So I am not enjoying tonight’s game, when my phone buzzes. A text? Who would be texting me right now, during the one game the Angels have to win? I breeze over to my phone, and notice 2 words that shook me to the core. Go A’s! It’s my friend, and die hard A’s fan, Scott. Why, why, why I ask myself, would be do that to me? Than I remember. He’s a die hard A’s fan.
Tonight the A’s did go. They went and beat the Halos 3-1, all but ending any chance of a postseason appearance by our guys from Anaheim, or LA. They can’t win the division anymore. The Angels loss gave the division to the Rangers. No surprise there, as the Rangers are the better team. So now it all about the wildcard. It would be one of the greatest miracles baseball, or all of sports, has ever seen if the Angels can overcome a 3.5 game deficit with 5 to play.
I could blame the Angels offensive woes on flying across country last night, but I won’t. The Angels have have had all season to fix their struggles with the bat, and they haven’t. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that they are struggling once again.
The Angels finally broke their 13 inning scoreless streak in the 7th inning Friday. Torii Hunter smacked an opposite field shot that almost hit his ToriiTown sign. Everybody else on the Angels is already on vacation. Howard Kendrick has had a number of key hits this year, but when they needed one on Friday he didn’t come through. His fly out with the bases loaded in the 8th was killer. The funny thing was, he was behind the fastball thrown by Grant Balfour. It was a 3-2 pitch, what was he looking for?
It was a double whammy for Jered Weaver. Not only did he lose for the 8th time this year, but he won’t win 20 games either. Jemile Weeks leadoff home run on Weavers 3rd pitch of the game, put the Angels behind the 8 ball early. With Garrett Richards giving up a home run on the final pitch he threw on Thursday, the last 4 pitches thrown by the Halos left the park.
Do feel bad for Scioscia. He had to leave Weaver in the game. If he had any type of consistent bullpen, Weaver would have been out of the game in the 9th, and never allowed David DeJesus home run. Scioscia is about winning, and not about individual awards. Remember, he took John Lackey out of a playoff game 2 years ago when he was pitching great.
The Angels still can’t solve Gio Gonzalez. He is an upper echelon pitcher, who eventually will be pitching in New York (He’s from New York, and wants to go home eventually). All game, I mean all season, the Halo announcers say that Gonzalez walks a lot of batters, so the Angels should be patient. Do they watch the Angels? These guys are the freest swingers this side of Tarzan and Jane. Gonzalez could throw a bunch in the dirt and the Halos would be swinging from their heels. He did that, and they were.
Jerome Williams gets the ball tomorrow. The announcers said it’ll be the biggest game for Williams in some time. Some time? How about first time. Well, I’m sure he pitched a whopper of a game in the Pony League championship.
Great turn out, and cheering by the fans. Great to see the stadium full. I know you were all there to watch the game, and didn’t give a damn about the fireworks.
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.