Friday, June 03, 2005

Bullpen in Crisis -- Squiggy on the Scene

It's official, the Angels bullpen has been designated a National Disaster Area. The suddenly ominous duo of Brendan Donnelly & Scot Shields managed to spoil a just-off-the-DL quality start (has he had any other kind?) by Kelvim Escobar (6 IP 3 H 1 R 2BB 8 K) who left the game with a 4-1 lead at Fenway Park. The Colonel started the Red Sox rally by serving up a double to Kevin Millar and then walking Bill Mueller before giving up a towering double to Mark Bellhorn that plated Millar and moved Mueller to third. Johnny Damon grounded out to first scoring Mueller from third and advancing Bellhorn. That apparently was enough for Scioscia who decided to run Scot Shields out despite the fact that he has given up 4 runs in his last 2.2 innings pitched. Shields continued to pitch like he has an injury of some sort as he gave up a sac fly that tied the game at 4 but then induced Manny Ramirez to ground out back to the mound. In the eighth it was Shields again and more questionable managing by Scioscia. After giving up a single to Trot Nixon Shields struck out Jason Varitek but the pitch in the dirt allowed Nixon to steal second. In order to put the double-play in order Scioscia walked Bill Mueller intentionally to get to Mark Bellhorn. Now this would have been a fine move IF Shields could be counted on to force Bellhorn to hit a ground ball. But Shields could not be counted on to even get the ball put in play as he walked Bellhorn and then had to face Johnny Damon with the bases juiced. Damon naturally doubled, clearing the bases and dooming the Angels. The Halos did load the bases in the ninth but Steve Finley. who could have had a defining moment for himself as an Angel, instead struck out to end the game. Blech.

In the Yahoo! game wrap-up wayyyy down at the bottom under "notes" is this gem:
Among the celebrities in the crowd were David Lander, who played Squiggy in the sitcom ``Laverne and Shirley,'' and Susan St. James of ``Kate and Allie.'' St. James and her husband, NBC sports executive Dick Ebersol, were in town to attend the naming of a ballfield after their son, Teddy, who died in a plane crash."
I guess when Ben Affleck & Matt Damon are not in town Boston is pretty hard-up for 'celebrities'. This sounds more like a casting call for a really bad season of "The Surreal Life". Guess who I saw buying a hot dog at Fenway.....David Lander! Yes, that David Lander!


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David Lander is actually a scout for the Seattle Mariners now. I'm not making this up.

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