On The Field: Richards, Calhoun Bring Thunder!

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It was a rainy night with scattered thunderstorms in Southern California. The Angels were contemplating their possible first rain out at the Big A since June 16, 1995 against the Chicago White Sox. Well, it didn’t happen. Because Garrett Richards and Kole Calhoun combined forces to harness the lightning, and unleashed a storm of dominant pitching and two home runs onto the Red Sox. Richards recorded his second career shutout, defeating the Sox 3-0.

Here are some notes from tonight’s game:

  • Kole Calhoun was 3-for-3 with 2 home runs tonight. He’s hitting .324, 6 HR, 17 RBI in his last 16 games.
  • The last time Red Sox were shutout in consecutive in games was August 7-8, 2009, at the hands of the Yankees, in New York.
  • This was also the third time since 2000 that the Sox were shutout in consecutive games. This was the first time they were handed that to them by a team not named the Yankees.
  • Huston Street was warming up tonight. Had he saved the game, it would’ve been career save number 300.
  • Angels have yet to allow a run in the second half… They’ve held the Red Sox scoreless in 18 innings so far.
  • At one point, the Sox went 13 innings without advancing a runner to third base.
  • The last time the Angels faced Rick Porcello was May 22 at Fenway. In that game, the Halos victimized the right hander with 7 ER, 7 H in 4 1/3 innings during a 12-5 win over the Sox. Ouch!
  • With the Twins losing tonight, the Angels sudden;y have the second best record in the American League. And now they’re 4 1/2 games behind the Royals for the AL’s best record.

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