By Pete Zarustica
When you think “long ball” in the context of the Los Angeles Angels, your mind usually goes first to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. But when the Halos slammed the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night at Coors Field, the power was provided by an entirely different cast of characters.
Zack Cozart, Justin Upton and Rene Rivera each went deep as the Angels defeated the Rox 8-0. It was all in support of another top-notch pitching performance, this one by Jaime Barria, who worked 5.1 innings, giving up 5.1 runs and no hits. He struck out seven batters and walked just one in improving his record to 3-1.
“There’s no doubt that the field here is the best park to hit at, but we don’t go into the game trying to do anything different because we’re playing in Coors Field,” Cozart said. “We’re just trying to put good swings on the ball and whatever happens, happens. We’ll take that same mentality back home and hopefully keep playing well.”
The win gave the Orange County team a split in the brief series and kept them in second place in the American League West at 22-14, a half-game back of the Houston Astros (24-15).
A lot of the damage was done by the top of the order, as the first three batters – Cozart, Trout and Upton – were collectively 7-for-14 at the plate, with four RBIs and six runs scored. Overall the visitors outhit the home team 12-8.
The road trip completed, the Halos are home Thursday to start a series with the Minnesota Twins (15-17). Garrett Richards (4-1) will make the start for the Anaheim team.