By Pete Zarustica
On Wednesday at the Big A, the Los Angeles Angels scored in just one inning, but that was more than enough as the Halos defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7-0 for their fourth win in five games.
It was long ball that did the trick as Mike Trout hit his 20th home run of the season, becoming only the fourth player in American League history history to hit at least 20 homers six times before turning 26.
Also going deep were C.J. Cron (sixth) and Kaleb Coward (first), all in that decisive third inning. The win solidified the Angels’ (53-55) grip on third place in the AL West, and moved them within three games of a wild card berth.
J.C. Ramirez (9-8) did his share, too, pitching eight shutout innings. He gave up just six hits, while striking out three and walking two.
“JC just keeps going,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think his confidence is very high. He’s going to make his pitches and live with the results. It’s a great eight innings he gave us tonight.”
The Angels benefitted from some defensive miscues by the visitors. Two errors led to a total of five unearned runs for the Orange County team.
Parker Bridwell (5-1) will get the start on Thursday against the Phillies.