For one afternoon in a horrific season, baseball was fun again for Josh Hamilton, the Angels right fielder who saved at least three runs with two leaping catches at the wall in Saturday's 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros in Minute Maid Park. Peter Bourjos wishes he could say the same. While Hamilton scaled walls, and Joe Blanton delivered his third straight quality start, and Erick Aybar and Alberto Callaspo hit two-run singles in a four-run fourth inning, and Howie Kendrick and Chris Iannetta each homered to help the Angels win their fifth straight game, Bourjos got hurt … again. The speedy center fielder, who is batting .326 with a .385 on-base percentage in 40 games, returned to the lineup Saturday for the first time since suffering a bruised left thumb sliding into second base against Pittsburgh on June 23. But after getting smoked on the right wrist by a Jordan Lyles fastball in the fourth inning, Bourjos, who sat out 40 games in May and June because of a left hamstring strain, headed to a hospital for X-rays, the results of which weren't available after the game. "It's pretty frustrating," Bourjos said. "I got through the hamstring, I was swinging the bat well, then I jammed my thumb, which set me back a little bit, and now this. It's one thing after another. I'm not sure how bad it is, but it's sore." Bourjos' injury put a damper on an otherwise gratifying day for the Angels, who combined strong pitching, timely hitting, some power and superb defense to move within one win of their first 6-0 trip since 2002. Blanton, who was skipped in the rotation after a shoddy start in Boston on June 9, gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking two, to improve to 2-10 and earn his first win since May 23.
Angels beat Astros, 7-2, behind Joe Blanton and Josh Hamilton
Los Angeles Times | Jun 30