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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Wait 'Til Next Year: Angels 5, A's 3

There's something about this A's team that scares me; it's a little like that room full of alien eggs near the derelict spaceship, and next thing you know, you've got a face-hugger using your chief engineer as a reproductive tract. The A's lost this one mainly because the Angels kept pecking them to death — starting with a Maicer Izturis leadoff first-pitch home run in the first — but Izzy either drove in or scored four of the Angels' five runs. Vlad actually drove in one of those runs, but he had to trade in an out to do it; is he coming back, ever?

Jon Garland had unquestionably his best game in an Angels uniform, striking out eight; he's only fanned eight or more four times in his career prior to tonight, and the last time was on August 30, 2003 against the Tigers in Detroit, a godawful team that ended the day 37 games out of first place and eventually finished 43-119, the worst team in my recent memory.

Jose Arredondo relieved Garland after the latter melted down in the top of the eighth, leaving a man on second with nobody out; Jose made his outs in succession and nobody crossed the plate on his watch. Frankie got a nervous save, allowing a solo homer to Jack Cust but no further runs (despite a hit and a walk). Another series win, if a bit scary toward the end, and the Angels stretch their winning streak to seven games.

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Garland's had three starts this year where he lasted longer and gave up fewer runs, but you think this was his best peformance? Just because he struck a bunch of guys out (thank you, shadow)?

He was great, but it's tough to say a 7+ inning, 2 run performance is better than eight shutout innings, let alone "unquestionably" better.
Yeah, I guess you have a point about the duration, but some part of me still wants to see the strikeouts.

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