Saturday, July 03, 2010
A Narrow Thing: Royals 2, Angels 1 (10 Innings)
The fact of Bloomquist's scoring the tying run in the top of the ninth proved to be only the opening volley in what became an Angels fail. The slap-hitter also ended up driving home the game's winning run against a hapless Scot Shields, who looks one or two batters away from either a DL stint or retirement.
All this was really sad, because Joe Saunders pitched quite a game otherwise, considering; and the Angels just couldn't convert their chances. A bad, foul night for all parties concerned in the Angels camp, and even despite some fairly good offensive performances by guys normally at the bottom of the lineup; the real problem was the 1-3 hitters going 1-for-13 at the top of the lineup.
Pointless save of the game:
Howie Kendrick's fine stop at the end of the eighth to end the Royals' threat.