The results are hard to argue with. Hitting second on Friday night, Hunter drove in six runs on two home runs and a single. It was the 17th multi-homer game of his career, and the sixth time he's had as many RBIs.
"The way he performed yesterday in the two-hole, we want to keep that look," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "Torii is a guy who'll work some counts, he runs well, he creates offense. He's not a traditional two-hole hitter, but I think having him in front of Albert [Pujols] and Mark [Trumbo] is something that can work."
Each of Hunter's three hits came with leadoff hitter Mike Trout on base. Trout had three hits himself, and also was hit by a pitch. A threat to steal -- two yesterday and 11 on the year -- Trout makes sure pitchers pay him plenty of attention, which can open things up for Hunter at the plate."It's always good when I'm on and he's up," Trout said.
Hunter followed up his performance by going 3-for-4 with three runs scored on Saturday.