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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Stupid Baserunning + Lousy Pitching = Another Texas Loss: Rangers 9, Angels 7

Partly as a consequence of not one but two power outages at the office, I wasn't able to pay close attention to this game, and I'm glad I didn't; Weaver was uncharacteristically bad, although you could argue that a flyball pitcher in Texas is like an armadillo on an Arlington highway: roadkill waiting to happen. The Angels' inspiring-but-not-quite-enough comeback in the ninth was more than made up for by Justin Speier's surrendering of a two-run jack to Hank Blalock.

About the only thing worse to see was Torii Hunter wincing during his at-bat in the top of the ninth; he appeared to be clutching at his belt, which could be a really serious sports hernia of some kind. Let's hope it isn't.

Vlad must never attempt to steal a base this season, again. I didn't see Chone Figgins leadoff auto-erasure to lead off the ninth, trying to stretch a double into a triple, but from the radio call, it sounded like a really stupid maneuver.

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Figgins perhaps makes more boneheaded plays than any Angel player I've seen, both in the field and on the bases. His "Baseball IQ" is pretty low.
 

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