Friday, August 24, 2007
Still One Game: Angels 3, Blue Jays 0
The Angels jumped on Roy Halladay early for two runs, part of a pattern the announcers informed us wherein he produces a pedestrian .320/.376/.390 line against in first innings, but settles down thereafter (with a notable bump in the third, .352/.366/.509). Reggie Willits had a leadoff single in the first, which, given his abysmal .232 average in August, came as a refreshing tonic. He eventually scored on Vlad's RBI single up the middle, and Vlad was cashed in on a Maicer Izturis single.
Thus things stayed until the seventh, when Howie Kendrick reached on an infield single and Orlando Cabrera drove him home from third. The lead thus extended, the Angels pulled the by-then exhausted Jered Weaver from the scene and replaced him with Scot Shields. Shields immediately betrayed us by surrendering a pinch-hit leadoff double to Matt Stairs, but promptly settled down to retire the next three batters in order. A good thing, too, because while Shields struck out Reed Johnson and Lyle Overbay without anything too momentous happening in their at-bats, he gave up a wild pitch in Alex Rios' turn that easily got the slow-running Stairs to third. It didn't matter, as it happened, since Rios grounded out to short, though the play at first was fairly close.
No less we praise in better days the fine return outing of Kendry Morales, who blasted a solid double to center in the fourth in his second at-bat. Never mind that Johnson briefly had his glove on the ball; from where we sat, it looked like contact was much more fleeting than the radio announcers made it sound. He also walloped a rocket caught at the wall by Vernon Wells, and hit a line-drive single to right. Kendry was on a tear when he left Salt Lake, and he doesn't look like he's stopping for anything or anybody, previous Cy Young awards or no.
It's too bad. You used to be interesting to read until you turned into such a whiner.
You can go ahead and delete this one, too.