Cesar Hernandez

Angels just keep pecking away at .500 with series sweep over Phillies

Angels just keep pecking away at .500 with series sweep over Phillies

This week’s schedule is sympathetic to the Angels, and to overcome the four teams they’re chasing in the American League wild-card hunt, they must take advantage. They’re hosting the Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics, two of the few teams on the Angels’ 2017 schedule who have already ceded this season.

Until Thursday, the Angels had not recorded a series sweep since mid-May, which happened to be the last time they played a team that had no shot at the playoffs. They did it then to the Chicago White Sox, and they did it again against the Phillies. After big wins earlier in the week, they mounted an eighth-inning comeback for a 5-4 victory at Angel Stadium to move within one...

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