Angels Take 2 at Wrigley, Aybar May Be DL Bound.  Halolinks.

Angel Stadium All Star Game Commercial...

Payback! Cubs Pound 18 Hits, Beat Angels 12-1 - Bleed Cubbie Blue


One thing I will note regarding use of players: Mike Scioscia, having his starter bounced from the game in the third inning, used reliever Sean O'Sullivan to throw 3.1 innings of relief, even giving him an at-bat (and why Z didn't just throw three strikes, is beyond me -- O'Sullivan did swing and ground out, but he probably wouldn't have done that if the count hadn't been run to 3-2). See, Lou? You can use a pitcher in "long relief"!  Also, Scioscia pulled Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter after the top of the seventh, even though neither of them had batted in that inning. What a concept! It gave some playing time to players who could use it to stay sharp. Why couldn't Lou use Mike Fontenot today? Or Chad Tracy? Or Kosuke Fukudome? Instead, all eight starting position players played the first eight innings; Tyler Colvin played the field in the ninth after batting for Andrew Cashner and once again getting a hit off a lefty (this time, Brian Fuentes).

I watched almost every inning from this weekend's series with the Cubs, and the difference I noticed about the two managers was Scioscia seemed to be involved in every play, if not every pitch, while Lou Piniella might have died a couple weeks ago and someone forgot to tell him.  Highlights?  Sorry, when you lose 12-1 all you get is one highlight...and that's a defensive one: Hunter makes a nice diving catch in center - Torii Hunter makes a great diving catch in center to rob Starlin Castro of a hit in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Angels to decide Tuesday on whether to send Aybar to DL -  ESPN Los Angeles
Angels manager Mike Scioscia sounded as if he also was leaning toward a DL stint for Aybar. "If a player's not able to go out there and play and if he's at a heightened risk of getting hurt, you're not going to play him," Scioscia said.

Why doesn't he use the same thoughts when dealing with Fuentes?  The way he's been pitching, Fuentes is probably in danger of getting hurt by a line drive off the forehead.  Which brings us to this...

Angels' Brian Fuentes charged with three runs in loss - latimes.com
Fuentes, who hadn't given up a run while converting save opportunities in his previous three outings, was charged with three runs in a 12-1 loss and left with a 6.23 earned-run average. Not that Manager Mike Scioscia, who said Fuentes will remain his closer, seemed all that concerned. "I don't think you're going to look at a reliever's ERA and grade him out on that," Scioscia said. "Especially in a short relief role, a couple bad outings, and it's going to take a long time to get that ERA where it needs to be. But in Brian's role, you look at saves and opportunities and how many times he holds leads, the things that are important to teams winning games. The ball is coming out of Brian's hand well. He just missed some spots, and those guys squared up some balls."

Fuentes: 17.1 IP, 17 hits (of those 17 hits, 11 have gone for extra bases) and 12 earned runs.  The ball may be coming out of his hand well, but it's getting flying off the bats even better.

 

Wood struggles in return to shortstop  - The Orange County Register
Scioscia said Aybar is "still moving forward" in his recovery but the team might make a decision on that roster spot following Monday's day off. "I think by Tuesday we'll know definitely how close he is and be able to make a determination," Scioscia said. "We should know by then if this thing is moving in the right direction." Even if Aybar goes on the DL, Wood will likely remain the primary shortstop in his absence with Frandsen having some experience there (but more suited to third base). Only Gary Patchett or Hainley Statia in Triple-A offer alternatives. "I think defensively we're going to be OK," Scioscia said. "I think this infield can play at a high enough level to support our pitching."

I was a huge Brandon Wood supporter, but it might be time to give it up.  He looks completely lost at the plate, and now if he can't adequately play defense, what's the point of having him on the club?  Deal him for some bullpen help.

Lindsey Gets $873,000 From Angels - Baseball America
Taylor Lindsey, the supplemental first-round pick who signed on Friday with the Angels, received an $873,000 bonus.

June 21 - BR Bullpen
1975 - In the opener of a doubleheader, the Angels' Frank Tanana strikes out 17 Rangers without a walk during a 4 - 2 win. Texas cops the nitecap, 6 - 5.
1978 - The California Angels' Dave Machemer homers in his first ML at bat during a 5 - 2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Machemer will never hit another long ball.
2001 - Returning to the major leagues after a stint with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, Jose Canseco starts as the designated hitter for the Chicago White Sox. The former All-Star, who has 446 career home runs (23rd all time), didn't get any offers after being released by the Anaheim Angels in the spring.

Canseco was an Angel?  I wonder why I don't remember that.

This sucks.  Hard:

Los Angeles Angels
Howard Kendrick, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .273
Kevin Frandsen, 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .352
Bobby Abreu, RF 2 0 0 0 1 2 1 .270
    Reggie Willits, CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
Torii Hunter, CF 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 .293
    Robb Quinlan, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .121
Hideki Matsui, LF 4 0 2 0 0 2 1 .266
Mike Napoli, 1B 4 0 2 0 0 2 1 .251
Jeff Mathis, C 4 0 1 0 0 3 4 .310
Brandon Wood, SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .171
Joe Saunders, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Sean O'Sullivan, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
   a- Juan Rivera, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .241
    Francisco Rodriguez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Brian Fuentes, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Trevor Bell, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 1 10 1 1 10    
a-grounded into a double play for O'Sullivan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Torii Hunter (22, Zambrano), Hideki Matsui (13, Marmol)
RBI - Torii Hunter (50)
2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter (17)
SB - Kevin Frandsen (1, 2nd base off Zambrano/Soto)
CS - Torii Hunter (7, 2nd base by Zambrano/Soto)
PK - Bobby Abreu (3, Zambrano)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Howard Kendrick (6, Throwing), Brandon Wood (6, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Marlon Byrd, CF 6 2 2 0 0 1 4 .320
Jeff Baker, 3B 6 1 2 1 0 2 5 .257
Derrek Lee, 1B 4 0 2 4 0 0 3 .234
Xavier Nady, RF 5 2 2 0 0 2 4 .272
    Carlos Marmol, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Geovany Soto, C 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 .271
Alfonso Soriano, LF 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 .270
Starlin Castro, SS 4 2 1 0 1 0 3 .266
Ryan Theriot, 2B 4 3 3 1 1 0 1 .283
Carlos Zambrano, P 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .250
    Andrew Cashner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
   a- Tyler Colvin, PH-RF 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 .310
Totals 43 12 18 11 3 6    
a-singled for Cashner in the 8th
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd 2 (24, O'Sullivan, Fuentes), Jeff Baker (5, Saunders), Derrek Lee (10, Saunders), Xavier Nady (5, Fuentes), Ryan Theriot (6, Fuentes)
HR - Geovany Soto (8, Saunders)
SF - Derrek Lee (2)
RBI - Jeff Baker (12), Derrek Lee 4 (33), Geovany Soto (18), Alfonso Soriano (35), Ryan Theriot (17), Carlos Zambrano (3), Tyler Colvin 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Derrek Lee 3 (15), Alfonso Soriano (15), Ryan Theriot (11), Tyler Colvin 2 (9)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Soto-Castro, Castro-Theriot-Lee, Zambrano-Soto-Lee
E - Jeff Baker (3, Misplayed grounder)
 
Los Angeles Angels
Joe Saunders (L,5-8) 2.2 9 8 5 2 2 1 5.07
Sean O'Sullivan 3.1 3 1 1 0 1 0 2.70
Francisco Rodriguez 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.92
Brian Fuentes 0.2 4 3 3 1 1 0 6.23
Trevor Bell 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.94
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 84-53, Sean O'Sullivan 43-31, Francisco Rodriguez 17-11, Brian Fuentes 22-12, Trevor Bell 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 4-4, Sean O'Sullivan 4-5, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 21, Sean O'Sullivan 13, Francisco Rodriguez 5, Brian Fuentes 7, Trevor Bell 1
Chicago Cubs
Carlos Zambrano (W,3-5) 7 8 1 1 1 7 0 5.10
Andrew Cashner 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Carlos Marmol 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.71
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 111-72, Andrew Cashner 14-9, Carlos Marmol 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 7-4, Andrew Cashner 1-1
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 27, Andrew Cashner 4, Carlos Marmol 4
 
Game Information
Attendance - 39850
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Field Culbreth

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