The Los Angeles Angels’ offense, missing for much of July, has returned with a vengeance. On Saturday night the Halos hammered out 13 hits at the Big A and went on to smack the Seattle Mariners 11-5.
It was the Halos’ fourth straight win, and improved the team record to 54-52, still in fourth place in the American League West.
Mike Trout led the fireworks with a first inning home run (his 29th of the season), but the offensive star of the evening was rookie catcher Francisco Arcia, who homered once and doubled twice. He ended up driving in six runs, which makes for 10 RBIs in his first two games, a MLB record.
“You couldn’t feel happier for someone who’s done what Frankie has done,” said Angel manager Mike Scioscia. “Just grinding it out in the minor leagues to get this opportunity and then doing something that he does in the first two days. Ten RBIs, that’s incredible. He gave us a big lift, no doubt.”
That was more than enough to make up for the two-homer night of the Mariners’ star Nelson Cruz, now with 25 round-trippers.
Angel starting pitcher Jaime Barria (6-7) benefitted from the Angel barrage. He snapped a six-game losing streak with this effort. He threw six innings, giving up five hits and two runs. Barria struck out two batters and walked two, while giving up a pair of solo homers to Cruz.
The Angels will finish the homestand on Sunday by sending Felix Pena (1-1) against the M’s Marco Gonzales (11-5). Monday will be a travel day, and the Halos will start a road trip on Tuesday in Tampa Bay.