Purgatory Online

Saturday, April 10, 2004

I don't get it. The Angels lived up to their part of the bargain, kindly surrendering twelve runs to the Rangers. So why this knife in the back, this inexplicable failure on the part of the Texas ballclub to fork over their seventeen runs in return? What, are they yella? Chicken? Hey, Rangers: buck-buck-buck-AWK!

Seriously, that just sucked. From my perch in the second deck, I had no way of seeing how well Ortiz was pitching, but the results seem to speak for themselves, even taking into account the fact that the Rangers are a very good hitting team: 2.2 innings pitched, 9 hits, 7 earned runs. Sele made his first appearance from the bullpen, and was only a marginal improvement: 3.1 IP, 8 hits, 5 earned runs, and he allowed two inherited runners to score. Even the hitting was disappointing - after a promising beginning, they were more or less shut down by R.A. Dickey, and Tim Salmon seems to be mired in the April funk to end all April funks. Unlike Erstad, who at least has hit the ball hard occasionally, Salmon just isn't making good contact. The Angels have suffered through this before, of course, but if he can't hit it here, he can't hit it anywhere, so to speak.

Meh. Whatever. We'll hope for an upgrade tonight, when John Lackey seeks to redeem the bottom part of the rotation against Kenny Rogers.