Final Score in Baltimore: Orioles 9, Angels 7
The magic is gone. Ervin Santana might have a case of dead arm, or his arm might be dead. The Orioles took batting practice off of the Angels number 3 starter. Peter Bourjos got his first major league hit and stole his first major league base. It was the second straight game where Ervin dug an early grave. He was the Quality Start Loser of the first half and now he is the lodestone of holedigging tomato tossers.
Sure, the Angels bats came alive and mounted a valiant comeback but, at 8 games back with 52 to play, results are all that count and all those bats got us was big L unless they can somehow be banked for 2011. Last night it was the bullpen, tonight it was the starting itching, I predict we get shut out tomorrow for the blame everyone trifecta.
I challenge anyone who Tivo'd or DVR's the postgame show to find a single sentence of baseball analysis in there that expanded your knowledge or understanding of the game - in fact, since the excuse for the garbage FSN produces is that they want to appeal to a wide base of low IQ sports numbnuts, check out your recording of the postgame show and pull a single sentence in there that, if you had to explain the game to a European who wanted to understand it better or a little leaguer who was enthused about the sport but had no comprehension of the nuances - I dare ya to find anything of value, and tripe like "stringing together hits" and "momentum carrying over" don't count.
And yeah, Torii Hunter was dumb dumb dumb for trying to steal 3B in the 9th inning - inexcusably dumb - but if career average Santana shows up tonight the Hunter stupidity is a non-issue. There is classic Angels aggressive and just dumb baserunning. Torii is not the first of these two.
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