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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Errors, LOBsters Don't Hurt: Angels 7, Phillies 1

It's a rare thing when you can say the Angels stranded 16 runners, had four errors, and none of that mattered, yet it's true because the Angels feasted on Phillies pitching, getting 17 hits, a season high; their last game with 17 or more hits was September 17, 2007 against the Rays. Vlad (3-for-5) and Howie (4-for-5) both had excellent nights at the plate, continuing the confirmation that their games are back on track.

Phillies starter Adam Eaton, whom I remembered from his days as a Padre, was just awful, with almost no command, walking three and giving up a half-dozen runs (all earned) on a dozen hits. It's interesting that he was originally drafted by the Phillies as a 1996 first-rounder; he left the Phold when the team traded him to get Andy Ashby and a couple of nobodies. Now that he's back, I wonder whether they regret it; he hasn't posted an ERA+ over 100 since his rookie year of 2000, but I guess that's what you get with him.

Ervin Santana, on the other hand, was a run short of brilliant, giving up only one run on two hits and striking out nine. The bullpen made it stand up, and even four Angel errors (two by Jeff Mathis, good grief) and Justin Speier couldn't blow this game.

Finally: one weird play in the top of the sixth, when Howie Kendrick hit what was ruled a ground rule double because the ball stuck under the outfield padding. It's not like the ball was irretrievable, and apparently a play earlier in the season (in the week?) had had this happen and the ball was considered to be in play. Whatever, it didn't affect the outcome.

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Ervin's "one run short of brilliance" was unearned just to note.
No, really, with four errors behind him, and one unearned run on two hits, we should just let the young man be brilliant. He was.

Santana's K:BB ratio on the season? 4:1.
not to mention that road band box he was pitching in. yep, my point.

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