UGLY, But it’s a win
Well, we survived that one! Let’s just say I’ve been to better games, many better games– but a win is a win!
The Angels had 14 hits and won 9-7 ( 1 fewer run than we needed -costing us free wings at ******* thank you very much).
The real story was that John Lackey was not sharp at all. Despite striking out 7 Mariners, he was knocked out in the 5th after more than 100 pitches and giving up 5 runs in the 5th inning to blow a 4 run lead.
Fortunately, Napoli hit a 2-out go ahead single in the 6th to help the Angels emerge victorious and stay 4.5 games back of Oakland. (Oakland smoked KC on George Brett Bobble Head night…)
The best hit of the night was Maicer Izturis’ solo homer that broke the game open and set up a potential 4 game sweep of the hapless Mariners. Izturis was the hot hitter– he had 3 extra base hits in addition to the HR. Great night for him.
Rivera also stole a nice floater that went foul from a Mariners fan in left field. Napoli was a hot hitter tonight as well.
This was Jarrod Washburn’s first loss facing the Angels. He allowed six runs, five earned, giving up 7 hits over 5 2/3 innings.
The halos are sending Ervin Santana (12-6, 4.36 ERA) to the mound to face the Mariner’s Wood (3-1, 4.11 ERA). Hopefully they’ll combine strong pitching with solid fielding (like lets have less than 4 errors please- tonight was ridiculous).