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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hobson's Choice: A's 5, Angels 3

This game was a microcosm of what's been wrong with the Angels pitching, and to some degree, reflected by Mike Scioscia's call to pull Dan Haren in the seventh. With the rotation scuffling, the call to the bullpen might have been justified had the bullpen been doing better of late. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, and Kevin Jepsen did what he has been so infamous for, blowing the game wide open in the eighth. You can't DFA the whole Angels bullpen, yet it seems like it's a good idea if something better comes along.

Pleasant surprise: Vernon Wells homering in the ninth, a solo shot that didn't affect the game thanks to the Jepsen crater. Aybar and Kendrick in the 1-2 holes were both 0-fers, while Kendry Morales proved he can hit (yay) but can't run (boo), trying to leg out a double from a single. His feet are still quite slow (Ken Arneson on Twitter wrote that he's "as slow as a Molina"). Ouch.

ESPN BoxAngels recap

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