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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Sloppy Angels Split Yankees Series: Yankees 14, Angels 9

The Angels had plenty of opportunities in this one to win it, but four errors proved costly. Gary Matthews, Jr. in the seventh misplayed a hard running catch of Derek Jeter's long fly; and then three errors in the eighth sealed the Angels' fate. Erick Aybar botched Melky Cabrera's possible 6-4-3 double play ball, Jeff Mathis let one sail on a double steal, and Chone Figgins let A-Rod reach.

The Rev is blaming GMJ for this game and there's a lot to merit that kind of discussion, but when three other Angels have sloppy days, it's hard to let them off the hook, too. Also, Lackey threw 120 pitches in his July 29 complete game. The last time he did that was in his June 29 outing against the Dodgers, when he went 8.2 innings and needed Frankie's help to get out of a self-created jam. The very next game, July 5 vs. Toronto, he got shelled for six runs, five earned. Part of this game is on Mike Scioscia for giving in to Lackey in the Boston series and letting him try for the CG, even though he eventually got it.

There were a lot of good things to come out of this one, though, the main good being the boys swinging the bats well even minus Torii Hunter and Vlad Guerrero. Mark Teixeira hit his first homer as an Angel, a two-out grand slam in the top of the eighth off of ex-Angel prospect Edwar Ramirez. No matter how you slice it, the Angels finish with a split against the Yanks in their home, a sweep at Fenway, and take the series from Baltimore for a fine, winning road trip.

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