The offensive uprising that smacked the Chicago White Sox down on Wednesday continued on Thursday as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the team from the Windy City, 12-8.
That victory, powered by three home runs and a total of 16 hits, squared the Halos’ record at 52-52, still in fourth place in the American League West.
After falling behind 2-1 in early going, the Orange County team had three three-run outbursts. Justin Upton led the hit parade with a 4-for-4 night at the Big A, followed by Ian Kinsler with three hits (and a home run). The top RBI man was catcher Francisco Arcia, who also homered, and drove in four runs. Kole Calhoun added a solo home run.
It wasn’t a great night for the pitching staff, yielding nine hits and eight runs. Nick Tropeano (4-5) worked the first 6.1 innings, getting touched for five hits and five runs. He walked two and struck out seven. Four relievers gave up four more hits and three more runs.
The Angels will host the Seattle Mariners, the AL West’s second place team, starting on Friday. Starting for the home team will be Andrew Heany (6-6) against Wade LeBlanc (6-1).