A day after losing ace Garrett Richards for the rest of this season and likely a big chunk of next, the Angels got a sparkling performance from their now number two starter, rookie Matt Shoemaker, as the team shutout Boston 2-0 to sweep the four game series at Fenway. The Angels extended their American League West lead over Oakland to two full games behind Shoemaker, who did not allow the Red Sox a hit until two out in the seventh inning. Mike Morin and Jason Grilli followed Shoemaker, and between them they allowed only one hit, a seventh-inning double to Will Middlebrooks off Shoemaker.
|It would have been very easy to give in to depression and anger following the devastating injury to Richards, but Mike Scioscia rallied his players and they came out ready to fight another day. Not insignificant in the grand scheme of things was an incident occurring in the sixth inning that may well have kept the fires burning in Angels' hearts and minds. After striking out, Albert Pujols meandered back to the dugout, apparently murmuring rather loudly about the||
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Scioscia took advantage of the situation and used it well to keep his players focused. the club went on to keep the Red Sox scoreless, as they scored again for the two-run win. That empty-uniform theoretically “managing” the other Los Angeles team could certainly learn a thing or two from Scioscia.
|Another word about the Dodgers. Many people credit the monumental August, 2012 trade with the Red Sox as being totally one-sided, and with turning the Dodgers into a consistent winner and pennant contender, but that really cannot be determined yet and won't be for quite awhile.|
Final note: The last time the Angels swept a four-game series in Boston was 52 years ago, in 1962.