The Angels, who had lost nine of 11 games as they embarked on a 12-game trip in which they will touch all four corners of the country and travel 6,822 miles, needed this. General Manager Tony Reagins, who is feeling heat for his January trade that brought Vernon Wells and the four years and $81 million left on his contract to Anaheim, needed this. Hitting instructor Mickey Hatcher, the object of harsh criticism from fans calling for his firing amid the drought-like conditions surrounding the team's offense, needed this. But most of all, it was Wells who needed what the struggling left fielder provided Monday night, a two-homer game that lifted the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Dan Haren allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking none, to improve to 6-4, and the relief trio of Rich Thompson, Scott Downs and Jordan Walden (15th save) held Seattle scoreless over the final three innings. But it was Wells who, after poring over video Monday afternoon and making a slight adjustment in his stance by standing more upright at the plate, stood tallest. His solo home run to left field in the third inning tied the score, 2-2, and snapped the Angels' streak of 63 innings without a homer. And his two-run shot to left-center in the seventh gave them a 5-3 lead. "This is not going to happen every night," Wells said, "but this is a little bit of what I'm capable of doing." Asked if he needed to remind some Angels fans of that, Wells said: "No comment. There's a lot of baseball to play. I know what I'm capable of doing. Been there, done that.
Angels' 6-3 victory over Seattle is good for all concerned, especially Vernon Wells
Los Angeles Times | Jun 14