Some quick thoughts about Thursday night's game.
1) Jarrod Washburn continued the pattern of inconsistent starts by Angel starters Thursday by giving up five runs in the first two innings. However, considering that Angel starters seem to be alternating one bad start and then one good start lately perhaps this bodes well for tonight's starter John Lackey.
2) The bullpen really saved Thursday night for the Angels. They gave up only three hits through the last five innings. Washburn, in contrast, gave up 10 hits in the first five innings. Is there any way we can just have the bullpen pitch instead of certain Angel starters, i.e. Lackey and Washburn? The bullpen has tossed 19 straight scoreless innings.
3) Good comeback by the Angels -possibly their best so far. While the comeback in the first series in Texas was good, that one had a desperate frantic finish to it. This comeback started in the third inning, continued in the fourth and the eighth and was finished with small ball in the ninth. To recap the ninth, Darin Erstad walked, Juan Rivera bunted, Vladimir Guerrero struck out (can't that guy ever get a hit?) and Garret Anderson threw his bat at the ball and dinked it into center field. Tie game.
4) Always good to go into a tie game at home - it always feels better, you know. Anyway, once we got through the top of the tenth, I felt we had a pretty good chance to win it, even with the bottom of the order up.
So, Orlando Cabrera, came to the plate, worked a 3-1 count and blasted Jason Davis' final pitch of the night into the left-field seats to give the Angels a 6-5 win.
And perhaps Cabrera's blast will help Angel fans forget about David Eckstein just a little bit. (His home run also echoed some of David Eckstein's greatest hits. Remember in 2002, when Eckstein hit back-to-back grand slams, including a game-winning one at home? Angel play-by-play man Steve Physioc said about Eckstein's home run, "He's done it again!" Physioc again said "He's done it again!" but this time it was for Cabrera. Perhaps Steve needs to get some new material.)
5) So, anyway, that's about it. Angels are 9-7, one game up on the Mariners and A's, heading into tonight's three game series with the A's.
6) Thinking about Cabrera's home run reminds me - does anyone else miss the game-winning RBI stat? I know I do. I'm sure baseball stat-heads probably don't miss it and say it doesn't mean anything but I kind of liked looking in the box score and seeing who drove in the winning run.