Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Streakbuster: Indians 7, Angels 4
He was off by one, as Lackey imploded for five runs in the fifth. As far as offense, it's not like the Angels feared to tread on the basepaths; they stranded nine runners, four left in scoring position. As Mike Scioscia said later,
"Paul pitched like he did for us last year. He changed speeds and he used his defense," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He made some pitches to get off the hook, but that play [Casey] Blake made was huge."Blake apparently snagged a Chone Figgins liner screaming down the right field side; had it landed fair, Figgins would have likely tripled.
And so Lackey's streak ended, as did the Angels'. Juan Rivera came up with yet another homer, his eighth of the month. If you're looking for obscure good news, J.C. Romero went an inning and two-thirds without anybody scoring, somehow; Donnelly did not, and Kevin Gregg posted a scoreless ninth himself. Tomorrow is another day, and another series against the worst the AL Central has to offer, Kansas City.