Thursday, June 3, 2010

June 3, 2003 the Anaheim Angels beat the Montreal Expos 15-4 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ramon Ortiz pitched 6 innings for the win, evening his record at 5-5 for the year and the Angels would club 6 home runs in the game. Jeff DaVanon went 3-6, scoring 3 and knocking in 3 with 2 home runs; Tim Salmon was 2-4 with a home run; Troy Glaus was 3-4, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI's and a home run; Garret Anderson went 4-4, 2 runs, 4 RBI's and a home run and Bengie Molina would also homer, going 4-5 with 3 RBI's. Bengie Molina and his backup catcher, younger brother Jose, would be able to go back to their homeland in Puerto Rico and play in front of family and friends for this series. Jose Molina would also get an at bat in the game which was played on his 28th birthday. Bengie would sign with the Angels as a non-drafted free agent in 1993, make his MLB debut in 1998 and become the Angels' full time catcher in 2000, and remain there until 2005. Bengie Molina would win gold gloves in 2002 and 2003 while with the Angels and known to be a contact hitter he would record the highest at-bats in between strike outs in the American League in 2000 at 14.3. Jose Molina would sign with the Angels at the beginning of 2001 and remain with the team through the 2007 season.

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