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Angels see Red—-Sox again

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Apr 22 2011 @ 2:08 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | 1 Comment

I hate the Red Sox. From bad deals with them in the 70′s, to Dave Henderson in 1986, to their complete domination of the Halos throughout the playoffs and most regular seasons. No matter who is wearing that uniform, they play better once they play against the Angels. I just wasn’t happy to see the Angels, coming off a tough 3 game set against their division rivals from Texas, have to come home and play Boston.

On Paper, Josh Beckett .vs Tyer Chatwood seemed like a mismatch. However, Chatwood was up to the challenge, keeping the Sox off the scoreboard for 5 innings. He almost made it six, striking out Jason Varitek with two men on in that inning, but Jacoby Ellsbury dropped a single in front of Torii Hunter that scored 2. Chatwood is proving to be a fine big league starter. Tonight the rookie went 6 innings, giving up those 2 runs on 6 hits. The one glaring problem was the 5 walks he allowed, which could be a case of nerves. From Redlands East Valley to facing the Red Sox has to be daunting.

The Angels offense was put to sleep by Beckett, who no hit the Halos for 5 innings. Erick Aybar finally broke up the no no when he beat out a high chopper. Aybar finished with a couple hits. Nice to see him get going again

The Angels runs came on one swing of the bat. Torii Hunter jerked a Beckett offering high over the center field wall, for his 4th home run of the season, tying the game at 2.

After Chatwood departed, the game was hande over to thethe Angels bullpen, which pitched well until the 11th inning. Takahashi, Rodney and Walden pitched 3 innings of no hit, no run ball. Rich Thompson pitched a scoreless 10th inning, but the Red Sox touched him for 2 runs in the 11th.

Beckett went 8 innings and then handed the ball over to his pen. The blueprint for Boston was make sure the starter goes 6 innings, then hand the ball to Josh Bard, Bobby Jenks and Jonathan Papelbon. Perfect planning tonight. Beckett 1st thru 8th, Bard 9th, Jenks 10th, Papelbon 11th. Angels line score after the 8th inning: 1 hit, 2 strikeouts, including Kendriicks whiff to end the game.

Oh yeah. The Red Sox stole 3 bases on Hank Conger tonight, but did you see the throw he made to get Ellsbury? It was a bullet. And the best thing was, it was actually thrown to Aybar and not Bourjos in center field.

I’d like to think the Angels can get more than 4 hits tomorrow, but the Boston mystique will probably not allow that to happen.

Man I hate the Red Sox

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