Trout is out, but Halos are flying high

MIKE TROUT was injured while sliding on Tuesday, but is expected to be back in the Angel lineup this weekend (Flickr/Keith Allison).

With a day off to travel, the Los Angeles Angels have a bit of time to reflect on their big turnaround and hope their best player recovers fast from a groin injury.

On Wednesday the Angels defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 in Anaheim for a sweep of the series and their sixth straight victory.

That puts the Halos at 7-6 for the young season after a dispiriting 1-6 start. The team has risen from the bottom of the American League West to third place in the division.

The joy in the win was lessened a bit by the injury to Mike Trout (hitting .416) on Tuesday, who suffered it during a feet-first slide into second base in the second inning. He played one more inning until he was taken out of the game. He’s expected to be back in the lineup by the weekend.

Without the all-star centerfielder, the Angels nevertheless pulled off the win on Wednesday. They made the most of their five hits, clustering most of them for four runs in the third inning. Overall, the key hit of game was a two-run bloop single by Justin Bour.

Starter Felix Pena had a rocky outing, giving up two runs in four innings, with two strikeouts and two walks. The bullpen continued to excel, blanking the Brewers the rest of the way. The win went to Jaime Barria (1-0).

The Angels will start their weekend series on Friday in Chicago against the Cubs (3-8).


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