Thursday, August 13, 2009
The Ass-Kicking Will Continue Until Morales Improves*: Angels 10, Rays 5
Morning after update: And I forgot Kendry Morales' epic 12-pitch at-bat in the seventh that ended with him getting credited with an infield single to short and an RBI (yes, the Yahoo box score has it wrong), though two runs scored on the play. Shortstop Jason Bartlett's only play, from deep in the hole, was to third, and he threw wildly, allowing both Chone Figgins and Erick Aybar to score. It wasn't quite as excellent an at-bat as Alex Cora's epic 18-pitch at-bat against Cubs starter Matt Clement, which ended in a home run; but it had salubrious effects nonetheless.
It's too bad you missed the first four innings. Bell did better than his line score showed. Very efficient, first pitch strikes, better than two to one strike-ball ratio. His first three innings were very sharp. Seemed unafraid, and the two dingers he gave up to the league's top homerun hitter (in a day game when even GMJ hit one out) weren't exactly meatballs. I liked that he went after Pena, even if he lost. He gives up very few HRs overall, so I think this is just a 'lesson learned' moment. I've seen far worse debuts. This one was actually pretty promising.