Saturday, May 29, 2010
Mister Lee: Mariners 8, Angels 3
Scott Kazmir, the man that causes us to look with one eye akimbo at Sean Rodriguez in the Rays' organization, just blew chunks from the third on, as if it were batting practice. Tony Reagins must wonder what he's done to justify such an awful misreading, and you even start to fantasize about the genesis of this trade; was it a senior dementia moment of Bill Stoneman's that went unchecked?
Chone Figgins finally did something useful for the M's on his new, and strangely obscene already, contract, scoring a pair. Franklin Gutierrez caused a fair amount of trouble, too, but perhaps the other side was more enlightening, or disappointing. Scot Shields, bad from almost the first of his warmup tosses (I distinctly recall one bouncing to the backstop followed by another over Mike Napoli's head), found his just deserts shortly thereafter, surrendering a first-pitch double down the left field line to Rob Johnson, a man who owns a grand total of five extra-base hits all year. Shields is heading towards retirement faster than I thought possible.
With this loss, the Angels are now guaranteed a losing May, and a losing season by the end of the month.