Purgatory Online

Friday, June 06, 2003

Where have you gone, Troy Percival? Last night's 14-inning loss was the first time since Percival was sent to the DL that they truly needed him. Callaway blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the inning, virtually sealing his doom: when Percy returns tomorrow, Callaway will probably be sent down.

It was a sloppy, sloppy game; the Angels lost because they won the race to commit the most mistakes, but it was damn close. The Expos let the Angels back into the game in the eight and ninth, and then the Angels blew a couple of opportunities to pull ahead in extra innings - most notably in the 12th, when, with men on first and second and nobody out, Scott Spiezio was inexplicably not bunting and ending up popping out to the catcher (the next batter, Garret Anderson, flied out to center, which would easily have scored a runner from third). Shields, Donnelly, and Rodriguez all pitched very effectively in relief, and Lackey's start was marred only by a four-run meltdown in the third, aside from which he pitched five scoreless innnings.

Tonight, the Angels will go from muggy Puerto Rico to muggy Miami, where they'll open the last leg of this four-city road trip. Kevin Appier, who's pitched well in four of his last five starts, will get the ball for the Halos.