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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Angels Win A Series! Angels 6, Blue Jays 5

As we rapidly deplete May, the Angels finally won their fourth series of the month, there being nine total in the month, the Detroit series notwithstanding. One of those was a sweep of the short series against the White Sox in U.S. Cellular. If this team's going to come around, they need to start taking care of business. As bad as I perceived April to be, May has been even more brutal to the Angels, as their current 11-14 record on the month attests. As in April, they could finish the month a .500 team, but they will have to win out against the Mariners to do it, facing, in order, Cliff Lee, Ian Snell, and Felix Hernandez.

Which is to say I think they're about where they ought to be in the standings. The 26-20 Rangers are four games up, the A's 24-23, and the 23-26 Angels are still within sight of the division if they can shake up their bullpen.

But back to the specifics of the game. The Jays got an early 3-0 lead when Joel Piniero suddenly lost his command, and started walking guys, fairly uncharacteristically for him:

"It's weird, because I wasn't getting hit around. It was just the walks," Pineiro said. "(Catcher) Jeff Mathis was telling me: `What are you doing? The ball is moving so much.' I couldn't control it. Maybe I was just guiding it so much. But after that inning I kind of settled down and all of my pitches came around. Then I was back to being myself again."
But he didn't do it again, fortunately for the Angels. His offense got him off the hook for his misdeeds in the fourth and fifth innings, with Howie Kendrick, Bobby Abreu, and Michael Ryan doing the heavy lifting.

The Halos got what should have been the winning runs on Hideki Matsui's two-run jack in the sixth — his first in almost two weeks, and only his second on the month. But then came Brian Fuentes and Bobby Abreu's misplay of Alex Gonzalez' fly in the outfield that ended with Gonzalez on second, and ultimately, tying the game when John Buck singled him home. It amounted to Fuentes' third blown save of the year, and given he only has six, that's an awfully rickety closer you have there, Mr. Scioscia. Luckily for the Angels, Fuentes' ultimately led to an Angels win, as Abreu drove in the winning run on a bases loaded single in the bottom of the frame. But what a way to get a win.

ESPN BoxAngels recap

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