Just when I thought the Angels were dead in the water, Bobby Abreu, or Mister clutch, came through with a bases clearing double to tie the game against the Rays at 3.
If the Angels had any clutch hitting whatsoever, they would have been way ahead, and not needed Abreu’s double in the 8th inning. Anyhow, they could have taken the lead in the 8th, but rookie Mark Trumbo popped out with Abreu at 3rd. Then, my favorite player, Vernon Wells, came to the plate. Shockingly, he couldn’t hit the ball thrown over his head, striking out. Please people, boo that guy, would ya. Polite claps for a guy who has been a huge let down since the season started is absolutely asinine.
Back to the Angels and RISP. The Halos are hitting .167 with the bases loaded this year. Torii Hunter could have raised that average a tad, but bounced in to a double play in the 5th inning.
Loved that Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza announced the game outside in the stands. They will need to find a treadmill after the game since they put down at least 5000 calories. That’s what cheese nachos and cheese hot dogs will do for ya.
I met Gubicza a couple years ago in Detroit. He is a big man, he actually didn’t fit too well in the broadcast booth. Boy did he stink when he was with the Halos. Yes, it was the end of his career, and he had a sore arm, but he was awful. Not Wells awful, but still awful.
I love that the Angels are bringing back a part of their past by having ex-players throw out the first pitch. Dean Chance, Jim Abbott, Chris Knapp & Lance Mulliniks all seemed happy to be in Anaheim. Up steps John Candeleria. The Candy man seemed rather bitter. Doesn’t watch baseball, hates today’s players, etc, etc. He should be pissed off for not shutting down the Red Sox after the Angels went back to Boston with a 3-2 series lead in 1986. Or maybe he should be mad at Don Sutton, who called the cops on Candeleria after he had a few beers after a game in the 80′s. Ahh, nothing like a teammate getting you a DUI.
Hank Conger is realizing the adjustments big league pitchers make. He was hitting .300 on May 8th. He is hitting .232 just one month later. I believe he has a big future, I juts don’t think it begins this year. I never thought I’d say this, EVER!, but Jeff Mathis will probably start assuming most of the catching duties soon.
Like most young guys, Conger, Trumbo, Bourjos, are very inpatient. Rarely, with guys on base, do they take a pitch. Most of the time they swing at the first pitch, no matter the location. That should get better as their careers progress.
10th inning, Fernando Rodney pitching. Walk, squibber single, John Jaso steals 3rd as Callaspo drops ball, squeeze play, out, out. This from a guy who hasn’t pitched in 9 days.
Bottom 10th, Kyle Farnsworth pitching. Out, walk, out, out. This from a guy who has pitched in 3 consecutive days. Whatever.
Angels lose 4-3 in 10 innings. That is their 9th extra innings loss, which, I believe, leads all of baseball.
BTW: Played MLB ’10 on my PSP 3 and hit 4 straight home runs off Farnsworth.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.