Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Not Taking It Seriously: A's 3, Angels 2
Dear Frankie:Unreal. I was out and mostly ignoring this one after Jered Weaver gave up a run, only to get back in it with a pair in the top of the ninth on the strength of a Mark Teixeira two-run homer. In comes Frankie, who gives up a single to Daric Barton (compounded by Gary Matthews, Jr.'s bone-headed throw to push him to second), a four-pitch walk to offensive zero Jack Hannahan, and a ridiculous throwing error on Cliff Pennington's sac bunt attempt that allowed both those baserunners to score. In all, Frankie got zero outs — the first time in his career he's ever done that — and looked as lame as I've ever seen him.
Enjoy your big dollar contract this offseason, no matter who that happens to be with. After this crappy outing, I really don't care whether it's with the Angels.
So much of the team was banged up it stopped being funny. Torii Hunter, according to the radio broadcast, took a foul ball off his face in batting practice and ended up a late scratch for GMJ. Garret Anderson was the only regular in the outfield, and while Erick Aybar did go 1-for-3 at leadoff (Chone Figgins again was unavailable for anything other than pinch-running duties), Scioscia yanked him for Brandon Wood late in the game.
Way to go, guys. Way to go. I know, it's only one game. But given how vital home field advantage is going to be this year, I begin to wonder whether the Angels are capable of winning that. They need to get healthy; more, they need to stop making these kinds of stupid mistakes.
I've never known the feeling, but do some fans actually feel optimistic going into the playoffs?