Purgatory Online

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Last night's game ended at 12:34 a.m. Central Daylight Time. I'm always happy when I stay up that late for a loss; particularly when the Angels made a stellar comeback just as I was nodding off, only to throw it away in the 10th.

Rob is right to lay the proximate cause of this one on Percival's doorstep; sure, Eckstein made the error that opened the door, but with two outs and a man on first, your closer's gotta be able to get guys out. That's what closers do, you dig?

One other item of note: Jose Guillen sat out his second consecutive game, and the Angels are now indicating that he's facing season-ending surgery.

Ha! Ha! Not really. Maybe. Actually, they're saying that he has a stiff back, as opposed to the "it's just a day off" line they fed us Sunday. Post-it to Angels' management: players generally don't get scratched from the lineup right before game time unless there's a specific reason. If you don't want to say he's got an owie, try telling us the cat ate his batting gloves. It's less insulting to the intelligence.

Today, the Angels will try to improve their very poor record (it's something like 1-572, but I'm too lazy to look it up right now) against the Indians to one that's only moderately sucky. The Indians have Jake Westbrook going this afternoon, though, so the bats are going to need a bit o' sharpening.