Godzilla made a winner out of The Angels after a spotty bullpen meltdown. Hideki Matsui drove home Bobby Abreu in the bottom of the 9th inning after an intentional walk of Torii Hunter. Senior citizen outfielders dominating late, it would have been a good evening for a 1970s night as the players born in the age of Nixon contributed to a win for reliever Fernando Rodney, who pitched a scoreless 9th.
SCOTTNAK ON THE WIN: Things were looking nice at the beginning of the game, after the Angels got the offense (somewhat) going to get some runs on the board. Surprise surprise, it was Godzilla to get the first run in as well! Unfortunately the As promptly pecked at the lead and eventually equalized it by the end of the 8th. (Of course, had Erick Aybar not made a baserunning gaffe, this game wouldn't have needed the heroics, but... hey. Worked out nicely in the end!)
And how about that Rodney, did pretty well today, nothing like the impending doomsday-like comments. Hopefully this will start a more positive wave of comments coming, for all topics that is "Angels"
Now the question to ponder is, would you have walked Hunter to get to Godzilla? (Of course, take the opinion if you were on the other side) I dunno. But we certainly got a nice SAYONARA GAME (サヨナラゲーム) from Godzilla!
UPDATE: Our SBN partner FANGRAPHS gave Matsui the WPA of .376, Weaver .251 and Rodney .154THREAD ONE ... GAME THREAD TWO...
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