Well Angel fans, to be blunt, this one hurt.. it hurt real bad. What should have been an Angel victory turned into defeat after home plate umpire Rick Reed (this year’s version of Doug Eddings) first didn’t call Nick Green’s check swing on a two strike pitch as the third strike, and second, on the same at bat, didn’t call a 3-2 fastball for strike 3 (which replays clearly showed was well inside ESPN’s strike zone). As a result, Green walked, forcing in the tying run. The next batter, Alex Gonzalez, drove in the winning run on a bloop single to left, giving the Sox the victory. I am very curious to see what, if any discipline Reed gets for this blatant missed call. Gotta love home cooking if you’re a Red Sox fan….
The Angels can get some sort of silver lining out of this loss. This loss, especially combined with the fact that the Angels had and lost the lead 3 separate times, should bode them well in the playoffs. They just got a chance to experience utter heartbreak, only this time, it’s during the regular season and not during the playoffs. Hopefully this will be all they need and to start playing better baseball, as tonight again, the defense let down the starting pitcher, and twice the team couldn’t cash in on bases loaded and less than two out situations.
The loss takes the club to 0-3 so far on this crucial road trip, but thank goodness Texas forgot how to hit a baseball, as the Rangers have lost 3 in a row as well, to keep the Angels lead at 6 games. I don’t know exactly what wise words Mike Scioscia can deliver to his team after tonight’s loss, but something needs to be done to turn this team around, and this needs to be done quick.
Vladimir Guerrero was hit by former Dodger Takashi Saito in the ribs with a crisp fastball in the 6th, and had to leave the game an inning later with what the club called a bruised ribcage and is listed day to day. I think fair retalitation would be for a certain steroid user, Mr. David Ortiz, to feel the same pain tomorrow in his first at bat. The Angels need to show that they’re not going to be pushed around, especially by these Red Sox.
The Angels get to face Josh Beckett and his fancy necklace tomorrow, and the Halos will give the ball to Ervin Santana. A strong start by Santana will help any chances he has to get a start in this year’s post season.
I know this loss was tough to swallow Angel fans – hopefully tomorrow goes better.
Until next time Angel fans.