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It’s a dicey situation for the Angels
Posted By Bill Mahoney On Apr 24 2011 @ 3:58 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments
The Angels still cannot solve the boys from beantown, now dropping the first 3 games of their 4 game series. Friday’s game was at least competitive. The Angels spotted the Sox a 4 run lead, which is never good when Jon Lester pitches. I do like, and respect Lester, who battled, and beat cancer, a few years ago. Anyhow, with the Sox already up 1-0, the Angels had a miscommunication that shouldn’t have happened, but did. Howard Kendrick chased a pop fly in to center field. When he realized he couldn’t grab it, Bourjos made a belated effort to get it, but the ball bounced off his glove for a 2-base error. Bourjos has to call off Kendrick, that is his ball. As he gets more established, he will, but that didn’t help him Friday.
Being around the White Sox as much as I have, I know Bobby Jenks. Jenks didn’t have his good stuff Friday, allowing the Angels 2 hits and 2 runs in his one inning of work. He might want to get together with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and work on heir signs. Jenks threw one wild pitch, and one passed ball. The P-B was somewhat funny, as Saltalamacchia couldn’t find the ball, actually doing a twirly at home plate. He finally realized that the ball was at the backstop, but it was too late, as Bobby Abreu came all the way around from 2nd to score the Halos 3rd run of the game. In all my years of watching baseball, I have never seen that play.
One guy who did have his good stuff was Jonathan Papelbon. The Sox closer, for the umpteenth time, mowed down the Angels, striking out Kendrick to end things. For the 2nd straight night, Kendrick made the final out. I’m sure he liked that.
Just wasn’t fair to Dan Haren, who pitched well enough to win his 5th game, but he was done in by his defense. I know that won’t happen many times this season.
Saturday, the Angels rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes. Dice K Matsuzaka, who pitched a 1-hitter in his last start, did the same against the Angels. The Angels haven’t had much success against the Japanese import, but tonight was embarrassing.
The Angels might have been no hit if Dice K doesn’t deflect Alberto Callaspo’s ball to shortstop Jed Lowrie, who was unable to make the play.
Remember when Dice K came to this country, he was supposed to throw the gyroball. He may have thrown that tonight, ’cause the Halos wee swing at air most of the evening. Not the same for Ervin Santana, who was hit around for the 3rd straight time. This time Boston collected 11 hits and 5 runs off the Angels righty. Red Sox won 5-0
Good news for the Angels, or a mirage? Jason Bulger pitched 2 innings of scoreless ball.
Teams seem to be stealing at will against the Angels. 3 more tonight. Is it the pitchers not holding runners on, or the catchers not making a strong throw? That has to get corrected.
The Red Sox got for the sweep tomorrow. Come on Angels, lets get one.
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