ANAHEIM -- Mark Trumbo quietly has been the most dangerous Angels hitter all year.
Thursday, Trumbo turned up the volume. The rookie slugger rescued the Angels' season from the brink of meaningless with a walk-off two-run home run off Texas Rangers reliever Mike Adams to help the Angels avoid a four-game sweep. The Angels are six games back with 36 games to play, six against the Rangers.
Torii Hunter led off with a single to extend his hitting streak to 16 games and Trumbo hit a hooking liner into the left-field stands.
Weaver rebounds. First, he had to sit around for seven days because he lost his temper and threw at a hitter and got suspended. Then, he was awful, probably because of rust, when he returned. But Jered Weaver got his brilliant season back on track with seven masterful innings, his outing shortened only because of a 29-pitch first inning. The only thing missing, as usual, was run support.
Catalyst. I didn't think Peter Bourjos could be this kind of offensive force. He's doing so many things well nowadays, primarily using his best asset to his advantage. He bunted his way on for the 12th time this year in the fifth and raced all the way to third on an errant throw. All he really has to do is make contact and he'll be a threat. Now, he's doing that and he is.
Meat of the order. Lately, it hasn't been the heart of the Angels' order that has let them down. It's been the fringes. Trumbo looks as if he's settling into the No. 5 spot and Hunter has been one of the hottest hitters in the league. Bobby Abreu even got involved, lining a double off the right-field wall.
Decisions, decisions. Nothing could have burned the Angels decision-makers more than what Mike Napoli did in this crucial series. He nearly knocked out his former team this series, while the man he was traded for, Vernon Wells, continued to disappear. Napoli went 7-for-19 with two doubles and two home runs. To think he's making about $20 million less than Wells, too, could he be making the front office look any worse?
Mathis' bat. What else can you say? You can't blame Jeff Mathis because Mike Scioscia plays him most days. After his second strikeout, he got lustily booed. He is virtually an automatic out, but the situation is as much to blame as anything. Mathis would be a solid backup in a lot of places, because he's so good behind the plate. But to continue to expose him as a front-line catcher does no service to anyone, least of all Mathis.
Everybody's bat. Colby Lewis isn't bad. He's a decent pitcher, and he did have a nice breaking ball working Thursday night. But this kind of dominance had more to do with this Angels lineup, which has been sporadically awful all season. From the end of the second inning through the start of the fifth, Lewis set the Angels down in order, striking out four. The Angels have let mediocre starters get on rolls like that all year long.