Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Vlad The Impaler: Angels 8, Rangers 2
Well: as I write this, the M's are ahead of the A's, 7-2 in the 8th. Update: final score, Mariners 7, Athletics 2.
The A's blogs will be, um, interesting.
I really had no hopes, going into September, of the Angels catching up to the A's. But thanks to an A's rotation collapse on top of an already weak bullpen, the A's are stumbling to the finish line. As well, offensive mainstay 3B Eric Chavez is barely hitting in September (.234/.309/.360). Watching the Dodgers unravel tonight -- they're down 4-0 after Milton Bradley dropped a routine fly ball -- I have some sympathy for that.
But not as long as the Angels have a shot. Which they do.
Back to the game: Vladdy with two homers, D-Mac with one, Anderson slugging one -- and Escobar finally, finally, gets some run support after pitching another brilliant game.
And tomorrow: the Rangers will be back four -- if the M's can hold their lead -- with an elimination number of two. They're sending Kameron Loe against Washburn; Loe first appeared September 26 when he pitched 2.2 innings in relief of starter Ryan Drese, who got chased early in a six-run pounding by the resurgent Mariners.
We can expect they'll fight like tigers (opposite Tigers).
But. This is so not over.