Purgatory Online

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Burly left today's game after landing awkwardly on his ankle while attempting to field an infield chopper. Cruising after 7.1 innings, he looked like a lock to make his first complete game in an Angels uniform, but was in obvious difficulty as he left the field. The Associated Press, however, is reporting that he "expects to make his next start."

The Angels, meanwhile, managed to scrape out a 2-1 win over Johan Santana and the Twins, the first loss Santana has taken well nigh unto a year. Shields looked depressingly shaky in relief of Colon, and was pulled after allowing two to reach base while retiring no one. But Frankie came on and got the double play ball on his third pitch, then hung on in the ninth despite surrendering a homer to leadoff batter Shannon Stewart.

All in all, despite the 1-2 record in the Metrodome, the Angels can feel pretty good on the flight to Seattle (assuming Burly's ankle is, in fact, okay). They beat the reigning Cy Young winner, and played .500 ball on the road against New York and Minnesota. Plus, Adam Kennedy is expected to rejoin the team in the next few days, with Bengie Molina close behind. The job now, of course, is to take care of the Mariners and head home with some momentum.