Everyone wore 42 last night; it was fun but also confusing, like usual. What wasn’t fun was the actual game because the Angels bullpen is just the worst.
Run Expectancy Rundown
Lots of good offense from the Angels tonight even though so many guys are still struggling. It is actually encouraging that they can score so much despite the likes of David Freese and Raul Ibanez. Or it would be encouraging had Kole Calhoun not broken himself at the end of this game.
Starting Pitcher Scores
The Angels beat up Straily to give Oakland the first blemish on the record of their rotation in 2014. Unfortunately, they were able to overcome it since Garrett Richards was excellent for five innings and lousy for two.
This is new, both bullpens being bad. Of course, the Angels were more bad, as per usual. Yoslan Herrera got saddled with the loss, but it was really Joe Smith who took a big explosive diarrhea dump on the mound.
Just brutal. They were up, then down, then back up to the point that they nearly had it wrapped up only to be nearly completely out of it before Mike Trout saved the day, temporarily. They made one last dying gasp in the 11th, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Et tu, Joe Smith? Et tu?