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Angels Go Gutless in Loss to Oakland

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September 9, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno (right) watches game action in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
September 9, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno (right) watches game action in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Final Score in Anaheim: Athletics 6 Angels 5

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Tying run on 3B with nobody out and a speedy pinch runner on 1B and a GIDP ends it after a K swinging.

This is a third place team alright.

Runners on 3B should not be stranded at the rate this team leaves them.

Mike Scioscia brought Peter Bourjos in as a pinch runner as the winning run with the tying run on 3B and NO OUT and Bourjos never moved. Mike froze. Mike is terrified. Mike is afraid to make a move.

But let's focus the camera on someone's baby in the crowd - there is your telecast - and that is what you get for your trouble, Arte Moreno, dirty diapers on a minor league broadcast.

Howie Kendrick and Kendrys Morales played like over the hill mules slipping don a step mountain trail. I don't even know what that means but I have a better grasp of what they could have done in their ABs than they did. Did Boston send over beer and chicken to the clubhouse?

Here is the number they are highlighting on the insipid postgame show: 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. Shocked it was that high. This game was winnable twice: early and late. Sloppy swings by Kendry and Howie and Albert Pujols (who had a little redemption in the 9th but who is grandfathering it badly these days) added up to a turkey. And the only people giving thanks are the drum-beating hippies in green and gold up in Occupyland.