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Short Streak Snapped, Saunders Sees Series Start. Halolinks

Slow day in Halolink-land...

Halos, Fuentes unable to close Tigers -
Working the count full, Cabrera unloaded on a fastball, sending it over the fence in left field. A lead was gone, and before long a five-game Angels winning streak also expired, the Tigers prevailing, 4-3, in front of 35,279 at Angel Stadium. While the focus was on the inconsistency of an Angels bullpen that has surrendered 27 earned runs in its past 29 1/3 innings, the offense also misfired, going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The Angels were unable to capitalize on errors by Kelly at third in the fifth and Bonderman in the sixth, as well as a leadoff bunt single by Aybar in the third.

Okay, so we all know happened. Fuentes enters the game in the top of the ninth and throws a few pitches to Cabrera, the last of which lands in Diamond Bar. After a couple walks, a flare hit to left, Angels lose. However, not all of the blame should go to Fuentes. Up until Torii Hunter's double with one out in the 8th, the Angels were hitless after the third inning failing to mount any kind of offense after building a 3-0 lead in the first.

Tigers-Angels Preview - Sporting News
Verlander (0-1, 2.12 ERA) and Saunders (1-2, 4.26) are two of the AL's winningest pitchers over the last two years. Saunders is second with 33 victories in that span while Verlander is fifth with 30.Verlander is 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA in six starts against the Angels. While the Tigers have won both his starts in Anaheim, he has allowed 11 runs and 19 hits in 10 2-3 innings. Saunders will try to help them avoid settling for a series split after he recorded his first win Saturday, pitching a season-high eight innings while giving up two unearned runs and five hits in a 6-3 win at Toronto. The left-hander is 1-1 with a 5.18 ERA in seven starts against the Tigers.

The Baseball Collector: 4/15/10 at Yankee Stadium
Now, let me just state for the record that I really do like the Angels. I worked as an unpaid intern for one of their minor league affiliates in 1995 -- the Boise Hawks -- and it was the best summer of my life. Among the many awesome things that happened, the Hawks ended up winning the Northwest League championship, and I was unexpectedly given a championship ring. It's one of my most prized possessions, baseball or otherwise, so I've always rooted for the Angels as a result. That said, I've taken some heat from Yankee fans for wearing visiting teams' gear in the Bronx, so I want to make it very clear that on this particular occasion, I did it for a personal reason. No disrespect intended.

This post is about a week old, but I just found it yesterday. Some of you may have heard of this guy who goes from park to park catching foul balls (he has over 4000). Anyway, this post is about one of last week's Angel-Yankee games. Be sure to check out some of his other posts, especially about former stadiums and how he'd have staked out his areas for balls.