By Pete Zarustica/Garden Grove Journal
Something’s gotta give.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have swept a crucial three-game series with the Oakland Athletics, a triumph which keeps alive the hope of the Halos advancing to the post-season playoffs rather than just sitting home and watching them on TV.
This series matched two of the hottest teams in baseball. The A’s won nine in row coming into the four-game set; the Angels six of seven.
On Tuesday the Angels broke open a close game with two runs each in the eight and ninth innings to win 6-1.
Zack Greinke gave up just one run in seven innings as the Angels kept hope alive in the quest for a wild card playoff spot. Tuesday’s win put them 3.5 games back. Twenty-six games remain to be played.
The Halos won the first game of the series Monday night behind a 14-hit attack, besting the A’s 8-3. Vernon Wells hit a solo home run and Chris Iannetta had three hits, including a two-run homer in the win.
It was a rare return to the starting lineup for Wells.
“The biggest thing is when I do get a chance to play just try to do what I can to help this team win, whether it’s in the box or in the field,” Wells said. “It was difficult at first. The more you go through it, you live for today. That’s the best way to go through life – enjoy the moment.”
Starter C.J. Wilson enjoyed the moment, picking up this 11th win and cooling off the red-hot A’s offense.
“Our bats just overwhelmed them today,” said Wilson. “That’s the kind of offense we need to put up there to be relentless and put pressure on the other team.”
The series with the A’s concluded Wednesday with a 7-1 win for the Angels, which moved them to within 2.5 games of a wild card spot in the American League. Today (Thursday) is an off-day. The Halos are home Friday for a three-game set with the Detroit Tigers through Sunday, then host the Athletics next Monday through Thursdsy (Sept. 10-13).