A big six-run sixth and a four-run seventh pretty much slayed the M's in their tracks yesterday. What blew me away was Ryan Rowland-Smith — I do have a soft spot in my heart for Aussies in the game — pitched an acceptable five innings, but it was the bullpen that thoroughly imploded, with Torii Hunter taking advantage to the tune of three RBIs. Incredibly, the Angels were the beneficiaries of ten
walks, a mark they had previously set 65 times
, the most ever being 14 on September 24, 2000 in Arlington
(a game they won 9-2) and May 8, 1976 vs. Cleveland
, which they won 4-3. Fun as those excursions are, it's worth noting that the Angels still lead the league in walks allowed
, and they have the record to prove it.
The recent trips through the dregs of the AL have helped the Angels above the .500 mark for only the second time this year, and two games over for the first time. It's imperative they beat the bad teams, of course, and Seattle is a truly wretched squad, especially offensively. Casey Kotchman and Rob Johnson, their seven and eight hole hitters respectively, started and ended the day with sub-Mendoza averages, and Chone Figgins and Milton Bradley are within hailing distance of that dubious mark.
Going back to the Toronto series, the Angels have won nine of their last twelve. That's pretty good, but it's still lousy squads.
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