Johnny Giavotella/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Angels
The Angels entered the opening of their three-game series with the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday coming off a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers. Prior to first pitch, Angels manager Mike Scioscia was asked what specifically he liked about the way his team took care of business over those four days.
His response spoke volumes.
“I think the way they were gritty,” he said of his players. “They got after it on every aspect, whether it was the defensive aspect, how we pitched on the mound, clutch hitting, situational hitting, getting bunts down if we needed it, stealing bases. Whatever we needed to do in a situation, we were able to do that and that’s what we need to do for that long-range success.”
The fourth victory of the series came when Johnny Giavotella hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday to break a 2-2 tie and lift the Angels to a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium.