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When looking over their projected lineup during spring training, I bet Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia didn’t think it would take until July 10 for Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton to hit back-to-back home runs, let alone that date would be the first time their entire team hit back-to-back homers. So it goes in the unpredictable world of Major League Baseball.
The back-to-back jacks finally came in the fifth inning of their overpowering 13-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. For Hamilton, it was it his second big fly of the game and his fourth over the past week. That's an encouraging sign. For Pujols, it was his second in as many days. Prior to that, he had not homered since June 21. The Angels also received homers from Brendan Harris and Mark Trumbo in the lopsided win.
Is Cain still able?: Concerns have been mounting in San Francisco surrounding the health of rotation workhorse Matt Cain, and those were in no way smoothed over by his performance in Wednesday’s game against the New York Mets. In the outing, Cain lasted only 36 pitches and for the first time in his noteworthy career failed to make it out of the first inning.
How ugly was it? Well, he did record two outs — one via strikeout — but also allowed a pair of hits and most disturbingly walked three batters. For his career, he only averages three walks per nine innings, so you can see why there’s a red flag. Once behind the 8-ball, San Francisco was unable to rally against their former top prospect, right-hander Zack Wheeler, who was involved in the Carlos Beltran trade of 2011, and fell to the Mets, 7-2 .
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