Purgatory Online

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Man-o-manimal, if the Expos don't want to move to Puerto Rico, I know a team that does. The Angels smacked the Expos around for the second straight night, hitting seven home runs just one night after hitting six. Jeff DaVanon hit two home runs again, his third consecutive multi-homer game - a feat accomplished only four times in the past, and never since 1969. Garret Anderson hit three dingers of his own. Glaus went 3 for 5, Fullmer went 2 for 5, and both of them went long, too. The two games agains the Expos have been such blowouts that, in both cases, the bench was almost completely emptied. Only Fullmer didn't get in Tuesday night, and Wooten was the odd man out last night.

Huge props go to Washburn for pitching in that bandbox for six innings and giving up just one run, and to Shields and Rodriguez for pitching one scoreless inning apiece. Although Frankie did walk two, he also struck out two, a phenomenon we may have to get used to. Of the relievers, only Mickey Callaway gave up a run, but of course that was in the bottom of the ninth with a ten-run lead, a serve-it-up situation if I've ever seen one.

That makes five wins in the last six games. Have the Angels come around? After finishing their series with the Expos tonight, they travel to Miami to take on a Marlins team that's actually a little worse than the Expos, so hopefully they can keep up the pace. And they'll need to - the Mariners are showing no signs of slowing down up atop the AL West, and we've still got a ways to go before we're contending for the wild card.