Angels’ Texas Two Step – Big Misstep, Stomp

So the little bird we were counting on to fly in at the last minute and tell the Angels where the Rangers rumored jewel encrusted armor might have a crack or two (Psssst, it’s right over the heart…er…pitcher’s mound, a concept we should well understand.) was apparently delayed a day by bad weather. But, once that bird did arrive, ooooh boy. 15 hits. 15 runs. 12 RBIs. Nice. Almost too nice to be entertaining…almost. *grins*

So, about Monday. Even if the aforementioned bird had arrived, C.J. Wilson is definitely not the weak point in the armor I was talking about and he was pretty on. To make matters worse, it was not the good Ervin Santana who took the mound for the Angels. It’s not Scioscia’s fault. It’s so hard to tell until you get a few innings in. Both the good controlled Santana and the bad out of control Santana have dark goatees – in clear violation of the evil twin statutes in the Marvel accords, I might add. What’s a manager to do…other than, oh I don’t know, pull him a little earlier? I know, I know. Then we have to roll a D-10 to see if the Bullpen self destructs. In this particular game, however, the Bullpen did a fine job, especially Rich Thompson. It’s possible they might even have saved us if it weren’t for the bats. Not to take anything away from C.J. Wilson, who clearly pitched a great game, but it’s not like we can’t hit him. We were hitting him, in fact. Just not with runners in scoring position. 10 hits. 1 run. But, enough about that.

Cut to today and you have a completely different game. Matt Palmer had an excellent second start. If he keeps this up, I will have even less worries about the starting rotation once you get past Weaver and Haren. And the bats, especially the junior bats, were on fire. Mark Trumbo, Hank Conger and Peter Bourjos combined for nine of the 15 hits and two of the three homeruns. Trumbo had four RBIs! Conger rocked at the plate! And Bourjos? Yes, it was a single and an error not a real infield the park home run but how many other ballplayers could get all the way home on that error? A few, but not many. The sight of him tearing around second and then third? He is so fast that it looked like a special effect. Vernon Wells, Alberto Callaspo and Maicer Izturis also continued their hitting streaks and our fielding was spot on. Of course, the Rangers also committed four uncharacteristic errors and pretty much crumpled after the fourth inning, which didn’t hurt matters any. In fact, it almost took the fun out the game…almost.

But about the kids? I’m extending my Chatwood plea to all of them. Can we keep them, Sosh? Please. They’re young. They won’t be much trouble. Can we, can we? Well, they’re all safe for the first round of returns from the DL, at any rate. Erick Aybar came off the DL this evening and I am pleased with the corresponding roster change. Brandon Wood has been designated for assignment. The assumption is that he won’t pass waivers and will cease to be an Angel sometime in the next three days. Wood seems like a nice kid. He’s got pretty good moves at short stop and I wish him well wherever he lands, but it’s time. It’s more than time. The Murphy’s Law corollary pertaining to baseball changes of scenery being what it is, expect Wood to become a 2011 batting champion runner up somewhere else, ha ha ha.

So, there you have it, two very uneven games. They killed us once, we killed them once and we’re still tied for first place…an unimportant April 19th 1st place, but still. Tomorrow, the rubber match, with our hero, Ace #1, Jered Weaver – as opposed to our hero, Ace #2 Dan Haren :) – appearing on the mound for the Angels. He will duel it out with Matt Harrison, a Nolan Ryan favorite and all around tough customer. Hopefully both teams really show up this time and make this the game it should be…with the Angels ultimately winning, of course. This could be a heck of a game.

7 Comments

The rubber match between these two should be highly entertaining. Great win 15-4, looks like the Angels remembered how to swing the Kentucky lumber. Weaver should have a solid game.
–Mike
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

And so… the Brandon Wood saga ends…. I can hardly believe it. But, it is the right move… also, Weaver is the man and I look for him to continue his dominance throughout the season (a far cry from his brother, Jeff).
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

That was a great score! When I checked the games last night I was surprised to see all those runs. Good job, Angels.

http://www.janeheller.com/confessionsblog

Mike – So far, so good, that’s for sure. Yes, the team found their bats again…or finished thawing them out from Chicago.
Jeff – And so it ends for us anyway. It was definitely time and will be interesting to see if anyone else can teach him to hit consistently. Yes, the younger brother is definitely the more talented Weaver. Thanksgiving dinner with Mom and Dad must be interesting in the Weaver household, and possibly a little cold from some corners of the table.
Jane – Yeah, it was the kind of score that makes you wish you could bank some of those runs for later.
— Kristen

Red Sox @ Angels 10:05 ….I was watching my A’s play Boston yesterday and even though the LOB category was in double figures it was still fun to watch. Lots of strikeouts, home runs, great plays in the field. One thing I did notice was that Boston looks very HUNGRY for road wins. You can see it their faces. Look out Angels! *evil grin* Should be a good series.
Jon

http://invariablybaseball.mlblogs.com/

Maybe the Angels need to trade Wood for Mark DeRosa. I hear he’s available. Also, I loved the “evil twin statute” comment. Had me laughing a bit.

Ron

http://strictlycubsbaseball.mlblogs.com/

Jon – Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting! The Red Sox are always hungry for wins when they come to the Big A, even when their record is good. And after last season, boy are the Angels hungry for wins against the Red Sox. I’m sure this evening’s grudge match is fun for you here in the 10th inning, but I am dying over here, LOL.
Ron – Nah, time to just let Wood ride off in search of grand adventures elsewhere. It’s a case of not having room to carry him anymore. The Angels aren’t really looking for a replacement. Glad I gave someone other than just my husband chuckle. :)
— Kristen

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