Sweet mother of Babe Ruth, how did the Angels survive this one? Joe Saunders was staked to early leads of 4-1 and then 6-1, and then proceeded to cough back three more runs in the top of the fourth, and all without the help of Ichiro. As I mentioned last night
, nobody in the lineup not named Ichiro has a batting average over .260, and thus again tonight, and the Angels still
barely won, what with Justin Smoak clobbering the ball for a triple shy of the cycle; and Josh Bard ripped a solo blast in the seventh off Kevin Jepsen to tie things up. That there was an apparently disputed third strike non-call by home plate umpire Bob Davidson was really immaterial, as Jepsen seems to be a sort of slot machine for opposition dingers. Leave him in long enough, and bad things happen.
Juan Rivera's solo homer untied the game, and was that for scoring. Brian Fuentes walked the first batter he faced, lefty Ryan Langerhans, but faced the minimum by getting Josh Bard to bounce into a double play, and Jack Wilson to strike out. It was a win, but I really expected better from this team, I really did.
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