Saturday, June 06, 2009
A (Nose)bleeder And A Groundout: Angels 2, Tigers 1
Not to say that it was all roses and rainbows; the Angels squandered the few opportunities they had against Justin Verlander, failing to advance Bobby Abreu from first with one out in the first, unable to get Chone Figgins in from second with one out in the third, Kendrick erasing himself at second on a caught stealing to end the fifth, Bobby Abreu caught napping and getting picked off second in the sixth, and finally, Vlad hitting into a double play with one out and men on the corners in the eighth — on the first pitch.
But for the second night running, Howard Kendrick redeemed himself by pushing across a vital insurance run. This time, it was in the top of the ninth, hacking a chopper off the plate so high that the only play was to first. The first run came on a Juan Rivera single earlier in the frame, but it turned out that Kendrick's run was the difference, because Santana gave up a run in the bottom of the frame on a single to Magglio Ordonez. That brought in Brian Fuentes, who did manage to save the game by getting Curtis Granderson to foul out to Figgins, the latter making an acrobatic catch in the stands.
So that would be three straight the Angels have won in a row; one more and they can equal their longest win streak of the year, a four-game stretch from May 7 through May 10 against Toronto and Kansas City.
Welcome back, Ervin.
He needs to be looked at.