Purgatory Online

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Busy, busy, busy, today, so just random notes:

- I'm not crapping my drawers about Frankie giving up a grand slam to Tejada last night. Let's remember that having the bases full wasn't his fault; it very possibly wouldn't even have gotten to Tejada if Rodriguez had started the inning, so in a way those insurance runs in the top of the ninth were actually a net negative. Anyway, Frankie made one bad pitch, a fastball that stayed up in the zone, and Tejada showed why he's a damn good hitter.

- Juan Rivera, of course, had a major-league game. The hits were great, but even better were the two assists he had, throwing runners out at second. The first was Sosa's fault, and I will never, ever, as long as I live, get tired of watching dumbshit power hitters start their little home run trots only to realize halfway down the line that it ain't quite got the distance. Rivera's second assist, nailing Tejada at second, was just great play in the outfield.

- I'm in agreement with Scioscia: the biggest hit of the game was Cabrera's two-out, bases loaded hit in the top of the second. If Cabrera makes an out there the Angels have loaded the bases in the first two innings with nothing to show for it; instead, they broke through. As it was, the game "felt" like a blowout, even when the lead was only four runs, up until Tejada's ball went over the right-field fence.

At the moment, 3.5 games up in the standings, it's time to take advantage of some of the softer road games the Angels have and keep pressing forward.