Saturday, April 17, 2010
Now How Much Wood You Pay? Angels 6, Blue Jays 3
When I started listening to today's early east coast starter, I somehow managed to arrive just in time to hear Brandon Wood muff three straight plays in the third; and he's hitting less than a supermodel's weight. Fortunately, Joe Saunders didn't take it personally and managed to get out of the inning anyway; I was shocked to see Wood still in the game the next frame. About as horrible as anything I've seen, though I should mention that we haven't even seen a month of him as a starter. (Sean Rodriguez hasn't crossed the Mendoza line, either, but he would have made pretty good Brandon Wood insurance in case the latter flames out ... oh, well.)
Top 8th: Juan Rivera ripped a hard-hit single down the right-field line to make it 5-2 Angels. It was the first scoring either team has done in five innings. Not coincidentally, Saunders hadn't left the game, and he stays in entering the bottom of the frame.
Bottom 8th: With Toronto shortstop Alex Gonzalez on second with two outs, Adam Lind singled to center. Reggie Willits, getting the start in right, returned the ball slightly off-line to Mike Napoli. Gonzalez screwed up, too, failing to touch the plate — and Napoli tagged him for the last out. (Gonzalez actually caught Napoli's shin guard instead of the plate, though it was fairly close.)
Top 9th: The Angels got another insurance run off a Reggie Willits leadoff hustle double, and an RBI single from Howie Kendrick, making it 6-2 Angels. It looks like Mike Scioscia's bringing in Kevin Jepsen to finish the game.
Bottom 9th: That didn't last long. Jepsen surrendered consecutive doubles to Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay to make it 6-3 Angels; but Fernando Rodney, summoned to finish things for reals this time, held the Jays scoreless, retiring all three men he faced. The Halos pick up their first series win despite Wood's miscues (and another 0-fer day), and do it on the road, too.