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Angels Blow 8-Run Lead, C.J. Wilson Positive Milquetoast Attitude Leads to Meltdown

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ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 18:  C.J. Wilson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2012 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 18: C.J. Wilson #33 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 18, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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Final Score in Anaheim: Rays 10 Angels 8

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After honoring the greatest Angels team of them all before the game, the Angels suffered their worst home loss in franchise history, surrendering an eight run lead at home in a loss for the first time in club history.

  • This team is not winning the division.
  • This team is not qualifying for either Wild Card slot.

The only two questions are (ONE) Will pitching coach Mike Butcher will be let go before the season ends? and (TWO) Does Mike Scioscia get one more chance to make the postseason on Arte Moreno's blank check?

C.J. Wilson looked dominating and then was suddenly an old maid.

Jason Isringhausen set foot on a mound in a high leverage situation.

Scott Downs might have been able to pitch a little more and not put so much pressure on Jepsen.

Kevin Jepsen couldn't handle the pressure.

The offense scored eight runs, their is no problem there. The pitching staff is burned out from exhaustion, buried in a hail of hits, poisoned in the bullpen and blown out even when not trailing. No sequence of batters can give them shelter from the storm of earned runs Mike Butcher has so perfectly crafted.

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