A rare highlight in an otherwise depressing 2016 took place Saturday as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 at the Big A. Ricky Nolasco pitched six shutout innings and Albert Pujols hit his 30th home run of the season as the Halos won the third game of the four-game series with the Jays.
Nolasco (6-14) gave up five hits in his stint, striking out seven batters and walking two. Pujols’ homer was historic because he became the fourth player in baseball history to hit at least 30 home runs for 14 seasons.
The Angels totaled eight hits, with Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout each getting two. The Halos were 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position and were helped by three Toronto errors. With the win, the Angels are 64-84, still in fifth place in the American League West, but only one game behind the fourth place Oakland A’s (65-93), so an escape from the cellar remains quite possible.
On Monday, the Angels are off to Globe Life Park in Arlington to take on the Texas Rangers, leaders in the AL West.
RUSTLERS’ LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT
A fourth quarter rally by the Golden West College football team wasn’t quite enough on Saturday, as the Rustlers lost 24-16 to Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga. Trailing 21-3 after three quarters the team from Huntington Beach put two touchdowns on the scoreboard, but fell short.
Adam Carr was 24-for-37 passing, with two touchdowns and 212 yards. The GWC rushing attack was led by Gabriel Ford and Sheldon White, each with 57 yards. Manase Time was the defensive standout with nine solo tackles.
Golden West (1-2) continues its non-conference schedule next Saturday when it hosts Cerritos College at LeBard Stadium on the Orange Coast College campus at 6 p.m. The Falcons are 1-2 after defeating Palomar College 21-17 on Saturday.
In other area community college football action Saturday, Orange Coast College lost 34-14 to Ventura College, Santa Ana College lost 27-19 to Victor Valley and Fullerton College defeated College of the Canyons 59-14.