Thursday, June 02, 2005

Thanks for the Heart Palpitations

K-Rod returned last night and damn near gave me heart failure. Here is his line from the ninth inning:

1.0 IP 1 H 1 R 3 BB 3 K

I think it is safe to say that Frankie did not quite have his control back as he walked the bases loaded and gave up a hit. Another example of why closers should not be used in non-closing situations. I'm sure Scioscia wanted to give the kid a little work as Frankie charged in from the bullpen in the ninth with a four-run lead. He started fine, striking out A.J. Pierzynski but Jermaine Dye (who homered in the 9th to beat the Angels yesterday) was down 0-2 before doubling off the centerfield wall. Timo Perez then struck out and it looked like all was right with the world. Then K-Rod forgot how to strow strikes and walked the next three batters including Frank Thomas whose base-on ball forced in a run. Juan Uribe stood at the plate representing the winning run and it looked like he was going to have a walk-off Grand Slam as he hit a towering fly ball to left that just drifted foul. But Uribe struck out on the next pitch the Angels shaky victory was in the books. By the end of the night the Angels found themselves just a few percentage points behind Texas for second place.

Paul Byrd looked very hittable on Wednesday, giving up five runs on six hits. The silver lining for Byrd was that he did not walk a batter but did manage to strike out six.

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