Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Just Regular Frustration, Nothing Too Crazy

For the non-night owls, here's how it went down:

Buchholz gave up a dong to Trout on his second pitch, then gave up another run in the first. But he settled down. In the meantime, Salty cut it to 2-1, and then we had a 3-run 4th. After two singles with the bases loaded made it 3-2 us, we still had nobody out, and Remy talked about going for the death blow. At which point Kalish promptly hit into the world's most perfectly tailor-made double play. It scored a run to make it 4-2, but Weaver got the next guy to end the frame. We should have had a lot more.

We added a run in the 6th to make it 5-2. But Clay started losing it again, giving back 2 runs, as Aceves warmed. He did escape further damage, keeping it at 5-4 after 6. Then he got out of another jam in the 7th, and left after throwing 109 pitches.

Finally Aceves came in for the 8th, and got the side in order. We had 4 baserunners in the 8th and 9th, but could not add any insurance.

With Bailey unavailable, Aceves stayed in for the 6-out save attempt, up by a run. He got the first guy quickly in the 9th. Then on a ball in the dirt, suddenly the ump awarded Aybar first base. Apparently the ball had hit his foot. Remy and Don didn't think so, as you could clearly see the ball bounce off the dirt behind his foot. Still, the ball could have skimmed the shoe. Any limp or fake-limp Aybar had quickly disappeared as he stole second, and the next batter walked on 4 pitches, putting rookie sensation Mike Trout in position to tie or win the game....

So a game that had been going fairly smoothly was now in the high-pressure zone. In other words, it's still 2012.

Trout got jammed, and broke his bat, blooping one to the left side of second base. Pedroia got close to it coming from the other side of the bag, but couldn't knock it down, which would have at least kept the tying run from scoring. Instead he scores easily, and now Hunter's up needing only a sac fly to win it. And that's just what that shit got. We lose 6-5. Be glad you didn't stay up till 1:15 a.m.

Of course, adding insult to personal Jere injury, Don Orsillo says, literally while we're seeing the Red Sox dejectedly walking off the field and the Angels running onto it, that the Angels walk off. Adding insult to that insult, Remy also says the Angels walk off. Yeah, and James Holmes went into a movie theater and "got shot" by dozens of innocent victims. While Batman watched them!


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