Game Rewind: Left Behind – Yankees 3, Angels 2

26 runners left on base, 12 as a team.  The Angels left so many runners on base I am beginning to think they might have had a religious conversion.

Left Behind

Have the Angels started to take their heavenly name too literally?

The bad old Angel line-up reared its ugly head against AJ Burnett today, wasting countless scoring opportunities.  Somehow the Angels only managed to score two runs despite having baserunners in EVERY SINGLE INNING!!!  When you factor in that the Halos also had their leadoff man reach base in six of the innings, you almost have to be more impressed at that level of ineptitude rather than upset about it.

Of course it won’t be so impressive if the Angels continue to demonstrate such awe-inspiring futility the rest of the season on into the playoffs.

Maicer Izturis loses his bat

The Angels were literally throwing away run-scoring opportunities.

Angelic Accomplishments:

  • Did Kendry Morales really steal a base off of Jose Molina?  Quick, someone check the weather report in hell, I think we might need to send them some parkas.
  • Chone Figgins looks to be the latest Angel to bust out of his slump after his second consecutive three-hit game.

Devilish Details:

  • A brilliant strategy by the Yankees to pitch around Chone Figgins to load the bases in the 8th inning for Erick Aybar.  Curse the Yankees for knowing that having the bases loaded is the Angels’ kryptonite!
  • Maybe Kendry Morales isn’t all the way back yet.  How do you go from 4-for-4 last night to four strikeouts in less than 24 hours?
  • Mike Napoli continues to do nothing to help his own cause.  Sure he had a base hit and a walk, but he made yet another fielding gaffe and even got lifted for a pinch-hitter with the game on the line.  If Mike Scioscia had any faith left in Mike Napoli before the game, it is clearly all gone now.

Halo Anti-Hero:

  • Erick Aybar

Erick Aybar

Aybar led the LOB brigade, stranding six runners, lowlighted by his bases loaded fly out in the eighth inning.

Garrett Wilson

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