|Angel catcher goes deep - twice|
Written by Bjoern Hartig (Contact & Archive) on April 11, 2009
Angels' catcher Mike Napoli hits his second home run of the day to give the Angels the 3-2 lead just after the Red Sox' Mike Lowell tied the game with a two-run bomb of his own.
Boston's pitcher Brad Penny started a bit wild, but most Angels are swinging away anyway. For example, Penny walked Chone Figgins on five pitches, but Howie Kendrick took a ball and then grounded out on a pitch on the corner. Why not wait until Penny shows he can throw two strikes in one at-bat?
The Angels really need to learn to be more patient at the plate if they don't want to rely on their pitching in every game.
Update: The Red Sox take the lead again on another two-run home run. Later Jason Bay (predictably) hits one off Justin Speier to make it 5-3 Red Sox. Papelbon will try to close it out.
Update: The Angels get another solo homer, this time by Torii Hunter and then load the bases on a double and two walks. But he gets Howie Kendrick to fly out to end the game after a ten pitch at bat on a 0-2 count (respect!).
The difference in this game is timing. Both teams had eight hits and three home runs and the Angels actually out-walked the Red Sox 4-3, but the Red Sox had a man on twice when they hit the ball out of the park.