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Friday, May 23, 2008

For Hokie Joe, HR+2 HBP=8-1: Angels 3, White Sox 1

The knock on Gavin Floyd is that his command can disintegrate at the drop of a hat, and so it did tonight, just enough for the Angels to get a win off him. The three run fifth included a Torii Hunter solo shot to left center, which seemed to unhinge Gavin; he got Kotchman on a foulout to first (and a nice catch by Nick Swisher to make the play), but then he walked Mike Napoli on four pitches. That was Gavin's cue to really fell apart, with Robb Quinlan singling and Sean Rodriguez working a walk. The next two batters, Maicer Izturis and Gary Matthews, Jr. got plunked to drive in runs, and when was the last time that happened? I can't tell you, because I don't have a database set up yet for Retrosheet play-by-play data.

Hokie Joe, whose start yesterday was scratched because of flu-like symptoms, held up admirably through eight and a third, only allowing one baserunner to get to third, that in the first. K-Rod came in after Saunders allowed a leadoff single to Orlando Cabrera and got A.J. Pierzynski to ground out. His save was another of the scary kind — he allowed Cabrera to score, breaking up the shutout — but he held up his end of the deal. Another victory for Hokie Joe, who goes 8-1 on the season, and Frankie picked up his American League-leading 20th save.

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