 innings and only gave up 1 run on 8 hits and 9 strikeouts.
Allen Webster didn't fare quite as well, only lasting 5.1 innings, giving up 6 (with Collmenter's assist) runs on 5 hits and a whopping 5 walks.
So there you have it, a split of a split home/home series. For a mid-week day game participation in the Gameday Thread was lively, with James Attwood leading the way with nearly 100 comments. He was joined by: AzRattler, BIGredmc, Britback, DbacksSkins, DeadmanG, Fangdango, GuruB, Jim McLennan, JoeCB1991, JoelPre, Makakilo, MrMrrbi, Muu, SongBird, Steven Burt, Turambar, Xerostomia, catbat, freeland1787, gamepass, hotclaws, noblevillain, onedotfive, piratedan7, preston.salisbury, ryeandi, and xmet
The Diamondbacks home stand continues tomorrow night with the Padres in town. Game time is at the usual 6:40pm Arizona time, so tune in, won'tcha?