It was over early Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver. Albert Pujols drove a Chad Bettis (4-4, 4.95) fastball into the pavilion in left-center-field with 2 aboard to put the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim out to a 3-0 lead that would prove enough. The Angels would go on to add 5 in the 2nd and 2 in the 3rd, posting an additional run and a quarter onto Bettis’ ERA in the process, and defeated the Colorado Rockies 10-2.
The Ghost of Jeremy Guthrie inhabited Bettis early. Kole Calhoun doubled with one out in the 1st, and the right-hander hit Mike Trout ahead of the Pujols Big Fly. Matt Joyce led off the 2nd with a rainbow into the center-field fountains. Bettis then walked former Rockie Chris Iannetta, who moved up on a bunt by Anaheim starter Andrew Heaney (2-0, 1.77) and scored on a Johnny Giavotella single. Calhoun singled behind Giavotella and ahead of a 3-run shot to left by the center-fielder Trout. In the 3rd David Freese had a lead-off single, and then it was Iannetta going deep, also into the fountains. Bettis was gone after 2-2/3, giving way to Yohan Flande.
Flande put a lid on it. Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss indicated Bettis was “straight,” “in the middle of the zone,” and “they didn’t miss.” Flande’s particular blend of funk took the fun out things for the Angels, who went scoreless over the final 6-1/3. Anaheim was without a hit against the right-hander up until the 8th, when Freese and Daniel Robinson singled with one out, but Flande got Iannetta and Heaney to turn it over to Christian Friedrich for the 9th.
Heaney was tough for Anaheim, allowing the 2 Rockies runs on 8 hits over 7-1/3. He struck-out 5. Fernando Salas took the last 2 in the 8th and Mike Morin handled the 9th for the Angels.
The inter-league rivals are back at it tonight in another 6:40 start out at the old ball park in LoDo. Chris Rusin is up for Colorado and LAAoA will counter with Matt Shoemaker.