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Ibanez Powers Angels past Nationals

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All eyes were on Mike Trout and Bryce Harper as the two competed against one another for the first time on Monday night when the Angels faced the Nationals at Nationals Park. The two young phenoms are considered by many to be the future of Major League Baseball but they both took the backseat Monday night to a 41-year old veteran. While Trout and Harper combined to go 2 for 8 with 0 RBI's, Angels outfielder Raul Ibanez stole the show by hitting a 3-run double in the 8th inning that broke a 1-1 tie and ultimately proved to be the difference in a 4-2 Angels victory.

Ibanez entered the game as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded and two outs in the 8th before hitting the bases clearing double off Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard who wound up with the loss to drop to (1-2) on the year. Nationals starter Tanner Roark pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings before being replaced by reliever Drew Storen. Washington's two runs came courtesy of Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond who each went 1-4.

Angels starter Garret Richards went 6 innings and allowed just one run on one hit but picked up a no-decision. Reliever Fernando Salas was awarded the win after retiring the Nationals in order in the 7th inning to improve to (1-0). Ernesto Frieri picked up his second save of the season after striking out Denard Span with a runner in scoring position to end the game. Albert Pujols, who is chasing 500 career home runs, went 0-5 on the night and remained with 498 career homers.

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