Coming off a tense showdown in Texas, I expected the Angels to take a little step back in Seattle, and they did just that. They lost 5-3, and now trail the idle Rangers by 3.5 games in the AL West.
Every time I watch Joel Pineiro pitch, I feel like I am at the circus watching the guy walk the high wire. I don’t want him to fall, but I can’t take my eyes off him. Pineiro gives up about a hit, or walk, an inning, so he is always in trouble. He did that last night, but when he left the game was tied at 3, and the Angels had a shot.
Unfortunately, the Halos bullpen is horrible right now, so I knew how the game was gonna turn out. Right on cue, Hisanori Takahashi grooved one to Mike Carp, who knocked it in to the seats. On a good note, Ryan Thompson did get one out. Yes, he only faced one guy, but he did get him out.
See that blast by Mark Trumbo? He almost went upper deck in Safeco, a notorious pitchers park. His 24th of the season tied the game at 2. With 8 more home runs, Trumbo would own the Angels record for most home runs hit by a rookie. Add in his 73 RBI, and .258 BA, and I think he should win the Rookie of the year award.
The Halos did pound out 9 hits, but only 3 came after the 5th inning. Almost a replay from the night before in Texas.
How many people think Dustin Ackley is gonna hit .300 every year? Man that kid can hit. I still don’t know why the Angels pitched to him with Ichiro in scoring position, and 2 out, in the 5th inning. Ackley’s triple tied the game at 3. I would have taken my chances with Mike Carp, who bounced out after Ackley.
I wonder if Chone Figgin’s days in Seattle are numbered? Figgins has been on the disabled list since the beginning of August, but was only hitting .188 anyhow.
How many good pitchers does the Rangers system have? Blake Beavan and Josh Lueke are 2 guys the Rangers are gonna wish they had back years from now. In that Cliff Lee deal, Justin Smoak was supposed to be the keeper, but it looks like Beavan could be the best of the bunch. Beavan has a 2.54 ERA against the Halos in his only 3 starts against them.
Let’s see……Erick Aybar has a 9 game hitting streak, while Vernon Wells has an 8 game streak. I feel bad for Hank Conger, who hasn’t played much since being recalled from Salt Lake. So far, Conger is hitless in 8 at bats.
The Angels are now 8-5 against the M’s this year. Tonight they’ll see a guy, Anthony Vasquez, who they have never see before. Vasquez beat Cleveland in his Major League debut 7 days ago.
The Angels will counter with Jerome Williams, making his 2nd start with the Angels, when he was lights out against Baltimore. However, Texas got him for 4 runs in 1+ innings last Friday. That was coming out of the pen though. Maybe he just feels more comfortable as a starter. The Angels better hope, because they don’t want to keep losing ground to the Rangers.
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.