Sigh, well, the Angels went out with a whimper as they were man handled by the Red Sox over a three game set. Jered Weaver got it done and Scott Shields got it done, but the rest of the pen just collapsed. And one run isn’t going to cut it.
As good as the Angels are, they have their share of question marks so it’ll be an interesting offseason. A-Rod has to be on the top of their list but he might not even be a free agent. Barry Bonds brings his pros and cons as well so things won’t end with the Angels loss.
Well, you can argue with the situation. Our best pitcher (at least reliever) was in there he just failed against a future Hall of Famer. Manny Ramirez took Francisco Rodriguez deep with a three run shot as the Angels fell to 2-0 deficit in their best of five game series with the Red Sox.
Kelvim Escobar got off to a rough start and the Angels tagged him for two in the first inning. The Angels then answered with three in the second and took their first and only lead of the game. Jeff Mathis drove in a run with a sac. fly and then Chone Figgins and Orlando Cabrera belted back to back RBI doubles to make it a 3-2 game. Escobar gave up a run in the fifth and then neither team scored until K-Rod gave up the Ramirez homer in the bottom of the ninth.
Garrett Anderson was the only Angels hitter with two hits. And it was Justin Speier who actually took the loss because the first base runner to score in the ninth was an inherited one that Speier gave up. Tomorrow, it’ll all be up to Jered Weaver to keep the Angels hopes alive. The Red Sox will have veteran Curt Schilling throwing for them.
Game one was a complete disaster as the Angels bats were completely held in check by 20 game winner Josh Beckett. Vlad Guerrero was the only guy to really have a game and he managed just two singles. Nobody drew a walk and Garrett Anderson had a particularly tough game with two strikeouts.
John Lackey had a tough and he was mostly damaged by a pair of homers that resulted in three of the four Angels runs. He gave up four runs in all on nine hits and two walks with four strikeouts in seven innings. Ervin Santana was very effective and he gave up just two hits in two perfect innings of relief.
Kelvim Escobar is roughed up but he gets the start on Friday. The Angels will have to contend with another tough Red Sox starter with Dice-K getting the ball.
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