Saturday, August 20, 2005

Angels Bullpen Still Struggling

The Angels showed a lot of heart last night, coming back to tie the Red Sox with two runs knocked in on a clutch two-out single from Bengie Molina. But the bullpen provided no relief once again as Scot Shields gave up a run in the 10th that provided Boston with the margin they needed to get the victory. Shields gave up two hits and then walked the bases loaded before a groundout from Manny Ramirez plated the go-ahead run.

An inning earlier Frankie Rodriguez continued to struggle as he pitched the ninth with the score tied at 3. Rodriguez gave up a couple of hits but managed to wriggle out of the jam. The good news is K-Rod's velocity seemed to be back on his fastball which was clocked at 94 mph last night. But his control is still an issue and hitters are able to stroke his once unhittable slider.

Tough loss but teams are going to lose games like this occassionally. It will be a test of charcter today to see how they battle back against a pitcher (Boston's Bronson Arroyo) that they should be able to handle. Game of the week on Fox at 1 pm.


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