Angels Do Their Best to Earn Their Orange Slices... Lose 5-2 to the Rangers

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Howie is Hyperextended...

Final Score in Anaheim: Angels 2, Rangers 5

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The game started promising and ended up as another devastating loss; both for the team and for the Howie...

Rev HF Here: From the once cheap seats Colin Cowgill looked totally to blame for either not hollering at Howie or not getting out of his way.

Howie Kendrick has hyperextended his knee after a collision with RF Colin Cowgill, stupidly placed in the lineup because manager Mike Scioscia deemed worthy outfielder Kole Calhoun, 25, needed a day off. Ojh dear.

Oh yeah, and the Angels lost. that collision cost them two runs in what would have ended the inning. Jerome Williams had moments of brilliance as a starting pitcher but came out a loser tonight anyway.

Joe Blanton had a great relief appearance, throwing three scoreless innings with a [pitch lower than what C.J. Wilson would toss to the first two batters of a game. On the postgame radio show, Mark Langston had an astute observation, noting that Blanton has gone with his secondary breaking pitches and an average change-up when pitching out of the bullpen instead of relying on his flat, half-dead fastball which ruined his season as a starter.

Too bad we didn't have Langston in the booth and anyone else on the mound in 1995.

To make things even lousier, the Angels left the bases loaded in consecutive late innings. The seventh and eighth each saw three men stranded on base. Tragic. Almost as tragic as Howie hanging on the shoulders of Rick Smith limping gingerly off the field.

Perhaps the Grant Green era starts now...

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