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Angels Bullpen Woes Lead to 6-4 Loss

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Soth: "I'm telling ya, using two relievers to record two outs is a brilliant idea. It has always worked out for me before...."
Soth: "I'm telling ya, using two relievers to record two outs is a brilliant idea. It has always worked out for me before...."
Kevin Jepsen, who was called up yesterday to fill in for Francisco "Wolverine" Roriguez's spot on the roster, pitched the 10th inning retiring Juan Pierre on a groundout but then started to show signs of his former self giving up a base hit to Alexi Ramirez followed by a double down the left-field line to Adam Dunn to set-up the intentional walk to Paul Konerko.... At least that was the plan until Jepsen unleashed a pitch over Hank Conger's head which allowed Ramirez to score and Dunn to advance to 3rd. A sac-fly out to Peter Bourjos for the 2nd out allowed Dunn to tag up and score. Pierzynski struck out to end the inning.

Looks like Jordan Walden has picked up some bad habits from bullpen teammate Fernando Rodney as he was staked to a 4-2 lead only to blow it in the top of the 9th inning. Unfazed by this recent turn of events, the Angels in the 9th saw Reggie Willits take a walk to leadoff the inning only to have Peter Bourjos hit a pop-up to Ramirez and Erick Aybar ground into an rally-killing-double-play.

So yeah... 15 hits surrendered by Angels pitching + late inning meltdown = the shadows of the 2010 season still haunt this team....